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Terrific Animation, but...

Jun/07/2018  

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CHINA INFERNO
AtelierWadatsumi
$20.63 / 2,268 JPY
Special Operative China-006 will face a pandemonium gauntlet of hellish Ryona!
X-ratedActionEXEInc. VoiceInc. MusicInc. AnimeTrial
  • Release: Oct/05/2017
  • DL: 343
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Argh.

To sum up "China Inferno" in a sentence: Very good animation; mediocre (at best) game.

Most of the game the player can push through, one way or another, with the help of a welcome "hint" screen. Though it does make it unnecessarily obscure in some places what one needs to do to progress (such as three segments where one has to defeat a certain number of monsters to be able to end the level, although aside from a counter there's little to lead the player this way and plenty of contrary evidence suggesting the player should be avoiding them entirely.)

Other segments, there's nothing to be done but fumble through on trial and error and memorization.

But I'm on what I believe to be the last level at this point, and it's just... every poor design choice made earlier in the game, coming back to haunt the player all at once.

Throughout the game, the player's time is limited by their air supply. Usually, this isn't a problem.

Now, on this stage, you need to collect and drop bombs on enemies to progress... And those bombs spawn at arbitrary, seemingly random intervals.

See the problem? More than once I've run out of air because I just wasn't provided enough bombs to do the job until it was too late.

Throughout the level, you're pursued by seeking missiles launched by enemies- and if any of those missiles (tracking you) hit your bombs (which you can only drop downward, with a slight spread just to make it even harder to aim them), they're as much as wasted.

And occasionally those enemies drift right up to the only area the bombs spawn from, leaving you defenseless and trying to dodge missiles at point-blank range.

While you're getting stuck on the scenery, immobilized by hits, and occasionally watch those missiles go through the limited cover.

And THEN- with no "save point"- you fight the level's REAL boss. Who often camps near the bomb spawn with a machine gun.

The animation really is pretty. I hope to see more in a better game.

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Pickup!Ryona excellence

Mar/11/2018  

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Fighting Sexual Criminal Tank VS Anna
broken diva
$12.77 / 1,404 JPY
A former wrestler Tank was sentenced to death for his sexual crimes. There a messenger from a certain country shows up in front of him.
X-ratedAdventureEXEInc. VoiceInc. MusicInc. Anime3DCGTrial
  • Release: Mar/02/2018
  • DL: 25

Broken Diva has again provided a well-crafted work for those whose fetishes trend towards ryona, BDSM, and forced sex.

The game portion of this work involves a fighting mechanic that will probably be familiar to those who play Flash-style games, wherein the user has to click on an icon before it disappears in order to successfully attack or defend. The challenge level is modest, and will likely be just sufficient to make the viewer feel they have earned their reward without frustrating.

The erotic content revolves around the protagonist and his imp-like magical accomplice punishing and molesting "Anna", a professional fighter. There's a decent variety of punishments on offer; those who favor low blows, blows to the stomach, wrestling holds and spanking will probably be especially pleased.

The renders are on par with Broken Diva's usual work, which I quite like. Those who like their male characters to be suave and handsome should probably look elsewhere, but the female characters are busty, wiry, and very attractive.

The animations are mostly simple loops, but it's nice to see BD branching out from the usual still images. The voice acting and sound effects help to sell both the sense of impact and of exhibitionism (the "match" where events are taking place occurs before an audience which occasionally lets out "oohs" and the like).

Over-all, this is a terrific work at a very fair price, and I strongly recommend it to those who enjoy such things.

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Impregnation and re-impregnation by creepy-crawlies

Feb/06/2018  

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Insect Huntress Saki - Hell of Lewd Insects
EDGE systems
$22.60 / 2,484 JPY
Once fell into a trap, this insect huntress Saki is made into a seeding bed of the lewd insects. She gets flows of semen and forced to give birth to a number of insects...
X-ratedAnimeMP4Inc. VoiceInc. MusicInc. Anime3DCGTrial
  • Release: Jan/30/2018
  • DL: 174
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What's good about this product:

"Insect Huntress Saki" is a significantly longer work than many CG animations, and clearly the product of hard work on the part of the circle. The textures are excellent, and the model is detailed and attractive. The voice actress gives a fine performance, giving the video much of its variety and depth.

