Title: Cute Demon Crashers
Genre: Otome/Dating Simulator
Format: PC (Windows)
Recently, I’ve taken a dive into the realm of anime and manga. In the past week, I’ve both watched and read Wolf Children and both the film and manga blew me away. I can’t even properly review Wolf Children because all I can say about it is: it’s a beautiful film/manga, one of the best movies I’ve seen, and please watch it. In the past, I’ve enjoyed Studio Ghibli films, Sailor Moon, and I’m a comics fan. So, giving it more of a shot sounded like a good idea, and due to my sister, I learned what “Otomes” were. Finding them up my alley, I decided to dig in and play some. Which brought me to the particular game I’m reviewing in this entry.
Cute Demon Crashers is an Otome/Dating simulator created by a small group known as SugarScript as a NaNoRenO project in 2015. You play as Claire (or whatever name you choose since it gives you that option), a lazy college student, home alone on spring break. Four demons (three incubi and a succubus) randomly appear at her home and offer the opportunity to fulfill her wish for a fling. At the end of two days, you must choose one of the four for a sexual encounter or not (it gives that option as well). This game was such a welcome breath of fresh air and such an enjoyable experience overall. After I finished the four routes, I had a goofy grin on my face from all the fluff. For being as brief as it is, I can definitely see myself replaying this game from time to time.
The characters in this game, are very developed and filled with personality. Not going to lie, after playing it, I wanted to take the four demons home with me. Even the male ones and I’m obviously not the straightest person in the bunch. You have succubus Mirari, who is impulsive, flirty and adorable. Akki, the young, virginal incubus who loves pizza, video games, and cuddling. Kael, the gentle incubus who’s very down-to-earth and a great cook. Then lastly, Orias, an aloof incubus that makes tea blends, loves to read and isn’t quite sure what affection is. All four are well-developed, engaging characters, and it does make it very hard to choose. Claire, the main character, is a very well done as well. You actually see character growth with her, which is nice and I think she’s actually a pretty relatable character for young women in their late teens to mid-twenties. The characters are so wonderful, I can’t rave about them enough.
Also, I’m very impressed by the graphics, art, music, and voice acting. It’s so nicely done for a game made on a small budget and on a tight schedule. The design of the characters is lovely and the art featured in the gallery is definitely worth a look. The chibis are adorable. The music that is played during the sexual encounters has a great gentle quality. With the voice acting, while the game doesn’t feature a ton of spoken dialogue, it’s a nice addition. The voices do fit the characters and I’m in love with Mirari’s soft purr of a voice.
Then, of course, the most talked about feature of the game: the sexual content. It’s great to have a game out there (or any kind of fiction for that matter, regardless of medium) that is truly a sex-positive experience. The game really stresses the concept of consent. The demons constantly reaffirm to Claire that there is “no pressure” and “it’s her choice.” Even for the demons to feed on her sexual energy, it has to be a consenting, positive experience. I can’t state how much I love this, and how important it is. This game is also considerate of asexuals and people who may not be comfortable with nudity and sexual situations. You can choose how far to go, or for it go nowhere at all. During the sex scenes, the game has a feature that hides genitalia via pixellated hearts. This game is very accessible, no matter your comfort level.
I found the sex scenes actually sexy and erotic, even though that wasn’t what the creators had in mind. Over the years, I’ve seen and read plenty of sex scenes. They have featured various levels of heat, and gender combinations. Most of the time, they’ve never done much for me. It’s rare when it does, and there’s also been plenty of occasions where I’ve skimmed, or hit fast-forward because they bored me. But this game, it was one of those rare moments. What really attracted me to it, was how natural it was. I appreciated that, and it made for a nice little fantasy. I thought that the situation with Mirari was one of my favorite lesbian sex scenes ever. It was gentle, sweet, and realistic. I also loved seeing other things such as laughter during sex being welcomed, that BDSM is a normal sex practice, and intimacy doesn’t end and begin with sex. I loved all of this. With so much that the game presented regarding sex and sex positivity, I can say if I had a teenaged daughter, I’d encourage her to play this game. There are so many points made that I would want her to know these things, and in general, in the world that we live in, so many of these points are forgotten and should be encouraged.
As for any complaints, I have one. I wish that the game could’ve been longer. I realize the limitations, and it’s not exactly a downfall, but I would’ve liked to spend more time with these characters. But that’s my only complaint and it’s a very small one.
Cute Demon Crashers is a fun, cute, sex-positive game that I will definitely revisit.