[Beyond PlayStation] Moero Crystal H Review

by MrMitchGeorge

Moero Crystal H from Idea Factory, Compile Heart, and eastasiasoft is a dungeon-crawling RPG in which you recruit monster girls on a mission for a particular item. Check our Moero Crystal H review!

In Moero Crystal H from Idea Factory, Compile Heart, and eastasiasoft you will be playing a dungeon-crawling RPG in which you take the role of the “lucky pervert” Zenox, as he undertakes the mission to recover the stolen Bra of Darkness to restore peace to the land. You will do this by rescuing and recruiting monster girls to aid you throughout your journey. Moero Crystal was first released on the PlayStation Vita in Japan back in 2015, remaining there until this enhanced Nintendo Switch version that features HD graphics and all previously released DLC available at no extra cost – by the way, the H stands for Hyper.

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What can you expect from Moero Crystal H on the Nintendo Switch? The story here involves a mystical set, composed of the Bra of Darkness and the Light Panties. These garments were used to bring peace to the world way back in the day. Unfortunately, the Bra of Darkness was stolen, and now Zenox, his team of monster girls, and a thirsty character named Otton, will be tasked with returning the Bra of Darkness to keep the world from falling into ruins, as had happened in the past.

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If this sounds totally nonsensical, that’s because it is! The plot is ridiculous, the English translation is quite cringy, and the expressions made by Otton, paired with that character’s dialogue, will certainly make you feel uncomfortable at times. The plot serves as the setup that will allow you to venture onward into the dungeons you must traverse to recover the Bra of Darkness. There are monsters and monster girls at every turn, aiming to stop you. But is this a dungeon-crawling RPG with anime girls or anime girls that have been plastered into an RPG?

Games that involve anime idol-like girls with a healthy dose of moe can be tricky. Is the game serving as a mechanism to access this anime content, or is the idol girl motif something that augments the main gameplay mechanics? In Moero Crystal H, it is, without a doubt, the former. The RPG system here is going to feel a bit convoluted for those of you who are not big fans of dungeon-crawling RPGs, as you move from encounter to encounter in an effort to run into a new monster girl.

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Zenox has access to a special EX gauge, which ends up storing his desires. You can use this gauge to give your monster girls a sizeable boost in battle or to change the attack order. If the desire gauge is packed in full, Zenox will require a cooldown, but the good news is that a powerful bonus effect is applied to your team of monster girls for the remainder of the battle. There’s a lot to manage here, especially if you’ve got a full team of monsters, but a little trial and error will allow you to find your rhythm.

The fights with the monster girls go about things a little differently. You can target the monster girl, or you can target their clothes. If you manage to destroy their clothes, you will then get a chance to convince them to join you through the Loving Scratch mode. Here the player must rub specific areas of the monster girl to win their affection within the specified time limit. This can be done with the Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode, or with the analog sticks when using the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con. Completing this will trigger a special effect by which the creature is freed from the influence of the Bra of Darkness. There are tools to skip this mini-game and immediately recruit a monster girl if you don’t feel like scratching that particular itch.

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Moero Crystal H does a good job of giving us a fun dungeon-crawling RPG adventure with some gameplay mechanics and systems that do require a bit of trial and error before things click. The plot is a crazy one that sets the stage for what will be a fan-service heavy journey – which is pretty easy to spot thanks to the whole mystical bra and panties angle. The difficulty spike can be a bit tricky if you don’t manage things right, and the fan-service is going to rub some people the wrong way – no pun intended. Moero Crystal H is out now on Nintendo Switch with a $39.99 price, and you can buy a physical copy from Play Asia.

This Moero Crystal H review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by eastasiasoft.

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