Omega Labyrinth Life Overview (Switch eShop)


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We’ve looked at quite a few games more than the previous couple of months with a concentrate on fanservice: some of them supplying cheeky, inoffensive entertaining in quick bursts (Dead or Alive Xtreme three: Scarlet) other folks spicing up some lacklustre mechanics with surreal frivolity (Panty Celebration) other folks nonetheless that utterly fail to disguise boring gameplay with jiggle (Senran Kagura: Peach Ball). Following this run of diminishing returns, we approached Matrix Software’s Omega Labyrinth Life with a degree of caution. Defying the censors (on Switch at least) with the series’ very first western release, we’re pleasantly shocked to locate a strong small dungeon crawler beneath the skimpy lingerie and absurdity, though regardless of whether it is worth the hefty asking cost is actually down to your affection for the series.

It is not a masterpiece by any stretch, but the foundation is strong, if unimaginative. The series began on PS Vita in 2015 but mechanically, there’s nothing at all going on right here that couldn’t have run at reduce resolutions on a PS1 and at instances we wished it was a small extra ambitious.

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Apart from the outstanding student physique of Belles Fleurs Academy itself (extra on that later), the pride asset of the institute is the Grand Garden that has been in bloom for a hundred years. Just ahead of arriving, exchange student Hinata Akatsuki inexplicably finds herself flung into a strange multi-floored, monster-filled cave. 1 factor leads to an additional and the Holy Blossom that keeps the flowers in everlasting bloom is compromised causing the whole garden to wilt and die. Oopsie daisy.

It is up to Hinata to find out the trigger by creating close friends and battling by means of umpteen dungeons to recover the Holy Blossom and get to the bottom of factors. You will be taking on monsters with a companion character (or alone, if you so pick out) in a host of randomly generated dungeons, harvesting seeds, tending the garden and typically restoring the colourful academy grounds to their former glory. As the story progresses, you will locate gear, befriend students and buff each with a selection of enhancements by means of the sexiest of implies.

This consists of sizing up unassessed things by grinding phallic ‘Ambiguity’ crystals in between your character’s breasts, playing TFT (that is ‘Tit-For-Tat’, a chesty version of Rock-Paper-Scissors) with your girlfriends and resident garden fairies, and ‘augmenting’ the girls by stimulating them in the greenhouse (not a euphemism). Ability Blooms involve touching many zones across their bodies indicated by flashing hearts to study new abilities and level up. Certainly, the touchscreen can be made use of for this interaction, or you can use a clumsy cursor to drive the girl into a frenzy till liquid sprays the screen.

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Yes, all the fanservice you could want is present and right, though just after the third or fourth time of going to the spa and watching the identical occasion play out once again, you will be thankful for the choice to skip to the finish and just get the stats enhance.

The game is totally translated with English text accompanying Japanese audio. You can switch in between 5 text speeds, hit ‘Y’ to toggle Auto mode or skip the story totally with ‘ZR’. The writing is serviceable and may possibly even raise the odd smile, though interestingly an f-bomb caught us completely off guard and felt conspicuously out of spot odd for such a supposedly ‘adult’ title, but Omega Labyrinth Life is fuelled by a juvenile appeal. There’s nothing at all incorrect with that – it was just strange that a curse word felt so jarring in a game that is incredibly a great deal 18+.

Considerable character interactions take spot with character portraits and text boxes and the ladies bounce every single time they speak. Hitting the ‘+’ button at any time brings up a hand icon (or you can just use the touchscreen) enabling you to ‘interact’ with them at will. The girls respond with varying degrees of embarrassment and/or irritation as you poke, prod and pull at their billowing chests. Whip-like jiggle physics make them wobble like blancmange we located it comical and a small confounding.

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The incredibly very first factor you will notice upon speaking direct manage of your chibi-style (in the dungeon view) protagonist is her strict eight-way movement on an invisible grid (hold ‘Y’ and it seems). There’s no interstitial animation in between these eight directions and it does not make the very best very first impression. From a visual viewpoint (placing aside the superb character portraits), Omega Labyrinth Life is functional assets are clean and colourful but no more– consider 3DS grade but super sharp.

