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Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ is a visual novel with a difference. Developed by Mr. Tired Media and published by Sekai Project this story of half-zombie girls adds turned based RPG combat into the forefront. Previously available on PC and PlayStation it now creeps into the Nintendo Switch. With a wealth of wacky visual novels already on everyone’s favourite hybrid does Undead Darlings do enough to warrant your time and money?
Bring Out Your Dead!
You kick off this bonkers story as Reginald P. Happenstahnce slowly comes around from the ultimate hangover only to find everything has gone to hell, quite literally. A deadly virus has taken hold and transformed almost everyone into flesh-eating zombies, let’s just hope that’s not the next step for us in 2020 but with the way things have panned out so far I wouldn’t write it off. His best friend Pearl has sadly been zombified yet somehow managed to hold onto her humanity, just stuck in a half and half state. She’s not alone in being bestowed with this curse. Ever the friend and trying to help, Reggie attempts to find a way back from this situation.
The narrative-driven segments of Undead Darlings play out like any visual novel you’ve experienced before. We’ve played our fair share here at TBG over the past 12 months, with varying degrees of success. I personally really enjoyed my experience with Wanderlust Travel Stories, it left me wanting to pack my bag and go on a voyage of discovery. Yet for every success, we swiftly grounded with bizarre titles like Nicole and Pantsu Hunter: Back to the 90s. In essence, you are tasked with reading an interactive book which can be progressed at the touch of a button. The story certainly has a unique setting, comical at times as you develop relationships and connect with the characters. Undead Darlings features branching paths defined through interaction and responses which combined with character selection results in nine possible outcomes to your adventure. It certainly adds value and replayability to the game.
The other side to Undead Darlings is the dungeon-crawling RPG sections that provide a familiar feel with their turn-based battle system. The combat is easy to pick up and you’ll soon find the best set up in order to obtain greater multipliers and maximum damage, depending on your party. Naturally in this adventure all stores are closed, it’s the end of the world! So a lot of time will be spent looting the dungeons, looking for collectables and exposing the hidden paths littered across the twenty floors to conquer.
Visually Undead Darlings is pleasing with its anime style for the story segments, characters are larger than life and bursting with colour. they style mixes well with the first-person viewpoint of the dungeon, it shouldn’t work as well as it does in reality. The audio is complimentary finishing off a well-rounded package but nothing groundbreaking.
Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ is a quirky, bizarre but ultimately fun title. The blend of genres, visual novel with turn-based RPG, strangely works and provides a challenge without ever becoming a chore. The gameplay mechanics are solid as is the visual and audio offering. Undead Darlings provides enough replayability and unlockable content to make it easy to recommend.
TBG Score: 7/10
Platform: PC, PlayStation, Nintendo
Release Date: 30/09/2020
No. of Players: 1
Category: Visual Novel, RPG
Developer: Mr. Tired Media
Publisher: Sekai Project
Download link: US eShop / UK eShop