Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim from Top Hat Studios and Squiddershins is a dating sim visual novel in which you date other giant creatures. Learn more in our Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim review!
Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim from Top Hat Studios and Squiddershins is a dating sim visual novel in which you date other giant creatures. Your journey will begin with a news update from World Breaking News hosts Brevity Ormes and Lucky Cole, announcing that a colossal creature has appeared near the north pole! Once you’ve selected your Gigachu’s pronouns – Chu/Chu, She/Her, He/Him, They/Them, Ze/Zir, Ve/Ver, Per/Per, Xe/Xem, E/Em, Ey/Em, Ae/Aer, Fae/Faer – you’ll be ready to give this whole dating thing a go!
The controls are simple since this is a dating sim visual novel experience. You’ll use the left analog stick or the D-Pad to move up, down, left, or right as you confirm your choices with the X button… and that’s it! As you move around the map, you’ll spot the different potential kaiju you can try to start a relationship with. You could go with volcanic mountain maiden Tephra, giant moth creature Mossra, thick-skinned but sharp Turpio, giant eagle Guardan, colorful fungi Megaricus, or three-headed sea creature Seadora.
Once you’ve selected another Kaiju to interact with, you’ll be able to select a destination to visit for what will hopefully be a great date. Will you go visit Moai and its giant heads, Mano del Desierto, Teatro Amazonas, Mount Sidley, Chichen Itza, the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Space Needle, Nuuk Center, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Big Ben, Ekibastuz GRES-2 Power Station, Burj Khalifa, the Great Sphinx of Giza, Bab Al-Mansour, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, the Great Wall of China, the Tokyo Tower, the One Fathom Bank Lighthouse, or the Sydney Opera House?
After choosing the destination for your date, you’ll get to the main part of the game: checking out your compatibility with the kaiju you’re taking on this fancy date! Leveling landmarks by answering questions will allow you to show that you really care about this potential relationship. At the end of the date, you’ll have to answer a deal-breaker question, and you won’t be able to know how the other kaiju will react until you give it a go! If you end up having a great date, your relationship meter will receive a good boost.
Once that first date is over, you’ll then be ready to take your date to another location to see if you can keep the wooing going strong. While having a first great date is certainly great news, that doesn’t mean you won’t need to put in a solid effort to keep filling up that love gauge! If you screw things up and give the wrong answers, you won’t end up completely destroying the location you visited, which will fill up the breakup gauge, sending you into bad ending land. Once you fill up the love gauge, you’ll move on to the next act of the story. Be sure to pay attention to what hosts Brevity and Lucky have to say between dates since you could learn some valuable information about the kaiju you’re dating!
Trophy-wise, this one has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy to add to your collection. The list is split into a single Bronze trophy, 4 Silver trophies, and 10 Gold trophies. You’ll get trophies for successfully dating each of the different kaiju you can go out on a date with, getting your first great date, visiting 12 locations, visiting all locations, getting the bad ending, beating the game with nothing but great dates, encountering Mechachu for the first time, and for successfully dating all kaiju. And since this is a Cross-Buy title, you’ll get both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game with your purchase, and each one will have its own trophy list.
Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim is a colorful experience on PlayStation. With different storylines and endings thanks to having six potential kaiju to date, 24 locations to visit, quiz-based gameplay that will allow you to find if you’re compatible or not, and a solid soundtrack from Clark Abound, this is an easy one to recommend. Will you be able to find love as you destroy landmark after landmark? Will the military stepping into action put a stop to your dates? Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim is out as a Cross-Buy title for a $9.99 asking price, and you’ll get both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game at no extra cost.
This Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Top Hat Studios.