Fair warning to those who need it: Moero Crystal H is a game that not only embraces sexuality, it positively revels in it. It is a game that knows and acknowledges that sexuality is fun, ridiculous, silly, and something that we should feel comfortable laughing about. And it is a game in which your party members consist of monster girls who grow considerably more powerful when adventuring in nothing but their lingerie, and in which the vast majority of enemies are thinly-veiled references to genitalia, secondary sexual characteristics and/or bodily fluids. If any of that sounds like something you’re not into, Moero Crystal H probably isn’t a game for you. If you are at the very least curious, however, read on – because this is also an absolutely cracking dungeon crawler with a wonderful (and enormous) cast of playable characters.
In Moero Crystal H, you take on the role of Zenox, a young man who has come to the city of Arthenon in search of his missing father. While wandering around the city, he happens to witness a terrible crime: the theft of the 'Dark Bra', a mystical artefact that keeps the world in balance and harmony so long as it is kept together with its counterpart, the 'Light Panties'. Teaming up with Pegasus girl shrine guard Luanna, who feels a sense of personal responsibility for failing to prevent this potentially world-shattering event from taking place, Zenox sets off on a journey to track down the thief and save the world before 'The Judge' is born from a dimensional rift and causes all manner of mischief.
The narrative setup is absolutely ridiculous on paper, of course, but as with many games like this, the game’s cast plays things admirably straight, which just makes it more entertaining. When coupled with the strong characterisation, witty writing, excellent Japanese language voice acting and solid localisation from eastasiasoft, it’s hard not to find oneself feeling surprisingly invested in this absurd quest and the fun, colourful setting in which it unfolds.
At its most basic level, Moero Crystal H unfolds as a grid-based dungeon crawler in which you assemble a party of monster girls drawn from various mythologies, explore a series of dungeons, fight off hordes of enemies and gather treasure. Your eventual goal in each of the game’s main dungeons is to take down the 'Area Leader', a monster girl who has been corrupted by the influence of the Dark Bra, and return peace to the region.
Each of your party members has an aura which determines the elemental affinity of the majority of their skills and spells, along with their weakness. Repeatedly hitting enemy elemental weaknesses in the game’s turn-based battles causes an 'Aura Combo'; the higher this climbs, the bigger the bonuses you get to the rewards after combat. And certain skills, when performed one after the other, will result in an 'Erotic Method' bonus attack, each themed after one of the 48 shijuuhatte – the Japanese equivalent to the Kama Sutra. Ahem.
Zenox’s role in combat is either to make use of items to support the party, or to manipulate his 'Desire' energy in various ways. Each turn, he can store energy, release it to a girl to temporarily power her up, or make use of it to manipulate the turn order. There’s an element of risk versus reward here, though; while storing energy for several turns can result in a monstrous (no pun intended) buff to a party member’s stats that is ideal for difficult fights, each consecutive turn of storing energy carries the risk of Zenox’s 'passion exploding', followed by him needing to spend several turns in 'calm time' before he can act again. Gentlemen in the audience can all relate, we're sure.
While the dungeon crawling is solid, enjoyable, slick and speedy, where Moero Crystal H arguably gets most interesting is between expeditions. Upon returning to town, you can visit any of your recruited monster girls in their inn rooms to chat with them, give them gifts or play the 'Loving Scratch' minigame to build up their affection. As their affection rises, they’ll unlock a second 'Moe Trait' besides the one they start with; these are passive skills that can benefit the whole party. You’ll also have the opportunity to get to know them a bit better through various scenes – these include date sequences between the girls and Zenox, and also scenes where various pairs of monster girls interact with one another.
Given that there are 80 recruitable monster girls in the game – some of whom arrive as part of the story, but most of whom must be found in the dungeons and defeated in battle – the sheer number of these possible scenes is astounding, and they help add a ton of personality to a subgenre of role-playing game that can sometimes feel a bit thin on characterisation and storytelling. Here, your party members are much more than just collections of stats and skills; they’re people that you really get to know over the course of your adventure, even if they’re not necessarily important to the main plot of the game.
