When I picked up Shall We Date: Love Tangle, I had sincerely hoped that my experience with Love Tangle would be better than Demons’ Bond. If you read my articles regularly, perhaps you know that I have reviewed Shall We Date? Previously, and my opinion of it was not incredibly high. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had essentially signed up for the same experience, set in a less interesting place. Sure, Shall We Date?: Demons’ Bond was a terrible game, barely even a game if you consider being able to do things a rather important part of a game, but at least the setting was a little interesting. Without that semi-interesting setting, the game suffers even further.
Love Tangle is set in our time, making it a milquetoast version of the game I had played before, and this gaming series really can’t afford throwing anything away that could potentially make it at all more interesting. Honestly, there isn’t much else there. The dating sim genre is a weird one. The whole reason I tried the Shall We Date in the first place was to see if I could expand my horizons, try something new. What I learned, much to my chagrin is that Demons’ Bond was less a game and more a manga for my Android device. There was certainly not much in the way of gameplay and much of it were subtitled cut scenes in which your character (a dense woman with no personality) struggled to be noticed by men who seemed vaguely interested in her.
If that sounds really unappealing to you, perhaps we are kindred spirits. There were decisions that you could make, but they were too few and far between and the writing and dialogue was pure torture to try and skim through. This game, Love Tangle, follows the formula to a tee, from the boring, expressionless main character to the eye candy anorexic men that she is trying to win the affections of, in a more contemporary setting.
In all honesty, it’s extremely hard to care about this game because there were nine parts to the prologue alone and through out that whole prologue, you don’t make a single decision. You are just systematically introduced to all the hot guys that you are going to talk to in the pursuit of acquiring their attention and then going out with them.
The thing is; talking is pretty much all you do in the game. There was pages upon pages of dialogue and those are interrupted by small choices that you can make along the way. There could have been an engaging experience here if there were a little more effort put into making it into a game. The only reason I could see someone playing this is for the story and that isn’t saying much because there isn’t much of a story. The plot is as follows; “You can’t be happy without a man, now go find one.”
Is it Hardcore?
More of a digital manga with a terrible story and middling writing than a game.