By Steve Baltimore / January 28th, 2020
|Title||Magic & Slash: Riru’s Sexy Grand Adventure|
|Release Date||January 16th. 2020|
When I first saw MangaGamer was localizing Magic & Slash: Riru’s Sexy Grand Adventure I thought this would be a very basic RPG style Eroge. The more details I learned about the title, the more I found out this was not the case. The combat system looked really detailed, and H-scenes were not just restricted to getting game over screens. I was also really taken by the overall design of the characters, so I decided to give it a shot. Let’s see if this turned out to be one my new favorites or a cheap Diablo rip off.
Our story beings in a dungeon. A powerful necromancer is being imprisoned here. His prison term will soon be cut very short as a group of orcs bust him out. The necromancer sets out on a quest for ultimate power, you know like most bad guys. We are then introduced to a large breasted girl named Tanya. Her brother Luis sent her a letter requesting her adventuring skills to deal with monsters that were cutting off trade routes to their town. She has arrived there with her apprentice Riru. Tanya decides Riru is ready to adventure on her own, but before she sets out Tanya mails her friend Mimi for help. She is a master of all forms of magic and will be great help in dealing with the monsters. Will Riru complete her quest and free her master’s town from the monster menace?
The story here sounds pretty simple, but the characters have a bit of growth during this adventure. This really applies to Riru and Mimi, I loved both of them a lot by the end of the game. I was really surprised to see the necromancer was an actual fleshed out villain. You really don’t learn a lot about him till very late in the game, but it’s well worth the wait.
The H-scenes were pretty basic, but well written. Some of these happen when you are defeated and monsters have their way with Riru. You can continue the game after the scene plays or skip it. There are some times when you cannot continue and the game will revert back to your last save. H-scenes will also occur when you want to make familiars. Depending on the class / outfit you are using these can change up a bit. There are some scenes that will only trigger if you complete certain quests and based on which ending you obtain.
The music is very basic, but it does get you excited to quest on and slay all the baddies. The game is voiced in Japanese. These voice actors really bring these characters to life. I really love Mimi’s voice actor she has that kinda deadpan personality and it’s spot on. The sound effects are your basic affair but they get the job done. I do like that equipment will make different sounds when it drops depending on how rare that item is.
While this may look like a very simple RPG there are actually a decent amount of mechanics involved here. The basic gameplay is what you find in your typical top down RPG of this kind. You use the mouse to move on screen by either holding down the left mouse button or clicking. When you left click on monsters Riru will attack them, or if you use the right mouse button she will use whichever spell you have equipped. New skills and passive abilities can be unlocked with feat points gained when Riru levels up. You can bind additional spells and items to some quick use keys on the keyboard as well. These keys can be customized to your liking in the options menu.
As you defeat enemies they will drop new equipment and other loot as well. Some of this loot will be used to complete quests given to you in town. Sometimes an enemy will drop you an embryo. These are used to make the familiars mentioned above. Each one will have different effects. Some will grant you HP restoration, while others will just attack enemies for more damage. You can only equip one at time so you will have to pick a familiar that fits your play style.
Weapons and armor will come with a ton of different stats and abilities. Some will boost your attack or defense. Others may restore your HP or MP when you defeat an enemy. You will have to mix and match to get the best setup for Riru. Equipment you don’t use can be sold for gold or you can take it to Mimi and covert it into crystals. The crystal you receive will be a different color based on the rarity of the equipment. You can use these crystals to swap an ability on a piece of equipment out for another one at random. For example if you have a piece of armor with ice defense +20% but you really don’t need that, you can use some crystals to change it to something else at random. This is a bit like gambling and every time you change an ability the cost increases.
I have to say Magic & Slash: Riru’s Sexy Grand Adventure is much better than I thought it would be. I really enjoyed the story, and I thought the characters had some great growth throughout. The gameplay here, while basic, is pretty satisfying. When you find that awesome weapon or piece of armor that lets you cut through a horde of baddies it’s just awesome. Magic & Slash Riru’s Sexy Grand Adventure will set you back $19.99 and if you’re a fan of titles like this I feel it is well worth it. You get about 8 to 10 hours of gameplay and bit more if you decide to unlock every H-Scene. If you’ve been looking for a sexy adventure with some wonderful characters, I think your search is over!
Game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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