Bringing new meaning to boob tube
When it comes to fanservice, games like Omega Labyrinth Life take the cake. That’s why they’re so much fun, though. They’re always rife with silliness, quirky mechanics, and colorful graphics and characters that offer a well-deserved reprieve from the seriousness of so many games these days. In the case of Matrix Software’s Omega Labyrinth Life (on Switch, no less), you get a solid, enjoyable dungeon crawler that still has time to frolic around wearing its lighthearted nature on its sleeve.
When transfer student Hinata Akatsuki comes to Belles Fleurs Academy, she finds herself transported to a dungeon teeming with bloodthirsty monsters. Oh, and there are multiple levels. Just when things can’t get any worse, the Holy Blossom of Belles Fleurs ends up being damaged, which causes the garden outside of the school to wither and die. That’s obviously terrible, and Hinata is the one who must figure out a way to get everything back to normal to resurrect the Holy Blossom.
Hinata can fly solo through the multi-tiered dungeons, which are randomly generated as she picks up more seeds as she goes, working to tend to the dilapidated garden, and trying to make things right once more. Throughout the game, you’ll be assisting her when it comes to ensuring the school grounds appear as vibrant and lovely as they once did. It sounds pretty run-of-the-mill, right? There’s one fun secret it’s hiding that players who enjoy a bit of raunchy fun will no doubt have fun playing around with.
Sometimes, you’ll play “TFT” with your friends and the fairies in the garden (a sexy version of Rock, Paper, Scissors), level up by touching the other girls across various zones on their bodies, and using the Switch’s touchscreen to do so. It all has a very Senran Kagura feel to it, so if you’re familiar with that series and everything it stands for, you’ll feel comfortable with what’s going on here, too. All the fanservice you could want is here, unedited for the Switch, and fun to play through if that’s your thing.
Life outside the dungeons is exciting on its own, with a fun and rewarding “slow life” segment that lets you manage flower beds, equip new items, chat with other students of the academy, harvest nectar, and complete a variety of other tasks. There’s a good mix of both segments that eventually work well in tandem to make a satisfying on-the-go adventure.
If you have no interest in light sexual content, dungeon crawling and combat, or the archetypal “high school girls fighting monsters” storyline, you might not get much out of Omega Labyrinth Life. But if you’re all in on those things, you’ll find a rewarding and exciting amalgam of some of the best the genre has to offer. And if you do like what you see—you’re going to love the Senran Kagura series too, so you’ll want to seek that out next.
publisher: D3 Publisher
developer: D3 Publisher
system(s): Switch, PS4