29 people found this review helpful
3
Recommended
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 2.4 hrs on record
Posted: Jan 26 @ 11:52pm

At a glance
(Adult) Content
(FxM) Sexual content.
Censorship?
Mosaic'd genitalia.
Hours of Gameplay
Two or three hours.
Modding Support?
No.
Patch Available?
No, not necessary.

REINCARNATION ASURA ZALANDARA Journey of carnage and redemption is a lewd bullet hell about a cursed king and his wife that must save the world from total annihilation.

Gameplay
Dodge baddies and bullets and beat bosses. There are six stages total, each culminating to a boss fight. Each stage begins and ends with long visual novel portions. At least a third of the game is reading -- but you can choose to toggle all cutscenes before starting a stage. By collecting "Zeptomachines" (dropped by foes), you are able to upgrade your base stats and unlock new weapons. Weapons are fueled by "magic", which passively regenerates. Your regeneration can be enhanced via sexual intercourse, and when you climax all of your stats are fully restored!

Story
The Anantal Ring, a network of orbital weapons has gone haywire. Dubbed the "Black Carnage", hundreds of thousands of unmanned drones have been unleased upon the world, along with nine GigaFlameMachines (or "False God Machines"). The Black Carnage isn't just some technological hiccup; in fact, humanity is chump change in the face of what's at stake. Armed with the mysterious Spear of Mara and his devoted wife, Zarandala is the world's only hope. Like the Carnage, he and his beloved Vrinda are more than what meets the eye.

Visuals
The titlescreen is messy. There's text everywhere, and I haven't a clue what the "hukkatu" button does (which is apparently nothing). Though the art isn't "AAA", I did enjoy the overall composition; I feel as though I'm entering a dramatic RPG (which isn't far from the actual game). From "Configuration", you may adjust audio, display and resolution preferences. There is no gallery to review strictly CGs, but you are able to replay cutscenes (which may contain adult content) via "Event" (after starting the game). The English isn't well translated, but you can generally understand what's going on. Misspellings are commonplace.

- The Goods -
There are a handful of sex scenes, each comprised of dialogue and a handful of CGs. The artwork is okay, but censorship is a major buzzkill. I found the lewd artwork to be amateurish. I didn't see any major rape scenes, but there was one I remember that was abnormally gory. There are a few scenes with pregnancy, and one with childbirth. One of the core mechanics of gameplay is that you recharge magic via intercourse; however, there is only one animation to showcase this mechanic (or two if you count the pregnant variant). Overall, I found the sexual content to be underwhelming.

Verdict
Wait for a sale and updates. This game is grossly unbalanced, but I still had fun. There is no reason to fight outside of boss battles, and boss battles are stupid-easy. There are a few overpowered weapons that can be used to breeze through the game, and strategy typically boils down to "mash attack". Much of the game is reading, but the English and storytelling fall flat. Not only that, but many of the story scenes are just black backgrounds with text! But at the end of the day, REINCARNATION ASURA ZALANDARA Journey of carnage and redemption is a promising title. I think with some added features and general balance, this could become a challenging and interesting title. But until then, I'd hold off on buying this game.


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