For anyone who has a particular fetish for insect sex and impregnation, there will probably be much in this video to like. For those less fond, there's a decent amount of male-female forced and reluctant intercourse as well.

What's not as good: Though the actress helps to give the video variety, there's less to be seen in the animation; much seems to be the same animation loops shown repeatedly, sometimes with variations in speed or camera angle. Some variations during sex could make the work far more dynamic- the males could play with her breasts, spank her, push down on her swollen belly, make her suck on fingers (or feelers), grab her hair, etc. I recognize this would require more work, but even a little bit of variation would do a lot to make the viewer feel they were watching more than a set of loops.

There are also a few moments where the way breasts sway or hips flex seem improbable to the physical motions or actions occurring.

Over-all, though, this is a vivid and well-constructed piece of animation, and worth a look, especially if you enjoy the subject matter.

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Wow! This is amazing!

Dec/06/2016  

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Til Jul. 11, noon (JST)
History of Cyndy: Matrix Match
broken diva
$9.82 / 1,080 JPY  >> $7.86 20% OFF  / 864 JPY
In the stacked odds of Dr. Moreau virtual reality, Cyndy fights three supermen.
X-ratedMangaJPEGPDF Included
  • Release: Dec/04/2016
  • DL: 30

First off, to be clear: if "ryona" (in this case, a young woman being sadistically beaten up) isn't something you enjoy, you definitely won't enjoy this.

If you roll that way, get this! History of Cyndy: Matrix Match hits that perfect spot of extreme ryona without lapsing over into guro (no mutilation, decapitation, etc.) Taking place in a "virtual" environment, the story allows the heroine to be totally brutalized yet keep being regenerated to take more punishment.

Perhaps best of all, to my tastes, the enemies who take advantage of Cyndy don't stop beating her when they begin using her sexually, instead pummeling her belly and uterus to intensify her pain and the enjoyment of the brute taking her.

Many comic artists who work in CG "cheat" by filling multiple pages with the same scene taken from a different view; this comic does not. Every page is full of variety, and the marks on the heroine's body and the contortions of her limbs and torso are realized in vivid detail.

Of a few works I've purchased from Broken Diva, I've enjoyed this one the most. I hope we see more of its like. And the BD were kind enough not to copy protect it, making it easier to enjoy; please honor their trust by not redistributing this work.

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Pickup!Beautiful artwork, challenging game

May/19/2015  

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Til Jul. 11, noon (JST)
parasite in city(1.03)
PIXEL FACTORY
$14.74 / 1,620 JPY  >> $11.79 20% OFF  / 1,296 JPY
Side Scrolling Indie Game / Survival Horror / Pixel Graphics
X-ratedActionEXEInc. VoiceInc. MusicTrial
  • Release: Nov/29/2013
  • DL: 3710
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What can one say about "Parasite" that hasn't already been said? The artwork and animation is varied and beautiful. The controls are fairly solid for a game of this type, and one can expect a decent challenge. There's even something resembling a coherent storyline, and a sense that the heroine is a character, not merely an object of lust.

I might wish that there was a little more content with regard to the number of monsters (with a corresponding increase in the number of "encounter" animations), but given the high quality of what's on offer, that's a petty complaint indeed. Other than that, the only complaint is to wish the creator(s) would hasten in creating a sequel!

