Foreword: And holy crap this game was long.
Evenicle, pronounced “Eve-nicle” is a game that two of my friends Aero and will recommended to me a couple of weeks ago, saying that it was the “currently best game of 2015”. I decided to give it a try and found that it was a “game” novel.
As surprising as it may be, I’m actually quite experienced with “game novels”. In fact, I absolutely love them because they add in player-interaction within the gameplay. Unfortunately, this also relates to poorer story design because it’s just that much harder to incorporate a good story inside a game.
Right, let’s get on with the review.
Due to the nature of this review, mild spoilers are intentionally included. Read at your own Risk!
Title: イブニクル (Evenicle)
Release Date: April 24, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16640
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=843828
Game Type: RPG Adventure game with biblical and fantasy themes
Summary: Asterisk is a young boy who loves girls… almost a little too much. His dream is to take the two girls who was with him for as long as he can remember as wives, but unfortunately, the Saint Eve’s two rules of “Thy shalt not murder” and “Thy shalt not have more than one wife” taunts his current condition.
This is why he decides to become a Knight. If he becomes a Knight and climb the ranks, he will be granted more than one wife as an effort to “spread the strong seed”. He arrives near a small town called Abel and faints, to be saved by a girl named Riche. Little does he know, however, his adventure will soon take him across the continents to fight against the essence of human itself.
Ramius, Asterisk’s first wife. She is actually perverted contrary to her originally solemn impression.
Story Length: Short (5 hours) (50+ Hours including gameplay)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Comments: So one of my complaints for this game is that it’s actually way too easy. All the characters pretty much tell you where to go next, and even if you forget where you are supposed to go, standing still will have the characters giving you “hints” at what the next step is, which made the game a bit too easy for me. I did not use a walkthrough for the main storyline, but feel as if I may need to use it or obtain a savedata for the 100% CG completion.
I did, however, appreciate the Giant Bosses who were a challenge.
Character Design Rating: 5/10
Story Rating: 3/10
Protagonist Rating: 1/10
Game Quality: Moderate
Overall Rating: 2/10
Rating Comments: So well, I may be a bit more critical with my ratings, but honestly, it was because of Asterisk that the ratings are lower than what it should be. Like literally, he has NOTHING within the beginning of the story yet girls are falling for him with single pick-up lines which was kinda annoying at first. He does have his “protagonist moments” within certain portions of the game, but I wanted him to be a bit more hot-headed or solemn. His avatar of grinning all the time and lack of voice acting was a big minus, in addition to other factors that I’ll discuss later.
Story is decent, but full of contradictions. There are also too many “exceptions” to rules that are laid out in the beginning of the game, and how “Knights having more wives to make babies” = good was just thrown out there as one of the exceptions was indeed annoying. Kalar = tool to have sex with also another one, and I was just sitting here going “What the fuck” as all these convenient exceptions being used to display sex scenes for no reason at all.
Riche, the first girl to meet Asterisk and his second wife; she controls 3 of the 5 elemental magic available in game.
Speaking of sex scenes: WAAAAAY too much rape scenes, and too many H-scenes in general. H-scene text occupies up to 30% of the entire text in the game, which is a lot for a game (the normal amount is ~1% for a normal novel). I feel as if many of these rape scenes could have been removed, and as the game stands as it is, it’s more like a nukige because of this trait. I’m not even joking; the game focuses WAY too much on sex. I counted 66 H-scenes for a single game.
In addition, the game does need to incorporate at least a bit of accuracy. The “Holy Mother Eve = slut” was actually pretty hilarious, but what the fuck does “Dragons” have to do anything with biblical references? The game also hops back and forth between themes and utilizes different and seemingly-unrelated plot in each “chapter”, which does make the adventure more exciting, but also contribute minus points to the “story” portion of the game.
Characters are pretty interesting, with most of them well-designed. Plot-twists for some of the characters were nice, except there was no foreshadowing of these plot-twists making them seem to come out of the blue. This caused even more choppiness within the story, and another minus.
Asterisk is the boy full of sexual desires who swims to the main continent to become a knight. He quickly gains power despite being raised in a small village of seemingly no place to train, and greatly surprises everyone around him with his abilities. He quickly “marries” Ramiel (kinda sad how these “weddings” are done with sex), and as he becomes a Knight, Riche as well. This is when a strange group called “Jamon” is shown to be cruel and doing immoral things, and Asterisk and his brides slowly find out their identity.
This would be “Jamon”
As Asterisk grows rapidly to the point he saves Lancelot and then El Quiote, his brides and closest friends start to question who he and his “sisters” are. They soon find out that he’s actually a half-dragon, which does add into another contradiction of QD’s rule for dragons to strictly not interfere with humans. The game uses this as an excuse to explain his “rapid growth”, which really sucks because that’s the only trait of him being a “half-dragon”. No superpowers and no foreshadow. That equals bad planning.
Asterisk pushes onward to defeating Jamon, and finds himself at Hamlet, and as he clears its zombie problems, the Jamon members suddenly reveal themselves to him. This starts another arc of Asterisk defeating each Jamon members one by one, until he defeats its leader as well.
After Asterisk defeats the final boss, he decides to restore the space between worlds and leaves on another journey, which suggests a sequel to this game.
Gurigura, Asterisk’s 3rd wife and the loli-character for this game. Her CV is Himekawa Airi, who I haven’t heard since Imouto Paradise 2, so that was a pleasant surprise.
Sexual Content: High
Comments: So in general, you can see that this game did have some funny and unique characters. Asterisk himself is pretty comical in the sense he’s always after boobs or girl’s underwear, yet the girls are still falling for him because “he seems caring” for the girl. There are specifically scenes proving this, but then the ending of the game pretty much crashes that and suggests that Asterisk has something else in mind.
I kinda wish Towa had more screentime…
So yeah, the gameplay was easy enough, but it does take up a lot of your time. It’s a real pity that the story is drop-dead horrible considering how it’s all about sex, sex, and more sex. Regardless of if it’s rape or comical H-scenes or 3P, it almost seem like Alicesoft was trying to make a nukige, and the romance (or icharabu as the game calls it) is just so generic and repetitive to the point I would skip them.
Really, this game seemed awfully similar to those Doujin Hentai RPGs that you can find on DLsite. In reality, the only reason I probably played this title was because I was so freaking bored of Rensou Relation.
There’s also a lot of “What the Fuck” moments in this game. I personally found it to be disgustingly hilarious (such as Ophelia’s H-scene)
While not the 4th wife, Katheryn does have the same CV as Yuzuyu from this title. I recognized her immediately :)
Affection for the Characters: Low
CG Score: 3/10. CG is weird, too bland, and lacks Non-HCG.
Music Score: 7/10. Music is actually quite decent. Unlike other games, this game did need a better “sensual” music that’s prevalent in H-scenes. Most of the time, it was replaced with a bright and cheerful tune instead.
Conclusion: While others thought this game was good, I didn’t find any merits for this game aside the unique gameplay. Story is horrible due to large number of convenient exceptions and contradictions, protagonist is quite opposite of what I expect of a real protagonist, and even as the heroines are unique, they contribute nothing toward the romance of the title, effectively making this game worthy of being called a nukige.
Sorry if this review is bland as well. I just didn’t have much I could say about this title because it was really all over the place and I couldn’t even find a single theme to rate this game with. The gameplay is interesting, but gets repetitive quickly, and since the story jumps from rape to dragons to outlaws to polygamy to 3P sex to Jamon without warning, this game is probably designed as a nukige with gameplay like those other Doujin Hentai Games.
Dang, I’m hungry right now…