October 4th, 2007

It’s official: I am no longer an h-game virgin.

Thanks to a care package from the lovely people at J-list.com, I’ve joined the ranks of hentai game players. Hand-drawn genitals? Unlikely but sexy situations? Button-bursting breasts? Check, check, and check.
Unfortunately, it seems the world of h-games is cruel to Mac users. Alas, my old PC laptop didn’t come with me to France, but I was able to install and play through two of the four J-list titles before high-tailing it out of the country.

The first, A Drug That Makes You Dream, might not have been the best choice to start with. J-list’s Peter Payne tells me the writer is super well-known in Japan, and that the dramatic story has made players cry. Personally, I found it dense as a brick–the first five hours or so I could sit through, that is.

For those unfamiliar with h-game gameplay (like me, up until a few weeks ago) it’s mostly a series of still frames with text that scrolls across the bottom. Every so often, the player gets the chance to choice a course of action–“Follow her to the roof,” for example, or “Do her”. For the most part though, the players role is just to click through the scrolling text and watch the story go by.

Now, I’m all for story. I’d be the first to argue that pornography in general would be a whole lot hotter with a better sense of plot and character development. But the pacing and the level of narrative details in A Drug That Makes You Dream… It’s like wading through mud–except even more frustrating, because you know that on the other end of that mud there’s supposed to be something sexy.

The story is about a teenage boy facing the mundaneness of contemporary life–and growing up through his sexual encounters. It’s hard not to identify with him, at least: he’s bored, and so is the player. Do we really need to read two hours of mundane details about his mundane life before he even cops his first feel? Maybe if the story were more unique or more compelling… but as it stands, it’s not even a cock tease.

The sex scenes, however, are a different story. As a first-time player, I’m not used to the h-game level of detail that gets put into such a romp. There’s something refreshing about the amount of writing dedicated to each part of the sex act. How does it feel? How does it sound? How does it look? What noise does she make when you do it? There’s no piece of info left unturned.

I suppose A Drug That Makes You Dream raises a lot of questions I’m not ready to tackle yet–like “Are h-games just about sex, or also about emotion?” and “Shouldn’t h-games be art?” For now, I’m happy sticking with the basics, like, “Does it get me hot?”

Tags: hentai, language

12 Responses to “Adventures in Hentai Games: “A Drug That Makes You Dream””

  1. Cybersexy Says:

    It sounds like reading hentai would be a lot more fun than playing it.

  2. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    The trouble is that even the reading can be immensely slow. As for the pictures, most of the time they’re just backdrop. Though it’s interesting, when you’re in a sex scene, the backdrop only changes a few times. Still, as the sexual action progresses, you start to see how that one image takes on lots of meanings: She’s looking surprised because you just whipped it out, she’s looking surprised with pleasure, she’s looking surprising because you just came inside her. Very versatile…

  3. John Hummel Says:

    It goes back to an earlier article of yours regarding sex in games (I’m pretty sure it was yours): that when you stop and just look at the 4 to 5 frames of animation with people moving back and forth (or speed it up) it’s all rather silly.

    I reviewed a couple of Peach Princess games ages ago (Snow Drop and Tokemeki Check-in). The latter had something like 10 different girls you could get it on with in different capacities (from consentual to full on blood virgin rape), but the former had suggestions of brother-sister sex that I mentioned in the review as being kind of creepy-vile. The media contact guy got annoyed with that.

    Most porn just isn’t my bag because every time someone says “Hey, John, check it out”, it’s always something lame. But then again, if I want to see naked bits I just ask my wife.

  4. Memories Says:

    I’ve continuely tried to find a hentai game thats good, I don’t think they exist. They can barely be defined as a game even.

  5. Kazuki Says:

    See, i have to disagree though. I suppose I am a bit more emotional or something, but This game REALLY tugged at every emotional string I’ve got with Aeka’s story. I think it brought me to tears….maybe 2 or 3 times. Saikano (the anime) did that….twice in teh entire series at the most.
    I’ll have to see how the rest of the game plays out, but so far, the emotional involvment in this game is quite high to me.

  6. Urufu Says:

    I completely disagree, this is one of the best games I have ever played the art, story, characters, and even soundtrack are all good, go play it along with Kana Little Sister, Cresendo, and Seasons of Sakura if your looking for good H-games beyond random sex scenes

    A Drug That Makes You Dream: extremely highly recomended

  7. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    You’re totally entitled to think the game is good. Remember, I’m not a regular h-game player, so it might just be a general aversion to the pace, set-up, etc.

  8. Denetri Says:

    Its like watching a cartoon but the different is you’re one of the character. And its fun and really the same as watching cartoon. hehehe

  9. Justin Says:

    I totally agree with Urufu. I got into Hentai games quite a few years ago, actually, and usually I’m with Bonnie on how damn boring and mundane most of them are.

    BUT – though I haven’t gotten into any sex scenes yet, A Drug That Makes You Dream has spectacular writing, very good and subtle humor, and almost realistic and compelling characters and situations. I am really looking forward to playing this one, actually. These games bring me back to my high school daze. :)

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  11. A little cat Says:

    I believe this is the 2nd h-game I’ve ever played, the first being at least 5 years ago, I don’t remember the name of it now…

    I started playing Yume Miru Kusuri because of the images of Nekoko-chan I had seen online. 5 hours later, I was living with Aeka bittersweetly happy ever after. 12 hours after that, I’d started on the story of Nekoko, slept, woken up, and shed a tear watching fireworks from atop a ferris-wheel.

    To me, the “H” aspect of the game took a back seat to the stories. Granted, our digital altar-ego is somewhat (ok, quite a bit) of a tool, I think he is that way as a blank slate for the story to write itself upon. If our ‘hero’ was less of a tool, the game would be infinitely harder to write (or in many places, a lot less dramatic).

    This effect also lessened my dependence on the graphics. Although the static backgrounds with no background characters showing up, or for long periods, repeat images, etc, were annoying occasionally, and sometimes I wished for a new graphic to show something that was being described, I found for the most part that putting the text on Auto and just reading it as it scrolled by, my eyes didn’t venture above the text line as often as I thought they would!

    To me, there are only 2 things wrong with this as an ‘H-game’. First, our giant tool-bag of a protagonist, and the fact it is more like an extremely limited choose-your own adventure rather than a ‘game’. The only ‘game’ aspect to me is that you have a chance of failing (luckily, I made it to the happy full credit story ending for the 2 paths I followed first try).

    *Kinda Spoiler* OK, there’s one more thing I didn’t like – knowing that by following any one of the story-lines, you are dooming the 2 other story lines to a dismal ending. You are more than likely saving one persons life/happiness/future in exchange for 2 others *End*

    Funny enough, the “H” takes enough of a back seat that I would love to find a CLEAN version of this “game” to suggest to others to “play”. Forget it, let’s just call it a short story to read, with occasional illustrations?

    In short, if you’re just looking to get off on some porn, this game probably isn’t what you’re looking for. If you’d like some good, emotional stories (even if they aren’t completely original, being behind the screen with them makes you part of the story) with some damned sexy interludes, then go for it, just be prepared to cry as often as you get off ;)

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