It doesn’t end there, either. Each girl has three dungeons inside the deep reaches of her heart and soul, each of which can be unlocked through a shoot ‘em up minigame. Clearing each of these dungeons allows you to build her affection up to its highest level, unlock a unique character-specific skill or open up the ability to equip stat-adjusting panties and skill-learning bras separately from one another instead of as a set. When coupled with the game’s incredibly robust equipment system, which lets you upgrade accessories stat bonuses using spiritual energy gathered through combat and add additional effects to them through releasing the various girls’ 'seals', you’ll find you can customise each and every one of those 80 playable characters to an impressive degree, giving you the opportunity to assemble parties that are ready for any of the game’s challenges.
Moero Crystal H is an outstanding dungeon crawler that combines the light-hearted, sexy, character-centric comedy of harem anime with deep combat and progression mechanics, plus a healthy dose of dating sim for good measure. It respects the player’s time with quality-of-life features such as adjustable speed controls for both combat and exploration as well as a helpful autopilot mode – though it would have been nice to also see an option to save and recall party lineups and load-outs. It’s beautifully presented, too, with delightful animated Live2D characters, gorgeous (if infrequent) event images and incredibly catchy music. Most importantly, though, it plays well – and provides enough content in both its main story and endgame to keep even the most avid RPG fan busy for hundreds of hours.
👏 Big 👏 Anime 👏 Tiddies
Hmm, this game has a better score than Super Mario All-Stars by two whole points in this site. 2020 gets even wilder.
A fair review for an excellent game
@HotGoomba Big? Surely if they're drawn they're literally flat chested.
Whatever, this isn't for me. The condogolem did make me laugh though.
@Kimyonaakuma 👏 Anime 👏 Tiddies 👏 are 👏 Anime 👏 Tiddies 👏 No 👏 Matter 👏 The 👏 Size
[Lol how did @NintendoLife / @PushSquare / @PureXbox / @GamerNetwork not block this word]
@HotGoomba They must agree with you
Cons: "Heavy sexualisation won't be for everyone". That's such an odd con. You won't put "Platforming might not be for everyone" as a con for Mario games.
@Dog But 👏 Anime 👏 Tiddies
Oh yeah Peach....
I feel like I should put a label on my Switch that says 'Not Safe For Work'.
@MajinSoul Yeah or 'killing isn't for everyone' on a random shooter.
Just be thankful this is an actual review of a game like this and not the usual hate pieces NL churned out for these types of games, those seem to be going the way of the dodo which is most welcome.
@BeautyandtheBeer Yeah, I was genuinely surprised that this good a fair review for a change. These types of games usually get negative reviews on this site by default.
That's actually pretty surprising. I played a little bit of Moero Chronicle Hyper but struggled to get into it. This must be better than that then. If that's the case then I might give it a try at some point but I'd like to hear other reviews/impressions before I commit to buying it (if the physical version is still available by then).
@MajinSoul great point, I wholeheartedly agree.
Can't go wrong with monster girls.
Not to get crazy with the grammar, but "an hilariously" is not correct. Unlike words like "hour" or "honor/honour," the "h" in "hilariously" is actually pronounced, so you would use the indefinite article "a" rather than "an" because the first sound you hear when pronouncing the word is a consonant sound as opposed to a vowel. Bet you didn't think you would learn anything from clicking on this article today!
Legitimately suprised this review didn't just blast the game with negativity like some other anime games on here, kudos to you NL
@HotGoomba Anime Tiddies for life 👍
Oh wow, I was already considering this one but now I actually do want it. Still gonna wait for a discount though. Cause I have a huge backlog as it is.
Wow, judging from the comments here, it looks like NintendoLife still has a reputation for being a site that will automatically bash moe style games. I hope this makes NintendoLife truly appreciate how damaging to their reputation their previous behaviour and attitude was.
