By Benny Carrillo / August 4th, 2017
Romancing the Maidens in a Healthy Way ~ Eroge
Princess Evangile is an Eroge, so there are sexual situations in the game. Which I think that makes a lot of sense here. Keep in mind that sex is part of romance. While you can have both by themselves the two can compliment each other well, which Princess Evangile gets right.
When I reviewed NEKOPARA Vol. 3 one of the issues I had was that each Eroge scene was pretty much a repeat of the last. It was the one thing that really bothered me when it came to the H-scenes since it made the experience predictable and boring. Princess Evangile, on the other hand, does these scenes right. Each scene follows a pattern, but it’s what they do with that pattern that makes it feel natural.
Princess Evangile’s H-scenes are broken down into two halves. The first is some sort of foreplay scene with the latter half being the intercourse scene. To use NEKOPARA Vol. 3 an example, this is similar to its pattern of each girl performing fellatio and then Kashou having intercourse with each one. Princess Evangile instead has the activity in each foreplay section change with each scene. So one time it might be petting, the next may be cunnilingus, and the next time it might be a sixty-nine scene. While the end point is always intercourse the path taken to get there varies. There’s also another difference, the romance.
The romantic connection here is done much better. You spend 20+ chapters getting to know the particular girl you end up in a relationship with. In addition, the game takes even small things like the first kiss very seriously. There’s a lot of buildup and nervousness between the two and you get the feeling there’s an honest connection there. When the time finally comes for the two to sleep together it’s something they planned. Really it’s a very healthy outlook on sex in a relationship.
Once they do start having sex the scenes do come at you a bit quick, but in the game’s defense, the couple is still in that honeymoon period where it’s probably very exciting to them. Plus you’re trying to fit five scenes per girl in the span of about six chapters and wrap up the plot. It’s understandable that some H-scenes just feel stacked on top of each other. With all that said, though let’s wrap this up.
Enroll in Vincennes Today! ~ Conclusion
Princess Evangile is a fantastic game and I’m disappointed that I didn’t play it in 2015 when it first came out. Eroge like this, let alone games like this, aren’t all that common these days it seems. That said, is the game absolutely perfect? No, but no game is. What Princess Evangile did for me, was actually make me pause and think. I easily would place it up there with Kindred Spirits on the Roof, the Danganronpa games, and Eiyuu Senki as some the most fun I’ve had in some time. Unless you really just don’t like romance stories, I can’t think of why you wouldn’t want to own this one. So let’s instead focus on what version to buy.
I honestly do think the Eroge scenes are done well here and do add to the emotional relationships in the game. If anything I think it’s a healthy depiction of a sexual relationship. So my personal recommendation is the 18+ version as either a download for $44.95 or in its Limited Edition form for $49.95. However, if you’re not comfortable with the 18+ content for personal reasons or are just not of age, then pick up the All-Ages version for $34.99. There’s a ton to love about this game even if you forgo the H-scenes considering there are about 40+ hours of content here. What matters is that you make the decision that’s right for you and hopefully this review has at least been somewhat helpful in that regard.
Regardless of what you choose, I can attest that I enjoyed my time at Vincennes and am looking forward to reviewing its “fan disc” sequel Princess Evangile W Happiness now that it’s out. In the meantime, I hope you’ll accept the invitation to attend this prestigious all-girls academy and enjoy your time with the maidens of Vincennes.
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