19/11/2020

๐Ÿง๐ŸงŸ‍♂️ Undead Darlings: No Cure For Love | Nintendo Switch | Review | "Zombie Girlfriend Simulator 2020" ๐Ÿง๐ŸงŸ‍♂️ @UndeadDarlings #GameDev #IndieGames

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Undead Darlings on the Switch is a game that I’d never heard of before a few weeks ago but now it’s a game that I am repeatedly picking up my Switch to play on a daily basis.

It’s a game that brings a smirk to your face through its goofy humour and its oddball storyline and it’s keeping me coming back for more of the same.

It’s a good mix of a Japanese visual novel-style storytelling with a heavy splash of dungeon crawling and a sprig of turn-based RPG lite combat. Bake that in an oven with battling cupcakes that are actually zombified creatures that were possessed by a mysterious virus and you get a gloriously ridiculous video game plot that kinda works...you still with me?
The game starts with your friend waking you up and as you come round you realise that something is not quite right. Your friend looks like she has transformed into a Zombie and there begins the ludicrous but fun storyline.
It’s worth pointing out that in true visual novel style the game takes an age to actually let you loose into the dungeon crawling world but as the dialogue is light-hearted and written pretty well it held my attention even though I was itching to get stuck into slaying zombie monsters and looting.

The game is set after the cataclysmic events of the past that have turned most of the population into either brain-eating zombies or half-zombie female hotties and within the dialogue, you are actively encouraged to flirt with your half-dead crew of Zombie battlers.

You play as Reggie and oddly enough Reggie does not participate in the combat, it’s actually left down to your half-zombie mates to get stuck into the relentless onslaught of the undead eggs, crows and teacups! 

The setting is bizarre the combat is standard turn-based and the storyline is both cringe and funny but for some reason, it works.
It’s a well-made jaunt through the post-apocalyptic world of horny teenage zombies and Reggie’s blatant disregard for the fact that his whole world has been flipped upside down and that his dad put him to sleep on purpose to avoid the reality of the situation but it was all to protect him...there’s a lot to unpack here but just go along with it because it’s fun.

The one thing I would say here though is that the voice acting seems to jar with the aesthetic a little as it’s voiced with American accents which don’t really sit that well with the Japanese vibe but the voice acting is done pretty well and will keep you engaged in the storyline throughout as you come across more half-dead hotties.
So, in summary, I’d say that this ticks all the boxes if you like Japanese Visual Novels - Dungeon Crawling - Turn-Based Combat - Light RPG mechanics and utterly ridiculous storylines.

I’m therefore giving this little surprise nugget from Mr Tired Media a solid 7/10 as its a solid example of the genre and one definitely worth checking out although some small flaws do exist.

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