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Otaku's Adventure mobile review - "A truly bizarre love triangle"

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Otaku's Adventure mobile review - "A truly bizarre love triangle"

When you're on a quest for something as noble as love, you'll stop at nothing to achieve what you want - and in the case of Otaku's Adventure, that includes jumping through a TV connected to a retro console, journeying to the centre of the earth, or turning into a pile of goo on an alien planet. If that sounds at all bizarre to you, there's more where that came from in this dating sim-slash-visual novel - but are all these quirks endearing, or are they simply too out-of-this-world?

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You begin your journey in Otaku's Adventure as a lonely guy whose singular goal in life is to find love and live happily ever after. A self-professed "otaku", the main protagonist (bearing the name you give him) is a socially awkward geek who's never had a girlfriend before, and you'll start the day eager to meet up with this lady you met online the night before.

Of course, all this is a recipe for disaster, as the date - if it can even be called one - doesn't turn out the way you planned. What ensues is a series of fortunate - or unfortunate - circumstances that range from getting sucked into an RPG to saving the world from an apocalyptic meteor.

The beauty of this bizarre tale is the fact that there are even more bizarre endings you can unlock depending on the choices you make. Even something as simple as what to buy with your measly money at the very beginning of the game can have a tremendous impact on how your story will turn out. In that sense, the replayability here is simply off the charts, which is a delight given how entertaining each branch of narrative can be.


Like other point-and-click games, Otaku's Adventure lets you tap on various elements in a scene to discover more about the world around you. You can typically open cabinets, input number combinations, and combine items you grab in your inventory. These puzzles are nothing too challenging, nor are they anything too ridiculous. But given the nature of the game, there are tons of things that will only make sense when you've got a sense of humour - with that in mind, even the most illogical things can seem perfectly logical at the time.

Tapping away at everything in sight during trial-and-error is a delight in itself thanks to the vibrant visuals of the game. The comic book-style art makes you feel like you're inside an actual manga, and the cutesy characters go hand-in-hand with the lighthearted nature of the game. There were a bunch of laugh-out-loud moments that came out of nowhere for me, like the Narrator character breaking the fourth wall and the many, many Easter eggs and pop culture references in the dialogue.

Spoofs and goofs aside, the Narrator does make a strong point about saving often - you can't rely on the autosave function alone here, as each decision you make may lead you to a branching outcome without you even realising it. There are more than 35 different endings, after all.


My favourite route among Waifu, Gohard, and (´?ω?') is definitely Gohard's mainly because I could relate to the gamer geeks and comic book references during the convention. It's a wacky and whimsical ride that makes absolutely no sense, but I really can't say much more about it without spoiling anything.

To be honest, the personalities of the three female leads - and the male protagonist himself - are nothing to write home about, as they're mostly just templates of your average anime stereotypes. It's the gameplay and presentation that really entertained me - littered throughout the title are mini-games that depend on which route you're on. For instance, Waifu's route has a bunch of hilarious target shooting mini-games while (´?ω?') 's route thrusts you into random turn-based battles in an isekai adventure.

The game also applies that classic point-and-click feature of you dying over the most ridiculous things and then it's instantly game over. While the visuals and lighthearted theme of the game can lull you into a false sense of security, you can't let your guard down as one wrong decision might end the game for you.

There were times, however, when I felt like things were becoming a little too repetitive, and often a little frustrating especially if you can't beat certain mini-games to progress through the game. Also, while the possibilities of those 35 different endings do sound appealing, I didn't feel compelled to unlock all of them after I already got the endings I wanted.

Still, Otaku's Adventure is a fun albeit bizarre title that almost feels like three separate games at times. It's not the most intellectually stimulating point-and-click game out there, but it's a great time-waster for when you're up for a bunch of enjoyable nonsense on your mobile device.

Otaku's Adventure mobile review - "A truly bizarre love triangle"

Otaku's Adventure is a visual novel-slash-dating sim with point-and-click gameplay and multiple endings. It features vibrant visuals and a lighthearted storyline that may not make sense at times, but can still guarantee a good time when you're in the mood to turn off your brain.
Catherine Dellosa
Catherine Dellosa
Catherine plays video games for a living and writes because she’s in love with words. Her Young Adult contemporary novel, For The Win: The Not-So-Epic Quest Of A Non-Playable Character, is her third book published by Penguin Random House SEA - a poignant love letter to gamer geeks, mythological creatures, teenage heartbreak, and everything in between. She one day hopes to soar the skies as a superhero, but for now, she strongly believes in saving lives through her works in fiction. Check out her books at, or follow her on FB/IG/Twitter at @thenoobwife.