Just about every step you take is a turn and enemies only move when you do. In a way, it is not dissimilar to the Fixed Beat mode in Cadence of Hyrule, though tapping ‘Y’ enables you to modify the path you are facing devoid of utilizing a turn. There are many manage shortcuts to speed up dungeon traversal, though a hunger meter limits exploration time (unless, of course, you pack meals).

In contrast to Cadence of Hyrule, you press ‘A’ to attack the monsters and you can also move and attack diagonally. Defeating the assorted fiends unleashes Omega Energy – stylised with the lowercase Greek symbol as ‘ωP’ – which accumulates and magically increases the size of your bust for the duration of your dungeon keep. Beginning with Hinata’s C-cup (you can also play as other characters with distinct essential stats), a bountiful bosom increases your strength. If you believed that all that wallowing cleavage was just for show, you are definitely got a filthy thoughts.

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Equipping your decision of stat-boosting bras and panties, you will locate lingerie and all manner of loot strewn about the dungeon floors which you can gather and equip right away on your self or your AI companion (we generally would not go anyplace close to a pair of undies we located in a cave, but video games). This getting a roguelike, dying will eject you back to the academy minus all your gear. You will find out methods to mitigate this threat – you can spend to ‘track’ up to ten things which can then be repurchased above ground, use Fairy Wings to retain your kit just after getting knocked out, or use an Escape Tome to scarper back to the academy with your spoils intact. Combining gear utilizing the synthesiser tends to make it stronger and you can add buffs in up to 4 slots, so you will want to guarantee you do not shed your very best gear.

Shortcuts to menus, projectiles and unique moves are accessed through the shoulder buttons. You unlock the capacity to rapid travel to areas rather than traipse by means of the flower beds of the college, though the menus could be extra intuitive (and there’s no touchscreen input beyond touching the girls). The framerate chugs whilst moving about the garden – disappointing thinking of there’s nothing at all on show that ought to tax the hardware. On the plus side, the eight-way dungeon movement offers way to complete analogue manage, which feels extra organic as you discover, chat with students, comprehensive fetch quests, plant seeds and harvest nectar.

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This ‘slow life’ section is a distinct promoting point (“Roguelike X Slow Life” the back of the imported box proclaims), though it amounts to tedious busy perform. You quickly unlock the capacity to handle all your flower beds from the Bulletin Board, and even speed up time through a Flower Dial, but gardening is nonetheless a joyless grind and the surroundings are drab in spite of the searing colour.

The base dungeon crawler beneath all the bounciness and blushing is unremarkable, but strong. The selection of enemy varieties, weapons, potions and tomes are adequate to entertain on their personal and the game’s roguelike nature implies you will quickly be approaching rooms with the utmost caution and approach, scanning for unseen traps, drawing enemies into corridors and utilizing the dungeon layout to your benefit.

It is rewarding, but it requires a whilst to get into. The very first couple of hours are filled with unending tool recommendations and unlocks and an early difficulty spike forced us to develop our whole inventory once again by repeating earlier dungeons quite a few instances more than (difficult resets do not perform on the game’s single save file). Quickly, even though, a complete economy involving Omega Energy opens up, so as extended as you preserve some in reserve, you can expand the academy, do some landscaping and love galleries of all the characters.

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On the other hand, in spite of supplying a modify of pace, these ‘slow’ sections outdoors the dungeons in no way really feel satisfying and could do with extra polish. Quite a few trees, bushes, fountains (interchangeable ‘curios’ as they’re known as) have no collision detection and for all its colour, it feels distinctly ‘budget’ and old-fashioned. Elsewhere, inventory menus are a tad cumbersome. The dungeons are entertaining contact backs to generations previous, but returning afterwards to the stuttering, barren-hunting academy hub cheapens the complete endeavour.

These factors would be forgivable if this had been a price range release, but D3 Publisher is charging complete retail income for the base game, and there’s definitely DLC out there for obtain, also. Just place, the asking cost is also higher for an unadventurous genre game with a double side-order of fanservice. Strip away the sauciness and you are left with fair roguelike dungeon crawler on a method with far extra satisfying options for a fraction of the cost. Series stalwarts could locate lots to chew on, and the gameplay is not unsatisfying, it is just unimaginative and there is incredibly small to get your pulse racing.


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