Time for Romance and some Zombie Slaying.
A mysterious undead plague creating zombies mixed in with a reverse harem, what could go wrong? Time of the Dead: Fantasy Romance Thriller Otome is a fantasy romance simulation game allowing players to control their character’s responses while navigating a perceived zombie outbreak and an unforeseen romance. Set during the late eighteenth-century Korea, your character must unearth the origin of a deadly virus through text-based choices.
Drawing Fiction from Fact
Time of the Dead pulls its story from historical events taking place in Korea during the Joseon Dynasty. A strange illness swept through Korea, killing ten thousand people in just around ten days in Hanyang (present-day Seoul). This real-life event lands as the backdrop and setting for Time of the Dead. The story allows you to step into a piece of history with a fantasy twist.
The journey begins with the young female protagonist thrust into the clutches of vicious creatures. She is accompanied by five young men, who band together to solve the perils of the disease and save Hanyang. The story’s dire
ction is dependent on the choices made during the text-branching narrative. Time of the Dead, created by StoryTaco Inc, focuses on the blossoming relationships and potential romance between the protagonist and her cohorts.
Zombie Virus, Lost Villages, and Love Of Course
Finding true love during a zombie apocalypse has never been easier. The game has soft music that plays throughout the game, feeding into the romantic tones of each character’s encounter. The purpose of the game is to choo
se the options that lead closer to the romantic affections of your chosen guy.
The music is representative of mood. Soft music plays during intimate moments, and exciting, fast-paced beats let you know danger is approaching. Optionally, vibrations add to the intensity, catching the player off guard
during swift zombie attacks or shouting between characters. However, the story can drag a bit with so many ads woven into the gameplay. The animation is beautifully crafted, but there aren’t many scene changes. Many seem to repeat themselves as the story progresses. You earn hints that allow you to choose the gift each character is hoping to receive, raising your affection points.
Much of the game is spent chasing after the character of your choosing and understanding the deadly virus plaguing Hanyang. Aiding your venture are hints, gifts and gems. Gems are used similarly to the hints option, providing players with hints for wooing their current sim character crush. Unfortunately, these don’t come easy, nor do they come for free.
The Good, The Bad and The Zombies
The story premise flows like you’re starring in your own movie. There is plenty of drama and storylines to keep players entertained.
Depending on which character players wish to chase after, the personal story evolves. The underlying zombie arc does at times feel like it’s on the backburner for romance and friendship. To obtain the ideal relationship, players will find it hard to do without the addition of hints, gifts, coins and gems. These items can all be obtained without the cost of actual dollars but with your time instead. The ads can slow down the game and almost become a distraction. Still, with perseverance, it’s not difficult to advance through the story.
In the End, it was all for Love
Overall, Time of the Dead plays well to a completed story. The zombies are an exciting twist, but the game centers on the protagonist and your choice of suitor. Similar to other text-branching games, the game is what you make of it. There are some unavoidable purchases, whether it’s time or money. Still, the visuals are gorgeous, and the storyline has lots of twists to keep players tapping along to the next episode. Available on Google Play.
Is it Hardcore?
While Time of the Dead isn’t exactly action-packed, it’s still fun and romantic.