When your company is named One Hand Free Studios, you either don’t understand what a double entendre is, or you too are a man of culture. Memes aside, EastAsiaSoft has teamed up with the unabashedly named studio to deliver Waifu Discovered 2: Medieval Fantasy for the Nintendo Switch. It is safe to say that there is no prior experience needed to jump straight into this sequel, but I would recommend a hearty sense of humour and an open mind just to be safe. Full disclosure, this is an 18+ game, and to do it justice, I will be covering some more provocative matters in this review.
Now keep in mind that One Hand Free Studios is a game developer first and if you were here for the title alone you may be pleasantly surprised. I mean surely you would much prefer to have a nice, juicy set of game mechanics and upgrades to play with. A game that will make you writhe in pleasure at the silky and tantalisingly smooth frame rates on offer. A game that will have you teetering on the edge of moaning in pleasure when you finally blow that high score away.
Sorry, I kind of got carried away there, there are also a bunch of damsels in distress which make up the other half of the game. Composing myself, Waifu Discovered 2: Medieval Fantasy is a classic-inspired shoot em’ up with a fixed screen combat scenario.
You have been summoned to this fantasy world to slay the evil Monsters of Pin’a’reah. These nasty creatures have latched onto the young maidens’ clothes and are threatening to suck them dry of their life force. Luckily, you can choose from a list of anthropomorphic pilots that have been shrunk by magic to blast away the monsters and the cursed clothes to save the day and free the cleavage in the process.
It’s a wild concept that unfortunately falls flat compared to the busty fan service on offer. The most creative thing on offer is the list of puns, either in the names of characters and places or in general conversation. While the theme of the shop, costumes, and musical score are all medieval-esque, the fighter pilot combat is distinctly out of place. It gets the endorphins flowing with a plethora of enemies pouring onto the screen at any given time though, don’t get me wrong.
Weaving in and out of the hail of bullets while mowing hordes down with a single button can be quite satisfying. Hell, you can even unlock “one hand mode” and control the ship with the touch screen while it auto fires, leaving your other hand free to butter your crumpet for your afternoon snack. I mean, why else would they put in a one hand mode? From personal experience, I would suggest you grip the switch firmly with two hands if you wish to tackle the harder difficulties, competition can be quite stiff.
The backdrops are stagnant set pieces for each of the eight women who all have designated classes such as Estelle, the rouge, complete with a back story of how she survived the streets of Vladur by stealing from the rich. By having a back story and title, the player is now free from guilt at blasting away her scantily clad outfit. The more of the silly bat and pest-like creatures you blast away the more provocative the maidens outfit becomes. Thankfully she is ready to throw herself into my arms after saving her, however, I am on a mission and much retreat back to the store to upgrade my ship. There is more than just ship upgrades on offer too, with every successful mission, the more robust your galley grows and the better your clairvoyance.
With more clairvoyance, your censorship options begin to open a whole new world for your backdrops and gallery. There are 6 levels of censorship you can cycle through and some are even streamer friendly if you want to share your conquests with the world. Don’t worry because the game will remind you of it, every single time you start a campaign. I am not sure why but the game treats you like it is your first time every time you turn the game on, but it may just save someone’s stream integrity if they forgot to change a few settings from that last private session.
At the end of the day, I had fun and more than a few laughs, probably more at the expense of the game rather than with it though. It serves its purpose and is remarkably well priced for the service on offer. I have a sense of admiration for the team at “One Hand Free Studios” for going for it and respect Waifu Discovered 2: Medieval Fantasy for what it is.
- Laugh out loud fun
- Surprisingly smooth controls
- Addictive upgrade system for your ships
- Obligatory fan service mention
- Shallow game play
- No long term vision for the game
- Fantasy setting doesn’t make sense paired with gameplay