If you’re a fan of Asian games, doubtless you’ve been following the work of prolific localiser eastasiasoft for some time now. They’ve been bringing us a wide variety of interesting games, including both large-scale projects and smaller doujin titles.
The company has just released its “EASter Showcase” video, highlighting some of the titles we can expect to see from them in the coming months of 2021.
Of particular note are the two “Pretty Girls” games Delicious! Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire and Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Fantasy World Edition, both of which are further fruits of eastasiasoft’s partnership with longstanding Japanese developer Zoo Corporation. The first of these, Bishoujo Battle Cyber Panic, was well-received, and eastasiasoft hopes to continue this partnership further.
As the name suggests, Delicious! Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire is a take on the traditional solo puzzle of mahjong solitaire, sometimes known as Shanghai solitaire. Rather than needing to know the complex rules of mahjong, all you have to worry about in mahjong solitaire is matching tiles with the same designs on them. And your reward for doing so? A variety of increasingly saucy costumes for the characters, all of whom previously appeared in visual novels from Zoo Corporation’s various imprints Norn, Cybele, Miel and Yumesta.
Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Fantasy World Edition, meanwhile, is a take on the popular Texas Hold ‘Em poker card game where, again, you play against a series of guest opponents from Zoo’s previous titles, this time with a fantasy theme to their outfits. If you enjoy the game of poker but have no desire to lose your own shirt, this will provide a good way to scratch that itch — and perhaps see a few of the eponymous Pretty Girls lose their shirts in the process.
It’d be great to see some form of eastasiasoft-branded Zoo Corporation physical release in the future; I’m sure a compilation pack would go down well! In the meantime, Delicious! Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire is out for PS4 and Nintendo Switch on April 8, 2021, while Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Fantasy World Edition hits PS4 and Nintendo Switch on May 6, 2021. Watch out for our writeups soon!
Elsewhere in eastasiasoft’s showcase we have Kingdom of Arcadia, which is a pixel-art platformer themed around a young man getting sucked into an arcade machine. This title features exploration, puzzle-solving and combat against fearsome bosses — plus the concept means we can likely expect some sidelong, wry humour at the expense of video game conventions along the way! Watch out for this on PS4, PS5, Xbox platforms and Nintendo Switch on April 14, 2021.
Dungeon Escape is also a platformer, but one more in the Super Meat Boy mould; you’re presented with single-screen puzzles to traverse and must make use of all your abilities in order to progress. There’s a strong emphasis on trial, error and learning from your mistakes in this, so expect some teeth-gnashing frustration from this one — there are plenty of people into that sort of thing! This one joins us on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on April 21, 2021.
The intriguingly named Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect is a thriller for Xbox platforms and Nintendo Switch about two sons fighting for their inheritance as their family’s partners in crime attempt to muscle in on their territory. The game offers the interesting prospect of a “novel-style” mode where the story just unfolds automatically, or a mode in which you can make choices and affect the outcome. This one is due on April 28, 2021.
Finally, Hentai vs. Evil is a third-person shooter in open world environments that allows you to customise your own character with seemingly pretty much any anime fetish material you can think of, then head into battle against relentless hordes of zombies. This has been confirmed for PS5 release as well as its previously announced platforms of PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Watch out for this in May 2021 — no specific date for this one as yet.
Anything tickle your fancy from eastasiasoft’s upcoming lineup? Let us know in the comments or via the usual social channels!
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