This is going to be my last Nutaku game for now. Why? I… just haven’t gotten around to any of the others, that’s why. I could have easily quit Peropero Seduction by now, but there’s just a little more I want to get out of that game before I leave. Namely, I want to level one of my cards up to maximum level. I’ve already maxed out one Rare-level card, and… yeah, no H-scene. Just more nakedness. Well, it’s still something.
Anyway, Osawari Island isn’t exactly a card-based game, but it’s probably the closest a Nutaku game comes to a card game, at least out of the ones I’ve played.
Here’s the story: You wake up, saved by a mad scientist. To pay her back for her treatment, you agree to assist in her experiments. How? By searching for and capturing Eromon, humanized representations of erotic feelings in the island. And once they’re captured?
Okay, I suppose I’ll do it if I have to…
And so we move on to actual gameplay. When you go on missions, you order around a squad of Eromon you’ve tamed. They attack enemy Eromon automatically once their action gauges fill up. You can switch Eromon in the same row so back row Eromon can attack, and the goal is to build up a long combo chain, especially since you get an attack multiplier for continuing the combo. Each Eromon also has a personal Skill that you can activate once their skill is charged up. It’s pretty basic, but it’s surprising how… FUN it is. Yeah, it’s actually really, REALLY fun playing through the missions and seeing how your team fares.
After the battle, you have a chance to capture a number of Eromon you encountered. Each Eromon has a capture chance, and rarer Eroman have chances as low as the single digits. Think of it like throwing a Great Ball at every Pokemon in a horde encounter without weakening them. You stand a good chance of capturing all sorts of fodder Eromon and repeating certain stages for a chance at rarer ones.
You can also go to the cash shop for a 100% capture rate gem, and let’s be honest: this is probably one of the best deals available to you out of everything Nutaku has to offer. No random chance bullshit, no chance that you’re completely wasting your money, no fucking $40 ripoff sets. You just spend $3, save that shit until you see the rare Eromon you want, then you pull the trigger. It’s a better deal than buying booster packs. That said, there are quite a few ripoff options in the cash shop. Like 250x Switcheroos (items that automatically switch your Eromon in battle for you so you can just go into autobattle) for 1000 gold ($10). You can easily get that much in a week of casual play.
Outside of missions, you get to pick out your Eromon squads, upgrade their skills, swap skills, upgrade their stats… You can aim for daily missions (basically activity checks like how many times you use a certain feature or go on missions in one day), dabble in item exchanges… They really give you a LOT to do. What’s awesome is that you can even participate in Eromon Gachas by using Gacha Points you earn while playing the game. Yeah, you can buy exclusive, better Gachas, but it’s kind of important that you have the ability to participate through purely free means, and on a regular basis, too! And as for leveling up your Eromon, it’s absurdly easy! You can max out the level of lower-rarity Eromon in 1-2 days of casual play, and higher-rarity Eromon get usably high in just as much time. It’s jaw-dropping just how much is done RIGHT with this game.
So I know what you’re thinking. What about the hentai? Well, most of the hentai content comes with upgrading your Eromon. Just by upgrading their rarity one step, you get access to some sexy time with pretty much every single Eromon you capture. There is one problem though: A VAST majority of them are just images tweaked for minor animation while you grope them, and there’s no nudity involved with those low-rarity ones. What it amounts to is a whole lot of wasted designs. But they can be pretty fun.
Naturally, the two highest-rarity types (SSR and SL) are where the really good H-scenes are at, and they’re also the Eromon with the highest stat and skill potentials, so it eventually boils down to making it your goal to acquire the rare Eromon.
If I have ONE major problem with the game, it’s that the loading times can be quite absurd. ESPECIALLY in Alchemy. Basically, the Alchemy system has you combine any number of colored gems: red, blue, green, and yellow. You change the distribution of gems for different rewards. Here’s the problem: Every time you change the number of one color of gem, the game loads the results other players had when they combined that exact combination. And it loads every. Single. Time. You. Change. The. Value.
Still, overall the game is a lot of fun, and it’s the only Nutaku game so far that I’ve considered actually spending money on. The character and game designs are all great and mesh together perfectly, it’s a lot of fun to play, it’s more engaging to play than other Nutaku games, the music is catchy, there’s a surprising amount of depth combined with a perfect learning curve, THE GAME ACTUALLY RESUMES WHERE YOU LEFT OFF IF YOU ACCIDENTALLY CLOSE YOUR BROWSER OR GET DISCONNECTED, and you can play it for a longer amount of time in one sitting and get so much more accomplished compared to other games. For now, based on the few games I’ve played so far, this is the best Nutaku game out there. It’s really the only one I can recommend getting invested in.