For the most part, when you find mature-themed anime fare on Steam, it’s usually a poor, flimsy game built around naked characters. Because that’s what people really play this sort of thing for, right? Not something of texture, just “Where dem boobies at?” But it’s interesting when something comes along that actually offers some bang for its buck. (Boy, the wording on that one.)
That game is Waifu Uncovered, a shooter that initially made its debut on Steam a few months back. Now it’s on Nintendo Switch. Yes, a Nintendo platform. And its theme? Strip shooting.
You don’t actually strip inside your ship, mind you. Instead, you take on enemies in the foreground while collecting gems as anime women strip down to essentially nothing in the background. At first, everything is subtly censored – but as you go on, you can unlock, um, quite a bit.
So how does Waifu Uncovered fare as far as general gameplay? Well, it really depends on what you’re going in for.
Fun Shoot Em Up Action, Though a Bit Repetitive
First off, the shooter portion of Waifu is actually pretty good. The controls aren’t flimsy, but instead quite responsive, giving you a fair chance to wipe out enemies with both bullets and a not-so-subtle superbomb. On top of that, there’s a bit of challenge in collecting gems while you avoid bullets, as you can only take so many hits before you get wiped out.
But, as expected with a game like this, it’s easy to get distracted with what’s happening in the background. The suggested ladies in the game don’t mind stripping as you make progress; and by the time the boss battle comes around, you’ll try to balance your attention between the background and the foreground.
It’s a bit on the short side – there are only so many ladies here to, ahem, uncover – but Waifu Uncovered plays its part out generally. It doesn’t set out to innovate, but instead tries to be an entertaining time. And for fans of this sort of thing, they’ll happily indulge. (For the rest of us, well, there’s Ikaruga and other more polished fare.)
An Interesting Presentation
Obviously the big draw for a game like Waifu Uncovered is the collection of anime babes. And they aren’t bad. Sure, some are a bit too suggestive, but they fit the role that they need to play here. And we’re certain a few of you out there will pick and choose your favorites.
The enemy design could use some work, tho. They’re bland for the most part, with the same types of foes trying to take you down. This includes spinny angry thing, as well as floating cats that have a grudge against you for some reason. More imagination (maybe dudes trying to prevent you from seeing the girls?) would’ve fared better here.
But, surprisingly enough, the audio is great. Along with ladies’ voices to, ahem, prompt you to keep going (“NICE!”), there’s also some excellent music, perfect for listening to on headphones. Yes, a game like this can actually have great audio to go along with its suggestive visuals.
Nice For the Price, If You’re In the Mood For It
The final big selling point for Waifu Uncovered is how much it is. It only goes for $6.99, which is far more suitable than most big-budget fare. And it doesn’t take up much download space either. But just make sure you know what you’re getting into here. It’s very adult oriented and doesn’t hold back. Even the bosses make suggestive comments.
Waifu isn’t a game for everyone, and there are some that might even balk at the fact it exists in the first place. But, as short and, ahem, suggestive as it is, it has more value than most adult-themed fare out there, especially with its collection of women and modes. (We’re not even sure how to approach “one handed mode” without snickering.) It’s fun to play, and the difficulty ramps up in just the right way. So if you’re into this sort of thing, it wouldn’t hurt to add it to your library. Relax, we won’t tell your mother. (Well, maybe Eddie’s.)
It doesn’t revolutionize the shooting genre, but Waifu Uncovered has much more going for it than the usual adult-oriented fare.
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