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Pickup!A devastating gang-r*pe fantasy

Dec/09/2013  

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Til Jul. 11, noon (JST)
Village Hunter - TARGET02 / Judy West
Mercenary 7
$6.87 / 756 JPY  >> $5.49 20% OFF  / 604 JPY
The brutal gang is back! A village girl with short hair is hopelessly outnumbered.
X-ratedCG SetJPEG
  • Release: Dec/08/2013
  • DL: 30
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You probably already know if the subject matter of this piece is "in your wheelhouse", so to speak, so to the nitty-gritty:

"Village Hunter" presents two variations (one with blood, one without) of 77 images illustrating a story in which enormously well-endowed savages gang-r*pe a beautiful young woman. Of the images, about 13 are titles, prelude, or slight variations of earlier images with text overlay. That makes for 64 images of the sex itself, an unusually generous amount of material for a doujin work at this price.

The quality of the art is very good: clear, imaginatively framed and lit, and very explicit. Each pulverizing thrust is covered in detail, and the unlucky girl is subject to stomach-deforming penetrations, fellatio, breast sex, and double-penetration, as well as simple brutal sex from a variety of positions, including some angles which, while not strictly speaking "x-ray", show the impact of the penetration on the heroine's anatomy by making the aggressor invisible. There's also one image of beating, and plenty of semen (and optionally, blood) coming from her face and vulva.

If your fantasies run to extremely rough sex, there's nothing in this offering from Mercenary 7 that you won't find thoroughly worthwhile. For my own tastes, it resides in the perfect niche between excessively vanilla "she starts to like it" scenarios and excessively guro "break bones and chop off limbs" horror.

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Pickup!Spl*tterhouse Redux

May/24/2013  

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Til Jul. 11, noon (JST)
SYAKUGA
ISAmu.Room
$17.68 / 1,944 JPY  >> $14.14 20% OFF  / 1,555 JPY
Sixteen months in the making, SYAKUGA is a pornographic homage to the splatter violence / grindhouse action genre.
X-ratedActionEXEInc. VoiceInc. MusicInc. AnimeTrialThis product contains grotesque depictions and / or expressions.
  • Release: Feb/26/2013
  • DL: 296
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There are a great many offerings on these lists that are described as games, but are more engineered towards being erotica than games.

This is the rare exception that's more game that pornography.

To be clear, Syakuga is absolutely an adults-only game, and the content is not for the squeamish. This is a guro work through and through, and if you don't encounter at least one thing that makes you uneasy, there's something wrong with you.

It's also oddly beautiful, with a consistent art style all throughout into which a great deal of care and craft are highly evident.

The game itself is highly and deliberately reminiscent of the original horror arcade/console title "Spl*tt*rh**s*", right down to obvious parallels in many of the boss fights. The obstacles, the way weapons are used, the knocking of enemies into the background with wild weapon swings, the masked hero--its homage could hardly be more obvious.

The most notable changes to the style of that earlier game are, well, that it's now possible to grab and sexually assault certain enemies; managing to achieve a climax results in increased health, making it an absolute and oddly strategic necessity in later levels.

Powered by Multimedia Fusion 2, the game plays well, despite the occasional pause or hitch. There are no obvious collision errors, the characters are animated smoothly and well, and avoiding obstacles, picking up weapons, and engaging enemies works essentially as one would expect. I did encounter one or two instances of enemies that grappling and assaulting caused the animation to change direction, but that's a minor flaw.

Though the game is not hard to understand on a play level, I find myself wishing I could read Japanese so I could understand the startling and baffling ending (and perhaps, given stages that remain locked to me, avoid that ending?)

Overall, I would rate this a good effort, and one into which a good deal of work has clearly been poured.

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Pickup!One step forward, one step back

Jun/15/2012  

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Til Jul. 11, noon (JST)
English Ver.
Spera Damno - Vol I
Vizivius
$14.74 / 1,620 JPY  >> $11.79 20% OFF  / 1,296 JPY
Events, once set in motion, may bring about ends never foreseen or desired.
X-ratedAnimeEXEInc. VoiceInc. MusicInc. Anime3DCGTrial
  • Release: May/26/2012
  • DL: 179
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I made my delight and surprise with Vizivius and their earlier "Spera Damno" production evident in that product's own review. Now, at long last, Vizivius has released a new entry in this series. Was it worth the wait? Yes... And no.

