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Not Recommended
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 25.7 hrs on record (25.0 hrs at review time)
Posted: Apr 6, 2023 @ 12:20am

Early Access Review
Adult Content?
(FxM) Sexual content.
No. Woot! Woot!
Hours of Gameplay
Seven or eight hours?
Patch Available?
Not necessary.

Breeders of the Nephelym: Alpha is a lewd open-world breeding game about “nephelym”, an enigmatic collective of human-monster hybrids eager to breed to will.

As the newest breeder in Lyrcea, you are tasked with breeding as many “nephelym” as possible. Lyrcea is home to fourteen different species, all of whom eager to breed at will.

It doesn’t take a lot of convincing to bring them home, but if you want to travel beyond “Lustwood” you’ll need to (un)buckle down and fulfil breeding requests for the residents of Lyrcea!

Sexual Content
The animation is alright, but monotony and lack of player agency hose the experience. The animations get old — I can’t imagine completing the game “as intended” by soliciting sex hundreds, if not thousands of times with what little animations are available.

It’s worth mentioning there are no children or birthing animations in this game. If you’re interested in watching nephelym “grow up” or oviposition, you’re going to be disappointed. I don’t imagine DerelictHelmsman has any plans on adding either to the game.

Breeders of the Nephelym: Alpha is a cool concept, but it’s not worth the grind or frustration (even if it’s free). If you don’t follow a guide from start to finish, the slog that’s running back and forth and catching unwanted nephelym is unbearable. It’s fun to mix, match, and min-max captured nephelym. . . but once you’ve no doubt seen all of the non-interactive sexual content, reskinned “monster-human hybrids” lose their luster before completing the game. Breeders of the Nephelym: Alpha is a chore which burned me out several times during the making of this article.

But as the name suggests, Breeders of the Nephelym: Alpha is early in development. The game is positively worth keeping an eye on — but save yourself from frustration and come back when the game is renamed to “Breeders of the Nephelym: Beta“.

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DatWombat Apr 7, 2023 @ 11:22pm 
Heck yeah, at its core it's an awesome title! Every time I look at the score I assigned (2/5) I go "wait a minute, that can't be right!"

I think positions, sexual activities, voices and orgasms were all on my list somewhere. I don't remember complaining about males not making sounds. . . but to be honest, I found myself really rushing through the game after what, fifteen hours of grinding?

I think this game is so close to being an easy recommendation for me, but it's held back by silly things.
Blkzhid Apr 7, 2023 @ 11:03pm 
I generally like the core loop of the game, but it needs more positions and sexual activities, especially while capturing, and it desperately needs more vocal variety. Every single Nephalym has the same voice, maybe slightly modulated in pitch, and every moan and (too quiet) orgasm is exactly the same. And no male voices at all, which I guess makes sense since the dev was apparently hard-pressed to add males at all.

I'd absolutely buy this if it got fleshed-out a bit.
DatWombat Apr 6, 2023 @ 8:00am 
I know, it's been a minute since the game has seen any content on Steam (Patreon may differ). From what I gather, production has halted due to extraneous circumstances.

I know I was a little harsh given the circumstances and "early access" tag, but by golly did this game burn me out. When the development returns, I think the full length article I posted is a fair assessment of what bothered me.

I've been trying to be more critical games as of recent.
Blood Apr 6, 2023 @ 2:22am 
I would like to note that this game is in early access and the last patch that changed anything in game was over a year ago.