Japan has a history of “weird” video games, I try not to be judgmental and I’m a firm believer of whatever floats a person’s boat as long as it doesn’t hurt another person is cool. That said there was a game introduced not too long ago where you use a tranquilizer gun and kidnap girls from a nondescript white van (this is an ARCADE game so not only creepy but CREEPY IN PUBLIC). Another recently introduced Oculus Rift title was a tech demo that comes with a rubber moulded lap for you to place your head in. The application was an open source anime character for you to snuggle with (and grope) in Virtual Reality and the dating simulators are the least creepy of the sexy time games. This brings us to today's topic, Unholy Heights.
Once you rent out a room to one of these monstrous tenants you check in to see how happy they are with the service the Devil is providing as a landlord and super. An inventory system allows you to buy furnishings for their apartment raising their satisfaction (and giving them bonuses to combat). From time to time random adventurers will attempt to storm the Devil’s apartment complex and take his stash of rent money. The tenants will launch a defensive by knocking on their door and asking them to lend a hand. If they successfully repel the attackers you get extra money. After combat they will return to their room and after a quick lie down will restore their health (or if you want you can buy one use health tonics to speed up the process).
As time goes on and you build up your apartment some monsters will fall in love, move in together and even have children. That can be kind of weird when the two creatures living together are a pair of Succubi who decide to get it on (which inconveniently drains their energy), if you scroll over their apartment you may find out they are engaged in “pillow talk” or "reading erotic fiction". Of course all this could eventually lead to baby monsters. Like I said, weirdsville. Those same monsters falling in love also maintain day jobs as game testers, paper delivery chicks, children’s fiction writers, and more (that rent isn’t going to pay itself). Think of this like a stripped down tower defence Sims.
The game is not without its cheesecake, the Steam Cards have some steamy sucubii for people to enjoy as well as some Gothic Lolita art. This game is fun, despite all the weidness and inexplicable decisions. I have to say while on the surface it looks kid friendly it’s a game that parents may want to be careful letting their kids play unless they are comfortable with the awkward questions that may ensue like questions about sex, pillow talk, and babies or the fact that the Devil appears to be Schneider from One Day At A Time.
- Easy quick pick up and play gameplay
- Simple systems with a cute and fun art style
- Catchy music
- Good for quick short sessions
- Very linear and not particularly complex game systems
- After a time becomes slightly monotonous
- A little on the weird side (this could also be seen as a pro)