If you have ever been interested in dating sims or casual visual novel gameplay, then My Girlfriend is a Mermaid!? may be the next game on your list of games to play. It is the Nintendo Switch port of a game that was originally released in English on Steam Called She is a Mermaid. For all of you gamers out there who are looking to take a break from hard core gaming for a little bit of moe and reading, this may be the game for your break.
What to Expect
If you like moe games like Nekopara, My Girlfriend is a Mermaid!? is similar with its moe focus on mermaids because who doesn’t love mermaids? If you have heard of it but haven’t played it or haven’t heard of it at all, you may want to know more about this mermaid moe game, read on!
My Girlfriend is a Mermaid!? Trailer
The story follows Hiroto as he returns to his countryside home from his life in the city only to discover his childhood friend, Ion, in a pond as a mermaid. Apparently Ion became a mermaid while he was gone. Then Hiroto meets Petakko, an amnesiac mermaid, and Rin, a priestess who cares for the mermaids but can experience trouble due to her split personality. There’s something about the mermaid legend that Hiroto finds himself in the middle of and it all seems to be tied to Ion.
If you are unfamiliar with visual novels, then you will be surprised to find that much of the gameplay for My Girlfriend is a Mermaid!? is text based and reading focused. You shouldn’t really expect much action, although My Girlfriend is a Mermaid!? does have parts where you can make choices and decisions during the story, which is more than we can say about games like Nekopara. Since there is the inclusion of decision making, the story branches a little, though it’s quite evident the main storyline is Ion’s.
The writing in My Girlfriend is a Mermaid!? is really well done, especially for a visual novel of its calibur. It’s well written and quite eloquently narrated. We don’t usually see visual novels this well written for the price point, especially as a port. Usually games like these for Nintendo Switch are ports of mobile games with pretty mediocre translations and proofreading work.
The graphics for My Girlfriend is a Mermaid!? are pretty nice and resemble that of Nekopara except for the constantly heaving behemoths of the neko girls. While the beginning is actually just plot dumps, if you can keep moving, you can enjoy more CGs and not just decorative pages with mass amounts of text. The girls are well designed and their moe factor is really high. Let’s not forget that Ion is just about half naked right at the beginning, which shall appeal to all of ya’ll moe gamers out there.
The voices are pretty OK. We found Ion pretty hard to listen to most times, but aside from that, we cannot complain. The music was OK as well. Nothing here will astound you, but it’s decent for the game. We expected worse, honestly, so we were impressed in our own way.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
In the end, My Girlfriend is a Mermaid!? is an OK game though well done in some ways. The narrative can be quite long, drawn out, and repetitive (kiss the ground), but it was impressive in other ways. If you want to play a visual novel, My Girlfriend is a Mermaid!? may be worth your time, but overall, it’s not changing the visual novel genre. The girls are plenty moe and their CGs are great. If you ever wanted to date a mermaid girl, this could be the game for you. To us, we thought it was only OK and in the end, it was a bit difficult to get through, but always take opinions with a grain of salt.
Voiced in Japanese and Korean
Well written and proofread compared to other visual novels
Nice graphics and CGs
Girls are very moe and cute! Very fun bunch of characters, especially the tsundere Ion.
Long and unnecessary narratives
Honey's Final Verdict:
Well, it wasn’t long, but there’s our take on My Girlfriend is a Mermaid!?. It’s not outstanding, but it’s fun and another interesting take on the moe gaming genre. For boobs, mermaid moe and an OK story, My Girlfriend is a Mermaid!? may be the right visual novel game for you. If you aren’t a fan of visual novels or you want a real story, My Girlfriend is a Mermaid!? may not be for you.
Are there any readers out there interested in the game? Have you picked up a copy for yourself yet? Share your thoughts about the game below!
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