Isekai Succubus ~My Genderbent Saga in Another World~
Isekai Succubus ~My Genderbent Saga in Another World~
Isekai succubus ~My Genderbent Saga in Another World~ is an H-Game available on Steam. It is a DRPG, published by ErogeJapan and developed by Sakura Mangekyou in Unity. The uncensor patch is available on their website. Despite gameplay being reasonably fun, I could not push myself to finish the last third of the game. I will go on the gameplay first, because it’s what makes the game good, and will cover the story/presentation and lewd parts second.
Isekai Succubus gameplay revolves around 2 parts, dungeon exploration, and fights. The exploration is traditional for the genre, you explore each square of the map, and fight some monster to get the necessary key to access the boss. Along the way, you will find loot and a shop where you can buy a limited amount of potions and gear. Between each dungeon, you’re thrown on the world map, where you can choose which dungeon to plunder and visit the shop. The game has a time limit, asking you to beat each map in a certain number of visits. Some people can be put off by time limits. I would reassure them, by telling them that it’s actually very large and you can’t fuck it up, but then, why do put one at all? You’re only gonna deter people that don’t like time limit, and the time limit is not a good enough challenge for most gamers among us.
Fights are the core of the gameplay and it’s not too shabby. You direct a team of 3 characters that can launch physical and magical attacks. They can also have elemental attributes. You can equip only 4 skills at a time on each character and some of them will be support skills. Before each fight, you can examine what the monster’s elemental weaknesses are and equip your team with appropriate skills. This is simple, efficient, and moderately fun. It becomes repetitive very fast. You need only to save your skillset for each monster type, and go through the battle.
During the battle, you can launch your skills but also perform other actions: guard, charm, and drain. Guard just increase your damage resistance. Charm can negate one enemy attack and your chance of succeeding depends on some gauge filled when you are hit. Drain is way more interesting. It takes a bit of the enemy’s life force and heals you. Mastering charm and drain is definitely a must to get less damage and heal during the exploration or a tough boss fight. Drain has another interesting effect: cast near enemy death, it increases the loot necessary to get better skills. Combined with the time limit, you would want to time enemy death to use drain, to get better skill faster. Drain also replenish your health so it allows you to fight more monster, as heals are limited and constitute another restriction. However, doing so is useless because the time limit is so big. What was designed as a clever puzzle has been wasted. I guess you could make up your own limit, but I found myself not liking the game enough to even finish it.
I stopped the game around 2 third of it, and it took me 8 hour, so you can estimate around 10/12h of play time. More if you do the multiple endings.
The story is non-existent at best, some awkward parody of porn games and isekai at worst. Character is gender-bent into a succubus in another world, but the game does not really expand more on this besides “Oh noes I got big titties now, guess I must like sex”. Which is fine in itself. Doujins and porn games don’t need to be smart. I will spoil you, to explain what soured me. If you want to play the game by yourself and enjoy the deep intricacies of the game’s plot (I do not think you do), you can jump to the next chapter. At some point, you go to kill god (sigh), unlocking some porn scene where your character gets all the god seed. This invokes some enormous space penis that wants to destroy the universe. It’s worth a chuckle but upon reading this, and after gameplay that started to become a chore, I got very tired and dropped the game. There are several endings, but clearly, I am not interested in how my choices can change the battle against Galactus’s penis or how it can affect the main character.
Graphics and Presentation
Game presentation is alright. The UI is functional but the UX is unrefined as you must click everything constantly, but given the price tag and it being a porn game, there is nothing to complain about. Dungeons textures are the same in all the games with a different hue, making it very repetitive. The soundtrack is catchy and not annoying. Monsters are well drawn, but are in a different art style than your main characters, making it looks weird. All the budget of the game went to go into the main characters' art and the lewd CG which is fair.
The character design and CG are pretty and they have no obvious flaws. Sex scenes are voiced which adds to the atmosphere. Poor writing and scenes being very short mean that it stops before you can get into it. The writing is not as dumb as another ErogeJapangame, Trap Shrine (I should write a mini review about it one day). The gender bender aspect is really left aside and the game could be about anyone in a succubus body. Being in a succubus body, + having a lewd mark give the premise of a corruption fetish, but I didn't find that it was particulary explored or enticing given the shortness of lewd moments. Despite the good art, and themes I like (gender-bender/corruption) I found it a letdown.
Isekai Succubus is not a masterpiece, but it is a good game enough that I would not warn people away from it. A wise man once told me “Finishing a H-Game is not important as long as you finish ;)))”. I could not push myself to do one of those options with its repetitive gameplay, non-existent story, and lackluster porn. This game was fun for a time and there is definitely some clever design that would need more polish. In the current state, it deserves better writing.