Vizivius' character design and animation still put them at the top of their class. I also appreciate that they're making a real effort to tell stories and establish characters and moods, rather than doing the bare minimum in order to get to a tiny selection of looping animations, like some CG animators do.

My enthusiasm is somewhat tempered, however, by two respects. One, Vizivius has fallen back on using loops for portions of the action, segments which continue on indefinitely until the viewer chooses to move forward. While the animation is very high quality, it's a step back from the more dynamic cinematic continuity of their earlier work. Two, rather than doing the entire piece as a continuous video, they've chosen to bridge animations with stills and text in a style not dissimilar to many of the "graphic novel/adventure" games popular in Japan and on this site. I understand the reasoning behind this: doing things in this style means they can offer dialogue for English and Japanese readers alike, and more easily tell a story. It's still a bit of a let down after their earlier works.

Still, "Spera Damno - Vol I" is entirely a high-quality piece in which a great deal of work by a circle that clearly cares about excellence shines through, and I look forward to their future efforts.

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A competent work

Jul/19/2011  

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Til Jul. 11, noon (JST)
The Legend of Kokake -Side Scrolling Hentai Action Game-
ankoku marimokan
$11.79 / 1,296 JPY  >> $9.42 20% OFF  / 1,036 JPY
Avenge the honor of your fallen clan as cute Kokake! Quality 2D dot graphic game x 66 CGs x anime! Details inside.
X-ratedActionEXEInc. MusicTrialThis product contains grotesque depictions and / or expressions.
  • Release: Jul/08/2011
  • DL: 305
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  • (90)

Within the limitations of the "Multimedia Fusion 2" software's "platform game" schematics, ankoku marimokan has crafted a perfectly competent and enjoyable scrolling platform game bearing a certain resemblance to another ninja-related platform game of the mid-1980s.

The graphics- both the stylized chibi-style characters of the action game and the more typically anime-styled renderings of the "cut-scenes"- are well presented, and the various "bad endings" present a fair amount of variety, including offerings for fans of guro and vore.

The downsides are that the animations presented in the "end scene" are very limited- they aren't badly done, but they're about what one would expect from a typical "novel style" adventure game. The female character isn't voiced, leaving the "cut-scenes" audio to be filled with MIDI music and a selection of sound effects. Within the game itself, while there are a variety of weapons, the shurikens the player starts with generally appear to be the best option. I also ran into a couple of small bugs- not starting the game with any apparent weapon (?!) and not being able to hit an enemy at all with a bomb-type weapon.

I leave it to the reader's discretion whether this combination of features is worth purchasing at this price-point; as for me, I don't regret my purchase.

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Pickup!Vizivius continues to impress

Jul/19/2011  

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Til Jul. 11, noon (JST)
Spera Damno
Vizivius
$5.89 / 648 JPY  >> $4.71 20% OFF  / 518 JPY
Cartagina, a place forgotten by time, is ruled by the evil Lord Excroc.
X-ratedAnimeAVIInc. VoiceInc. MusicInc. Anime3DCGTrial
  • Release: Jul/07/2011
  • DL: 155
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There are many creators of erotic animation who do the bare minimum necessary to get to the sex, and then regrettably make the sex itself incredibly mechanical, repeating the same loop over and over, failing to register how a whole body moves in the process.

Vizivius, in a nutshell, doesn't do that. They aren't content to just make pornography, they are really making art- gorgeous, detailed, stunningly visualized erotic art.

There are moments in "Spera Damno" that make someone with any knowledge of CGI animation go "Oh, they just did that to show off how they do cloth and fluids." On the other hand, wow, do they do cloth and fluids well!

And before I mislead you into thinking "Spera Damno" is just about aesthetics, the eroticism on display is very effective, so long as your tastes run towards BDSM.

If I had to make a complaint, it would only be that the piece is short, and ends just as we want it to keep going. That said, this is completely worth your time and money- and I sure want them to complete this series!

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