Game Review - How To Date A Magical Girl! on PC

Written by corky12 on March 20, 2020 @ 11:26 pm

This game is not what you expect. There is a good reason it has a disclaimer of disturbing images and adult characters. As someone who enjoys Visual Novels, I was excited to give this game a try, especially when I noticed it uses stats and building relationship points instead of your typical dialogue choices. The story of going to a magical girl school intrigued me, and I was not disappointed.

PROS:
1. Cover Gallery pictures are beautiful. Each magical girl sparkles and shines with her own unique costume, and I love it. The art drew me to this game.
2. More happens in this game than simple dating. While choosing a girl is the only real choice you can make, the story extends beyond dating to magical girl types, battles, and a type of warfare.
3. Plot twists are well-done. I did anticipate anything that happened near the middle, towards the end of the game. Few games I have played attempted to do what this one does.

CONS:
1. Gameplay is repetitive. Stat grinding takes forever, and even after a girl chooses you, sometimes you have to keep grinding just to get her unique ending. I used a walkthrough after my first playthrough because I ended up with the bad ending right off the bat.
2. Character sprites leave something to be desired. I understand this is an indie company, but the CGs are gorgeous and the sprites feel like a cheap, free-to-play game.
3. Characters are cliche with some weird backstories. I love a good backstory, but most of these seemed to be very out-there and unrealistic, even for the type of game it is.

All things considered, this game is good. I could move past the cheap sprites because of the enjoyment I felt while trying to decipher the mystery. However, I do feel the stat grinding could have been done better, and I have seen games do it well (Persona 5, for example). I also did not fall instantly in love with the characters, as I did in other VNs. There was something about the overly done tropes and the odd backstories which kept me at arms-length. In conclusion, this is a great game to get if it is on sale.

Gameplay Rating: 5
Story Rating: 8
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 7
Sound Rating: 7
Overall Rating: 8

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Game Information

Platform
PC
Developer(s)
RIVER CROW
Publisher(s)
RIVER CROW
Genre(s)
Visual Novel
NA Release Date
February 1, 2019
JP Release Date
February 1, 2019
EUR Release Date
February 1, 2019
AUS Release Date
February 1, 2019
MVGL User Score
7.5
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