By Steve Baltimore / December 6th, 2018
|Title||Loca-Love My Cute Roommate|
|Release Date||October 25th,, 2018|
|Age Rating||18+ with free patch|
With all the craziness going on around the industry these days, I decided to take on something a little lighthearted to get my mind off things. Luckily Frontwing USA had just released Loca-Love My Cute Roommate and it looked like it would fit the bill nicely. The artwork looked really great and there’s nothing like a super sweet nukige to put you in a better mood! Let’s see if I needed diabetes medicine before I reached the end of this one.
The story here follows a young man named Ichitaro. He works at a bakery with an adorable coworker, Hiwa. The two of them go to the same school, and she is very grateful to him for his help at work. She is just a newbie there, so any help he gives her in customer service is a huge help. One day the pipes in his apartment building burst. He blames this on praying at the shrine that morning. His has no place to stay and was thinking about just staying at a manga cafe or something till he found something better. Hiwa very shyly offers for him to stay with her. He is very taken back by this, but she is very insistent on him staying with her. He soon caves, because who wouldn’t to a girl that cute, and so the two soon begin staying together. Will their very obvious crushes blossom into a great relationship? Time will tell.
The story is a very typical love story. Boy meets girls, ends up staying with girl, they fall madly in love. This is a nukige so you can add lots and lots of sex into the mix as well. Hiwa is probably one of the sweetest characters I’ve ever seen in a visual novel. Her being a bit shy and her overwhelming kindness will draw anyone in like a moth to a flame instantly. Ichitaro is pretty much your typical protagonist here in a lot of ways, but unlike most guys in these games that want to take advantage of the girl, he has genuine feelings for Hiwa right from the start. I am a big fan of things like this since we deal with a lot of negative things all the time. It’s good to see a story about pure love every now and then.
The eroge scenes in the game are all very well written. The two have quite a few crazy exchanges during these and you soon realize that they are both pretty much huge perverts for each other. This is not a bad thing by any means as it really adds a lot to the story, as during these its not just all dirty talk. There is a lot of them saying very sweet things to each other as well, especially in the pillow talk scenes that follow. These scenes really drive home the point that these two love and each other are connected on a grand scale.
The artwork in this game is just plain top notch. All of the background locations looks very nice and Hiwa’s character design is just fantastic. Her various outfits sport many details right down to her dango hairclip that is just plain cute. All of the CG work in the game is very nicely done as well. The sexy picture of Hiwa cooking is perfect and shows off her cuteness nicely. The eroge CGs are all very nicely done as well. They have just as much detail as the other artwork found here and there are no nasty mosaics to ruin the mood either.
The music here was a very nice surprise as well. Most of the tracks are very happy and upbeat and they really add to the overall mood of this title. I thought it was a nice touch you can have the track names appear at the top of the screen if you want. The opening and closing themes are both fantastic as well. I found myself humming the opening theme after hearing it for the first time. Like most other visual novels you can listen to tracks or check out the opening and closing movies from the gallery once completing the game.
I have to say, Loca-Love My Cute Roommate is probably best nukige titles I’ve ever played in terms of quality. The artwork is top notch, the soundtrack is great and the story, although simple, is simply adorable. The UI has a lot of great features include touch screen support and you can even save voice clips in the game. The game is kind of short, clocking in about 6 hours with the free 18+ patch, but I feel like the quality of this one makes it worth every penny of its $19.99 price tag. If you’re looking for a super cute romantic story with some great characters I would say jump on this without hesitation.
Game provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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