Despite appearances, Aquaplus has created a worthy dungeon crawler with plenty of hours of story gameplay, a complex RPG system, and TONS of customization. Every character is of one of 5 main classes (Fighter, Magic User, Maid, Spieler, Scout). At level 15, they can specialize into one of 2-3 subclasses, and then again at level 30, can pick between 3-4 advanced subclasses. Needless to say, there’s a ton of depth to sink your teeth into, and it gets engaging quickly.
|Your intro to the first of your party. Cheap sex jokes and a panty shot. Yes I censored it.|
|A couple of your party members discussing what they do in their free time.|
|I still don't know what that green bottle is in front of her.|
|That's a lot of angry fruit.|
|I found her quite funny, actually. The secret classroom gives you tips and tricks on how to succeed.|
|You run into a bizarre bunch of creatures and characters out there...|
A couple of cool gameplay components are the "Sealing" portions of the game. Once you defeat an enemy, you "seal" it. Once you get enough (9) and when you return to the Library you can create Sealbooks, buffs that increase (or decrease) your skills when you equip them. You also learn info about the monsters, like weaknesses to status effects or elemental attacks.
|A list of the sealed monsters you capture|
So how does it all play? Well, it is all 2D graphics, with very little animation. Attacks are just swipes across the screen, spells do explode or swirl on characters but nothing really spectacular. When you dungeon crawl it is very Might and Magic-y. First person perspective but with a stop go march around the dungeon land. You have a map to track your progress and you rely on that pretty heavily to get around. The Vita's sticks aren't used here, either... just the D Pad. It works just fine, and probably better than the sticks, but still, it adds to the "older" feel to the game.
|Stats and equip lists for your character|
|You find loot out in the dungeons but you need to "identify" it first before you can equip it. It costs, but you generally make cash for id-ing stuff and then selling it.|
Although the strongly sexual nature may distract, underneath it all is a solid JRPG that allows for total hands-on customization and strategies.
Thanks to Atlus for providing a review code!
What do you think, readers? Care to dip into this one? How do you feel about the female portrayals here? Let us know in the comments!