June 29, 2022

Andreas Betsche

Anime Beauties Battle Sci-Fi Pirates in this Tactical Visual Novel

June 29, 2022 | Andreas Betsche

The Most Dangerous Waters In The World” are the evocative words that Time recently used to describe the seas surrounding Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries. This statement is due to the modern-day pirates who roam these waters and attack or hijack boats.

The Indonesian developer 7N34AP and their publisher Niji Games transport this real threat of the present into a sci-fi setting and pit militaristic anime fighters against those swashbucklers. Can the unusual setting work? You can find out soon.

In Project Angels, as the game is titled, the player slips into the role of the commander of a futuristic military organization with the noble aim of protecting humanity. He is also responsible for the so-called Angels, bio-engineered battle ladies, who we prepare for the fight by chatting with them in the style of classic visual novels.

The developer wants to go beyond the gameplay of classic dating sims and incorporate tactical elements into the game. Some screenshots suggest these could be highly stylized combat missions played from an isometric perspective, but no details have been given regarding this part of the game. It also remains questionable how the serious scenario goes in conjunction with the often silly style of dating sims. It remains to be seen how the developers manage the balancing act here.

In any case, it is clear that there will be different story routes in eight chapters and that the developers want to rely heavily on the strong personalities of their four female protagonists. We will determine whether they succeed when Project Angels is released on Steam on July 13th, 2022.

Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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