A Slapdash Enigma
The accessibility of the Unity game engine and its asset store is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, Unity’s accessibility makes it easier for developers to create games. The Unity Asset Store helps by selling developers bases that they can build upon. On the other hand, developers abuse this by quickly cobbling together low-effort games with barely-altered purchased assets. Games pundit Jim Stephanie Sterling coined the term “asset flip” to describe such games. Anime Pregnant Mother Simulator: Family Life is one example of this. The circumstances of this family life simulator’s conception are quite a quandary, however.
The developer OneLoft Games is something of a mystery. Information about the developer is spotty and it’s difficult to find their exact address. OneLoft Games doesn’t even seem to have a website, but it appears to be connected with ZeroLoft Games. Of course, ZeroLoft Games’ website lacks much information and uses of stock photographs and Lorem Ispum as filler. The broken English that the game uses seems to suggest that they aren’t native speakers. They also don’t seem to respect copyrights, as they use characters like Marie from Disney’s Aristocats (1970) with abandon. These factors suggest that the developer might hail from a country with laxer copyright enforcement.
Eerily Familiar Stuff
One may recognize the character models from the infamous Yandere Simulator, as both games use models from Game Asset Studio. This family sim specifically uses the “Aoi” and “Taichi” character models for most of the people in the game. The result is that the world is largely populated with clones. Everything else is a weird mishmash of assets with no aesthetic consistency (including models stolen from Pokémon Sword & Shield.) As bad as Yandere Simulator is, at least that game has visual cohesion and distinguishable characters. Anime Pregnant Mother Simulator: Family Life, in contrast, is a visual dumpster fire.
One plays as the absurdly youthful parents whose character models are intended to be high school students. Gameplay includes menial tasks such as cooking, going for walks, bringing the older child to school, etc. Completing tasks rewards players with coins to buy cosmetic options and pets. Unfortunately, the cosmetic options are meager and the pets don’t really do much but occasionally follow the player around. Outside of the hospital visits, the mother’s pregnancy doesn’t factor all that much into the gameplay. This is all while “Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” by Kevin McLeod (a composer whose work is royalty-free) plays on a loop.
Lacking Quality Control
One sometimes wonders where the quality control is on these platforms. Everything about Anime Pregnant Mother Simulator: Family Life is terrible. The characters move quite slowly, the animations are low-effort and the controls are awkward—especially the driving controls. It doesn’t help that the physics are wonky and the game breaks fairly frequently. For example, one can expect needing to restart a level because the car lodged itself into a building in this game. Changing characters’ clothes in certain levels can break the camera, causing it to stop following the player. The doubling of player models is another common problem.
The ads in Anime Pregnant Mother Simulator: Family Life are relentless. Not only does it have ads in between every level, but one must watch an ad to access the pause menu. There are even banner ads constantly appear on the top of the screen. One can pay to remove the ads and unlock everything, but doing so isn’t worth it. This game exploits children’s curiosity about pregnancy for easy money. Children should stick with playing house, and adults should play games like The Sims or any other game for that matter.
Is It Hardcore?
Anime Pregnant Mother Simulator: Family Life is a lazily-constructed mess. The gameplay is mindless, slow and tedious. The game is prone to breaking and uses stolen content. Poking fun at its poor quality is the only fun one can derive from this terrible game. Do not play this game.