There has been a bit of a boom lately when it comes to visual novels, but fans of the genre will agree that there’s always room for more, especially yuri ones. That’s why it’s great to see that there are small indie teams like Noodletub that are trying to make great yuri themed games. Noodletub recently launched a Kickstarter for LOVE BAKUDAN an 18+ yuri visual novel that takes place in Japan. The game promises to combine elements of comedy and drama, along with a spicy adult twist on top
Mokoko is a fun Qix inspired title that fuses addictive gameplay with some lewd visuals. It shares a lot of similarities with the Gals Panic series by Kaneko, but adds enough wacky elements of its own so that it doesn’t just feel like a cheap clone. The free nudity patch is completely optional, but even without it, Mokoko is not exactly a family-friendly game. Nevertheless, it’s a fun game and definitely offers a lot of value for money.
Gameplay: It uses the tried and tested Qix formula, so you know it’s addictive and fun.
Graphics: Nothing spectacular, but the art is decent overall.
Sound: The soundtrack is decent and the voice acting is pretty good
Euphoria is a dark and twisted visual novel with plenty of explicit and over the top sex scenes. However, while it may seem like a pure nukige title, it also has a storyline that draws you in right from the start while continually going in unexpected directions. It’s definitely not a title for the faint of heart or easily offended, but if you can appreciate a good story and put up with some rather unsavory elements, then it’s worth checking out.
Gameplay: Very twisted and filled with plenty of unsavory stuff, but the story is also dark and compelling.
Graphics: Plenty of uncensored CGs, but the backgrounds are rather limited and there are no animations.
Sound: A dark and moody soundtrack and full voice acting for all the female characters
Crawlco Block Knockers is an addictive action/puzzle title that draws inspiration from a rather unusual source. The whole thing looks and plays like a sleazy nineties arcade game, but it’s so much more than just a flimsy excuse to ogle a couple of lewd images. Not only is the game challenging, but it totally nails the audio and visual style of the era while still offering enough options to customize everything to your liking. If you are a fan of the genre, then CBK is more than worth the asking price.
Gameplay: Challenging, addictive and great fun.
Graphics: The visuals perfectly capture the weird and sleazy arcade era of the nineties.
Sound: Decent sound effects and a great soundtrack by OSC
The Sakura series heads into space for a yuri adventure with this release by Winged Cloud. Players get to experience what happens when Captain Shika and her crew of mercenaries stumbles across the bounty of a lifetime. Although it might look like you have choices in the game, it plays out more like a kinetic novel, but offers some entertainment nonetheless. We would recommend sticking to the uncensored version though, as it offers a bit more content.
Gameplay: There are some interesting story elements, but the focus is mostly on the ecchi escapades of the girls.
Graphics: The artwork by Inma is gorgeous as always, but the cast is small and the locations limited.
Sound: No voice acting and decent, but unremarkable music
Sweetest Monster is the latest release from ebi-hime, which means interesting characters and memorable situations. It is defintely a much darker title than what you might think, but one that kept us hooked right to the very end. At only about 40,000 words it is slightly shorter than the average visual novel, but the story is good and the price very reasonable. Anyone looking for something with a bit more substance than the typical lighthearted cat-girl visual novels should definitely give this kinetic novel a try.
Gameplay: Beautifully written and definitely very memorable despite the lack of choices or story branches.
Graphics: The game only features a limited amount of character sprites and backgrounds, but they are all great.
Sound: There is no voice acting, but the background music and sound effects are of a very high standard
A few years back, the Spartacus television series rekindled interest in gladiators with its brutal depiction of combat in the arena. Unfortunately, the show has long since run its course, but now a Finnish game company, Frak ltd., has stepped up to fill that void. Their debut title, Gladiator Bastards, is available now from the Play Store, so Android owners can spill the blood of their opponents on the warm sands of the Colosseum. Apple fans won’t have to wait too long to join in on the action either, as an iOS version is planned for this year too
If you like your visual novels with plenty of sex scenes and very little plot, then I guess Cat Girl Alliance will be appealing. The limited amount of characters, futanari elements and lack of anything interesting happening beyond the sex scenes will however limit the audience of this game. While not the worst visual novel that I have played it is nothing special either.
Gameplay: Non-existent and with a bare bones storyline as well.
Graphics: Quite dated and the art style is a bit hit-and-miss.
Sound: A few nice tunes, but overall unremarkable
The setting and characters are all good, but nothing ever happens to really make you care about either. The game does feature a free patch to add back all the censored content, so anyone looking for a nukige title will probably enjoy Sakura Nova. Unfortunately, those looking for a memorable story or plan on playing without the patch are likely to be disappointed.
Gameplay: There are choices to be made and three different endings, but the story is a bit lacking.
Graphics: Like other titles in the Sakura series the visuals are beautiful, but static.
Sound: Not much to say about the music, but the voice acting is pretty good
Nukige titles are not really known for their story or gameplay, but Beat Blades Haruka definitely bucks this trend. As implausible as it is the story is actually quite neat and training the girls to fight in battle is very addictive. Of course, seeing as it is a nukige title there is an enormous amount of H-content as well and fans will be happy to hear that it is all completely uncensored. It is not a game for the easily offended or sensitive, but fans of the genre should definitely add it to their collection.
Gameplay: The stat raising and battles make it a lot more engrossing than a typical nukige title.
Graphics: Excellent character designs and a ton of CGs.
Sound: Good voice acting and lots of music