Sunday, March 09, 2014

Hentai Game Review - ROBF

Time to catch up on some reviews of games I played over the holiday period.  ROBF has been sitting on my hard drive for a while.  The title stands for Ragnarok Online Battle FuckRagnarok Online is a fantasy MMORG and I assume ROBF is a porn parody.  I say assume because I know absolutely fuck all about Ragnarok Online.


ROBF is another RPG-maker clone and – as it’s a battlefuck game – sex plays a heavy part in the combat rather than just being something that happens in the Bad End when you lose.  The objective is to get the monster girl to come before she does the same to you (as opposed to games like Violated Hero where you’re both fighting normally to knock the other out, or Monster Girl Quest where Luka is mostly trying to beat the horny monster girls off with his ludicrously impractical sword).

The sex battles are done well in ROBF.  The artwork is consistent and while it isn’t up to the high standards of games like Violated Hero they’ve added limited animations to represent the different attacks each monster girl uses.  It’s not particularly fancy, but it works well.  The Bad Ends vary according to which attack the girl defeats you with and are mostly repeats of the same animations from the battle drawn out for added sexiness.  It’s impressive how much even a limited bit of animation adds.  If you liked Erotical Night, but thought the monster girl designs were too bland, ROBF is a game you’ll want to check out.

I liked the Alraune girl (or Hydra as she’s referred to in the game).  Her boobs swell up and down when she’s pumping cum out of you with a tentacle.

Pumpity pumpity . . .

ROBF is also one of the most proper-ist RPG’s I’ve played.  Levelling up means more than just increases to strength, defence and hit points.  There are skill trees, new attacks to be learned, tons of different items, quests, even a collectible card system that provides different stats boosts when equipped.  It’s complex.

What shall we get from the random skill generator this level . . . ?

Unfortunately, when you don’t read Japanese and are relying on iffy machine translation, that complexity can be become a drawback.  There were a lot of times when I wanted to move onto the next area but couldn’t because I hadn’t found the right item or spoken to the right townsperson.  It feels harsh to criticise the game for my linguistic failings, especially as it was never intended to be played outside Japan, but it is a valid point.  If you like sexy monster girls, want more of a game with your smut and can read Japanese, you’re going to think ROBF is amazing.  If only the first two apply, then expect a lot of frustration and scanning of forum threads while you try to work out how the hell you’re supposed to enter that pyramid in the desert town (or even unlock the first sewer dungeon).

Trying to figure out how to get in some of these locations will drive you crazy.

Making the player jump through a few hoops to unlock new sexiness isn’t that bad of a thing.  While I liked the openness of games like Violated Quest and Violated Fantasy, it is easy to blast through all the content a little too quickly.  ROBF gives more value by rationing out the hawtness.  This can fall down, though, if the player enters a new area and finds none of the new monsters are their particular cup of tea.  For me the main evil castle was a little disappointing as the monster girls were mostly bland.  I was looking forward to see how the game represented a classic succubus and I didn’t find any.

Not a succubus, but she still wants to suck out your soul

Overall it has a good variety of different monster girl types.  There are also plenty of scenes with various NPC girls for fans of less monstery hentai.  There’s plenty of depth including extras such as being able to buy your own house and also catch certain monster girl types to fight for you (and hang out at your house to provide other . . . uh . . . services).  Definitely not for the fainthearted though.  Trying to battle through this with AGTH + Translation Aggregator was tough.

10 comments:

  1. why are there so few English mg games?

    ;_;

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    1. That would be an article in itself. I think there is a market of interest, but not sure whether that translates to a market of monetization. Kickstarter/Offbeatr probably help there.

      There are a few - Corruption of Champions, Eroico, Fleshcult, etc.

      I keep meaning to build something myself, but never have the time between real life job and writing.

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    2. If one day you made your own erotic game (in English of course). I'll buy it. :) I hope it's a good as your stories or a game version of your best work. Just throwing around ideas.

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  3. Nice review :) This game is indeed awesome for its kind. For those who have issues finding a solid walkthrough or need some help in general with the game this link here : http://2th.me/thread-105517-1-1.html can be immensely useful. Of course translation programs like AGTH, Chiitrans or Atlas are also necessary to get a grasp of the story and conversations. Have fun :)

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    1. Yep, I think the same person put a similar guide up on the ulmf forums. Very useful for some parts (damn pyramid, grr).

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  4. Any chance someone's working on a translation for it?

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    1. I don't think so. RogueTranslator's out of that game. Maybe someone could ask Dargoth, but I think they're already overloaded with Violated Hero.

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    2. Good News!!!

      as I said, there are few mg games, but Dargoth just picked up a new one

      --Sei Monmusu Gakuen

      It doesn't look like violated heroes gonna be translated anymore though




      I can only hope Dargoth doesn't burn out before MGQ Paradox

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  5. What I've seen from the game up to now looked pretty underwhelming, so Im not too thrilled about the announcement...
    Still nice to see someone so motivated to translate Japanese games ;)

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