[Nintendo Switch] Tengoku Struggle -Stayside- Review

by EdEN, Owner

Tengoku Struggle -Stayside- from Aksys Games, Idea Factory, and Otomate is a fantasy-themed Otome visual novel in which sinners battle against each other for eternity. Check our Tengoku Struggle -Stayside- review!


Tengoku Struggle -Stayside- from Aksys Games, Idea Factory, and Otomate is a fantasy-themed Otome visual novel in which sinners battle against each other for eternity. As protagonist Rini Enma, the adopted daughter of one of the Kings of the Underworld, you’ll be tasked with going on a quest to track down and recapture a group of sinners who escaped their current Hell. Rin will be joined by some sinners who have been hand-picked by her father for this particular journey. You’ll have to journey to the human realm to get the job done. The King truly cares for his daughter. For example, he gave all of HHell a week off when Rini gave him his first Father’s Day gift since he was so happy! While this one is Rated T for Teen, it does almost walk the fine line that sets it apart from Rated M for Mature game due to it’s premise and character interactions.

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If you’re new to visual novels, you should know that they’re games in which you interact with a story by reading a lot of text as you get to learn more about the main protagonist and the different characters it will meet. They usually have some potential romantic suitors, and as the story progresses, you might end up going down this or that route. Some of them feature voice acting to better enhance the experience. That is the case for Tengoku Struggle -Stayside- which has voice acting in Japanese.


This game, in particular, is an Otome visual novel. That means that you’ll be playing as a female protagonist with male suitors to consider. Who can you meet during this otherwordly adventure? There’s Goemon Ishikawa, who, in his past life, was the greatest thief out there. A crime he committed sent him to the Eternal Hell, but there’s more to learn about said crime and why he did what he did. Yona Murakami used to be a pirate and really stands out thanks to his red hair and blue eyes. Sharaku Toushuusai was a uyiko-e artist in his former life and is really obsessed with keeping everything neat and tidy. And then we have Kikunosuke Uga, who died at a very young age. He’s an interesting individual since he can transform into a wolf!

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You can play the game at home or on the go, either by using the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con or Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, or by making the most of the console’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode, or by playing on a Nintendo Switch Lite. As mentioned before, the game features voice acting, but since it’s in Japanese, if you don’t know the language, you’ll be reading a lot during your time with Tengoku Struggle -Stayside-.


Important elements will be added to the Library, which you can check from the pause menu. Once there, you can learn more about, for example, a Model Prisoner (someone who has atoned for their sins enough and is recognized to have repented for their sins), King Enma (one of the ten Kings of Hell who provides sentences to the deas 35 days after their passing – and yes, he’s the protagonist’s father), a Pardon (when someone is given a lighter sentence), or the Crushing Hell (the third layer of the Eight Great Hells).

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There’s plenty of content to enjoy in this Otome visual novel. As has been the case for other visual novels from Aksys Games, you will be taking on a common story route, as well as branching into story routes that are specific to each potential suitor. Add the fact there are good and bad endings, and you will see why this one offers dozens of hours of content with some solid art and special CG that will accentuate specific moments in each route.


Tengoku Struggle -Stayside- is a fantasy-themed Otome visual novel in which sinners battle against each other for eternity. As protagonist Rini Enma, the adopted daughter of one of the Kings of the Underworld, you’ll be tasked with going on a quest to track down and recapture a group of sinners who managed to escape. With this one being an Otome visual novel, you’ll have a handful of potential romantic suitors, so you might find love along the way. How will your story unravel? Tengoku Struggle -Stayside- is out on Nintendo Switch with a $49.99 price tag.

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Disclaimer
This Tengoku Struggle -Stayside- review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Aksys Games.

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