Friday, April 26, 2013

Hentai Game Review: The Paradise Fortress of RePure Aria

This is a game I hope to see translated.  Part of this is because it doesn’t play too nice with auto-translation software and it would be nice to know what’s going on!


The Paradise Fortress of RePure Aria (also known as Magic Castle RePure Aria Paradise in other places) is another sexy monster girl eroge, but unlike the many RPG clones out there it’s an action game in the Metroidvania vein.  Jumping off platforms and flinging fireballs at enemies is the order of the day rather than turn-based battling.  It’s similar to another hentai action game, Nightmare Sphere, but with a male protagonist (sort of), no futa, and a stronger emphasis on female monster girls.

The ‘sort of’ male protagonist is because there is a little bit of gender bending.  The lad strikes a deal with a demon princess to share his body while they explore a massive castle.  In female form the player is highly mobile and can fight enemies with magic.  She also has multiple forms which are hidden as crystals throughout the castle.  These different forms have different abilities which, like the old Castlevania games, serve to unlock previously inaccessible parts of the castle.  For example, the chaos form can slide under small gaps and the innocent form can freeze waterfalls, making them climbable.

If the demon princess form takes enough damage she reverts back to the male form and this is where the hentai elements come in.  When the player is in the male form, rather than attacking him most of the monster girl enemies will try to do...uh...other things instead.  (If you’re not 18 and found your way here by accident, you should not read any further).


A succubus, being a succubus

There are a lot of different enemy types, each with their own sex attack to perform on the player if they can.  The sprite graphics have a fairly simplistic style, but are well-animated.  There are a couple of more conventional hentai pics/scenes that can be unlocked later in the game.

As a game it’s another example of someone pouring in a lot of love and effort to make something more than just a selection of naughty pixels.  Even without the H content this would be a pretty good action game.  The protagonist handles well, the differing demon princess forms mechanic is interesting and there is a huge castle to explore with a good range of sexy monster girl enemies to run into.  Oh, and a few creative boss fights that require a little more thought than just hanging back and blasting away.

Bosses are in thrall to the creepy red eye thing at the centre - it doesn't have much interest in sex no matter what form the player is in.

Another good thing is that the H elements are actually integrated into the game.  Being caught and forced to have sex with the various monster girls will eventually result in the white ‘cum’ bar depleting and then running out of red hearts/lives.  However, sex does bring some benefits.  Occasionally a girl will leave a present in the form of a familiar that can be equipped and grant the player additional abilities. (e.g. Fire Sprites that float along with the player and fire bullets.)

Overall there are a lot of nice ideas and there’s plenty of value as the castle is so huge.  On the downside, the huge area means it’s easy to get lost and not have a clue where to go next.  Some might find it a little too frustrating, especially with the language barrier and not understanding what items/familiars/etc actually do.  Thankfully, quite a few people have been battling through the game and this thread is enormously helpful for players that get stuck.

If you like sexy monster girl eroges, but are a bit bored of the RPG-maker-type clones, you might want to give this a look.  And also, with a bit of luck, someone like RogueTranslator or Dargoth might put out an English translation while they’re waiting for Monster Girl Quest 3 to come along.

And you thought the sorceress in Dragon's Crown was ridiculously over-endowed... Boing!

7 comments:

  1. Interesting. Are the sex scenes detailed in any way?

    Also that enemy with the huge breasts looks grotesque.

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    1. Better animated, but not as well-drawn as the good visual novel/RPG eroges. About what would be expected from an indie action game.

      She's bouncy. Yeah, they're far beyond even gag boobs. Most of the time that particular enemy functions as a static trampoline.

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  2. I've tried several times to load the trial version, but every time I start the game, it opens and flashes the start screen for half a second and then a blank window. Any suggestions?

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    1. Not sure, to be honest. First thing to check is that your computer locale is set to Japanese, same as for most Japanese H-games. If it's not that it could be some quirk of your machine/operating system the game is having issues with. I know it doesn't work too well with text hookers.

      Maybe someone on that thread link I posted might be able to help.

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  3. Well, I'm waiting for new releases, its a very good game, difficult but good game ^^

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  4. NICE...Se this game, what nice too
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUYIwDrhgbo&lc=z230cdj44wm3hp5zh04t1aokgqqqobuxpkbglqx1lhxmrk0h00410.1505668014143729

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