Moe Chronicles is a First Person Role Playing Game developed by Compile Hearts and publishd (in Asia) by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the second game in Compile Hearts Genki series (which includes Monster Monpiece) though playing through the first game is not required. It is not compatible with the PlayStation TV micro console.
(Note: This review is my opinion only. All pictures are captured in-game with the PS Vita’s screen shot feature. This is not a paid review.)
Moe Chronicles takes place in a fantasy work where humans live alongside monster girls. Monster girls are all cute girls that look human, save for some features like cat ears, wings or even a non-human creature they ride.. You play as Io, a young man who is a lazy dreamer who can’t talk to girls without looking like a creep. When monster girls, who are usually friendly, start attacking people for no reason, Io is send out to find the cause. Along with his childhood friend, Lilia, a pink haired monster girl, he sets out to solve the crisis so he can return home.
As they set out, Io and Lilia encounter another being investigating the monster girl problem. His name is Otton and, well, the only way I can describe him is that he’s is a talking seal. A talking penis seal. Just take a look at him!
That’s Exhibit A. Now, you might think that’s just the way the cartoon seal was drawn and I have a dirty mind. True, but, I give you Exhibit B; Otton is a Panty Hunter. That’s right, he defeats Monster Girls and takes their panties as his prize. That thing around his neck? That isn’t a bib; that the panties of some poor Monster Girl he beat. And then there’s the fact he ejaculates gold coin from the top of his head if he gets too excited. More on that later.
Combat is all menu driven. Io doesn’t fight. He can store his desire energy, release it to one of the party to increase their stats that round, use an item or order the party to escape. The girls can attack, use a skill/magic attack, defend or charm, which increases Io’s desire energy.
The game has you explore mazes in a first person view, where you will randomly encounter monsters as you explore. The monsters, drawn in 2D and with minimal animation vary and include bee-like creatures. UFO’s with faces and blue monsters with a panty over their head. You will occasionally encounter a monster girl, either at a checkpoint or an occasional wondering one. There you can attempt to defeat it and have it join your party.
When fighting the Monster Girls, you can either aim at their body to get them to faint or aim at her armour pieces. if you manage to destroy a piece, Otton gets excited and his excitement gauge, shaped as a heart, starts to fill. If you manage to strip her down to here underwear, Otton gets really REALLY excited, his excitement gauge fills completely and starts ejaculating gold coins all over the Monster Girl. (See? Penis Seal.). From there you go into the Bumping Scratch mini-game.
For the Bumping Scratch game, you turn your PS Vita screen 90 degrees. You rub the screen with the picture of the monster girl trying to find their sensitive spots, which will fill Io’s “Postive Desire” gauge as well as Otton’s. If Otton’s gauge fills up, you will go into Nude Flash mode, where the monster girl is naked, save some well placed hearts. This will fill up Io’s gauge faster. If you fill it within the time limit, you mange to bring her to her senses and save her. If not, she escapes to show up again later.
As you recruit Monster Girls, they will join you party. If your party is full (you can have up to five Monster Girls in your party) they will go back to the in and wait for you. Each Monster Girl gains skills as they level up. They also have what is called Moe Traits, which can provide an advantage in certain conditions . The Moe Traits run from Animal Ears and Innocent to Cute Butt and Tiny Tits. Yes, having Tiny Tits can give you an advantage, in this case the ability to counter attack if Io’s Desire is over 45%
The graphics are simple but colourful. As I said, there is little animation with the monsters you fight and the cut scenes use static images of the characaters with only slight changes to their facial expressions or animated question marks being used. The levels all have 2D back grounds but each level varies in its design. But the characters are well drawn and the art is good.
The copy I reviewed was an imported copy from Asia. I do not believe it is coming out in the West. However this version has the text and menus translated into English, and done quite well. I haven’t come across any misspelled words or improper grammar. The voices are still in Japanese, but that’s not that uncommon, even with Western releases. With the PS Vita having no regional locking (unlike the 3DS) you can play it on any PS Vita, no matter when it was bought.
Moe Chronicles is an interesting game. Sure it is weird (*cough* penis seal *cough*) but it is interesting to see a game like this fully intact like the Japanese release, but in English. I doubt this game would ever see a Western release, with the partial nudity, the rubbing and the vocal phallic sea mammal, I took a chance with this game and I can say it was worth it.
Moe Chronicles was released in May in the Asia region. I bought my copy from Play Asia for about $55 Canadian. Check online for availability.