- System: Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: DIGIMERCE
- Developer: OperaHouse Corporation
- Release Date: August 02, 2018
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Adventure, Simulation, Otome Game
- Players: Single Player
- Official Website: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/ayakashi-koi-gikyoku-forbidden-romance-with-mysterious-spirit-switch?fbclid=IwAR1UPQ_F30cbPta9W5xU9qTDoIwW9LQIe71aiTJp2VV-MmzDMYlGzmEwDRY
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Unlike most visual novel games, we think there were a few more interactions than most visual novels. This takes it up a step compared to games like Nekopara that have absolutely no gameplay whatsoever. This will at least keep you from getting too bored as you will have to pay a little attention.
The story of Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku - Forbidden Romance with Mysterious Spirit is the biggest part of the game―as it is any other visual novel―but it’s hard to talk about the story without discussing the translation at the same time. Yeah yeah, you’re sick of hearing about how Japanese to English may not translate well, but the translation for Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku - Forbidden Romance with Mysterious Spirit is absolutely horrendous. It’s so bad that it detracts from the story making it difficult to get into the story or even understand what is going on a lot of the time.
We started playing Kosei’s route and honestly, a lot of the details of the story were lost on us as we played as they got lost in translation, but everything else was fine if you listened to the Japanese audio, which thank goodness is still available for the game. The translation felt very lazy as if it were machine translated and not even reviewed prior to publishing the game, which is disappointing considering how much they ask for the game. From what we grasped, the magatama has something to do with the boys being foxes and they need it because there’s a fox trapped inside, so they’ll try to figure out a way to take it from you while you don’t want to give it up. However, you still hang around the boys and in Kosei’s route, you try to help him with his job as an idol. Apparently he was traumatized by a past relationship, but that’s not explained very well and struck us by surprise when Suzuno apparently was aware of it when we weren’t towards the middle of the story. Clearly, a lot of things were lost in translation.
The graphics are a tad gaudy. The boys are shiny more so than your typical shoujo manga, but this is in stark contrast to other visuals in the game. Meanwhile, some characters are brought in that don’t have sprites like your cousin―who isn’t even given a name despite having dialogue and referenced variously in the game―or the other Visual Kei band rivaling Fox Ear.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Great seiyuu and voice acting
- The translation is painful and difficult making it hard to get into the story and creates bad storytelling
- Lacking in CGs and other more relevant characters have zero effort put into them (aka “Cousin”) and they should really have had character sprites
- Character designs are gaudy and don’t match the backgrounds