I'm all for this new approach they have now.
"It doesn’t end there, either. Each girl has three dungeons inside the deep reaches of her heart and soul"
Would of been better if you just said each girl has 3 dungeons deep inside of her....
So, is this censored?
Love that d*ckseal-guy.
Thirsty dudes when a moe game isn’t totally unplayable
@playstation_king yep, a big missed opportunity. We love dungeoncrawling.
Japan JPRPG are know for these game genre and one shouldn't expect differently. They have a different take on what so called Moral Police but not Moral policing themselves are kin to do.
is there a physical version in a plain cover and a button to change it to fluffy flowers when wife walks in
@Menardi Is that true in British English though?
Reminds me of the decent 3DS eshop game Picdun 2. I think it got an 8 on here. It was actually quite solid besides the ecchi elements.
@everynowandben While ‘an historic’ remains true in British English, I agree that it would be ‘a hilarious’. Unless you’re a Cockney of course and say “an ‘ilarous joke”
@Menardi @nessisonett Interesting. I've seen 'an' used before a word that starts with 'h' even though the 'h' is typically pronounced in said word a number of times over the years, and always assumed British English used "an" in those situations regardless of the sound/pronunciation. Maybe it was just a Cockney accented person writing? Haha..
Question is: is it "an h" or "a h"?
Hahaha... Kidding of course
@everynowandben Honestly, I’d say ‘an h’ because where I’m from, we say ‘aitch’. Someone a few miles away might say ‘haitch’ and therefore it would be ‘a h’. I know you were joking but it’s an interesting concept!
@Menardi I'm sure I've heard it used with "an" but I'm happy to edit in this case.
@Damo You're good, easy mistake to make lol
Wow, that's a pretty glowing review.
This isn't usually my sorta thing, but I might have to pick this up sometime. Maybe when it goes on sale.
I read that as scary not saucy.
Something that I will never understand is why first person dungeon crawlers in particular attract these "types" of games. I'd like to see a more regular representative for the genre one of these days.
@Damo I guess it depends on the accent as people have said before. I've heard both ways for the word "historical" so the same thing could be true for "hilarious".
I watched a video on YouTube by this article's author, and he does in fact pronounce his H's, so it must have just been a simple mistake or typo.
Pete Davison needs to be in charge of reviews for these types of games. This review was fair and an enjoyable read, contrary to the biased hate NL have given past games like this.
Thumbs up to Pete.
Wow, never would have thought a game like this would get a 9/10 from NL. Good on ya, NL. Gotta wait for my physical version to come in the mail, can't wait to play it.
Play asia still has not shipped my copy, if I wasn't already at risk of being crushed to death by my backlog I'd be furious.
@HotGoomba I am just now finding out there's an Xbox site to go along with NintendoLife and PushSquare lol. Thanks.
@MajinSoul after the backlash on the past few games with ecchi stuff they changed their tunes abit
@HotGoomba HELL YEAH DUDE
@RiasGremory Good, Review the game for what it is... We get it that some people hate fanservice, but to dock points because the game has some is idiotic.
Sold! Can't we have more games like this!
This WOULD be GOTY in 2020, huh?
This is the kinda game that you gotta be the target audience to enjoy. I used to think these kinda games are pervy, and I still do to be honest, but I appreciate how they exist thanks to how PC so many western developers have become.
Glad to see Pete's still doing the reviews for games like these. Keep being awesome, dude.
I'll never get tired of reading about Moe girls and immediately thinking of the original...
Lol I bet it is driving people crazy that this game is getting good scores. That was a really enjoyable review. Way better than the guy that review Sakura Wars and kept going on and on about sexualization
@Dog Mario's tits are saggy now.
This is the perviest game I have ever played. It's also very good though. Bought a physical copy a year or so ago, played it out. I was thinking of selling it with some other games I've completed - and changed my mind. Most games that put sex front and center often end up being mediocre or just plain bad, but this is a solid game. If you like sex, it's icing on the cake.
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