[Beyond PlayStation] Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ Review
Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ from Sekai Project and Mr. Tired Media is a dungeon-crawling journey in which you control a group of half-zombie girls in a post-apocalyptic world. Learn more in our Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ review!
In Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ from Sekai Project and Mr. Tired Media, you will play as one Reginald “Reggie” P. Happenstahnce, who finds himself waking up from what he thinks is a dream in which zombies have taken over the world. When he wakes up from this dream, he sees his friend Pearl coming to check up on him… except she looks like she’s applied makeup for a zombie costume? As it turns out, that dream was very much a reality, and there are indeed zombies roaming free in what is now a post-apocalyptic world!
As it turns out, Reggie’s father – that’s Mr. Happenstahnce – was working on a virus, and there was an outbreak, which is never good news. The virus turned all creatures, including humans, into zombies. Since his dad could not have his son fall along with the rest of the world, he drugged him by putting something in the scotch they drank many nights ago, which would protect Reggie from the virus. The good news is that Pearl – and others you’ll run into – have managed to remain in a half-zombie state, which has allowed them to retain part of their humanity. The bad news? There’s a lot of creatures who did not have the same fate! There’s a cure out there, so you’d better find it so that someone more capable than you can replicate it and save humanity before it’s too late!
Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ will present to you a dungeon-crawling post-apocalyptic world with a visual novel-sized script of more than 300,000 words, which is sort of a good news/bad news scenario for gamers out there. Those of you that like both of the genres that Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ mixes on Nintendo Switch are going to have a blast, but if you like visual novels without dungeon crawling or love dungeon crawling but don’t like big stories, then your mileage may vary.
Your interactions with Pearl and the other half-zombie girls you’ll meet – who will end up joining your team – will have an effect on your overall relationship with them. There’s going to be several branching dialogue options and plenty of interactions with all NPC, with the main story segments being fully voice-acted – minus Reggie, since he suffers from “main protagonist doesn’t have any voice acting to let gamers connect with the game” syndrome – while the extra dialogue sequences feature walls and walls of text.
Once you get to take on the dungeon crawling side of the equation, you’ll need to make sure that your party is properly equipped so that you can take on whatever it is you’ll run into out there in this new post-apocalyptic world. Since Reggie won’t be doing any of the fighting himself, you’ll have to rely on what the half-zombie girls in your squad can do! Each one will have different parameters for attack, defense, magic, resistance, dexterity, agility, and luck, so be sure to pay attention to them!
You can select the difficulty for the game’s battles, which will allow players of all skill levels to take this one for a spin. You can go for Visual Novel, which has super easy enemies that won’t be a threat, Easy in which enemies are a bit weaker but can still pack a punch, Funpocalypse, which is the normal difficulty setting in which Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ is best enjoyed, Though, which will have enemies deal way more damage per hit, and Old-School, which dials up the difficulty to 11 with enemies that can destroy your party if you make a mistake.
Items in your inventory will prove to be very useful. There will be items like the Crow Pinion, which will revive a fallen character while restoring some health, Candy Corn, which restores 30% of max hit points, Monster Chum that will temporarily reduce the random encounter rate while dungeon crawling, or the Vaudeville Hook which can be used to send the party back to the dungeon’s safe area to regroup. If, on the other hand, you want to grind for a bit, you can use People Chum to temporarily boost the random encounter rate! Oh, and don’t forget to keep an eye on the durability of the girls’ weapons because nothing sucks more than having a weapon break! Remember to use any scraps you find to repair weapons so that you can boost their durability.
As you explore each dungeon floor, you can run into groups of enemies to fight. Battles will be of the turn-based variety, so you’ll have to select the actions for each of your party members as you plan things just right to be able to survive. You can do a regular attack with your equipped weapon, defend to reduce physical damage received, use an item, use one of your character’s skills as long as you have enough SP, run from battle, or use a macro to save time. Macros will have different options to choose from depending on your configuration, so be sure to experiment as you explore each dungeon!
Along with the random encounters you’ll face, there will also be some special battles that will be marked with floating zombie-like cupcake symbols floating around. These are to let you know that said specific battle will feature more powerful enemies. These special cupcake battles will be of three different colors. Green ones are your standard battles, and they allow you to run if you feel overwhelmed. Purple ones are more challenging fights, and there’s no option to run. Pink cupcakes will let you know that you’re about to face a boss battle, so you better be ready for them!
As you win battles, your party members will gain experience points. Once each one of them has collected enough, they will level up. This will give them a boost to all of their stats while also offering a chance to unlock a new skill. Pearl starts with a First Aid skill that can help party members recover some of their hit points, while Jordan will have an attack skill of the fiery variety. Level up once, and Pearl will gain Barely Cleanse, which will remove any poison from one of the girls. Jordan will gain Sniping, which will boost accuracy in battle.
Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ was a pleasant surprise on Nintendo’s console. It’s a fun dungeon crawler with funny writing and a big chunk of a story to follow, even if it’s set in a post-apocalyptic world with half-zombie girls by your side. The one complaint I have is that the loading times when you go into a dungeon are a bit on the long side, but at least you get to watch scenes played on the 8-bit styled Super Copyright System! Portable RGB+ console as you wait. Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ is out now on Nintendo Switch, and it’s definitely one that fans of dungeon crawlers and visual novels are going to greatly enjoy.
This Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Sekai Project.