42 people found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 15.2 hrs on record (4.1 hrs at review time)
Posted: Apr 27, 2023 @ 10:30pm
Updated: Apr 28, 2023 @ 1:29am
Product received for free

Adult Content?
(FxM) Sexual content.
No. Woot! Woot!
Hours of Gameplay
TBD, at least four.
Patch Available?
From the developers.

Light and Shadow - Doppelganger is a lewd RPG that follows two different stories; one in which Nora becomes a paladin, a paragon of good; and another in which she embraces darkness as an assassin.

Thus far, Light and Shadow - Doppelganger is a typical RPGMaker experience with light puzzle and stealth elements. The game is quite easy, even on "normal" difficult with only the slightest grinding. Though too easy for my tastes, it's a nice entry point for newcomers of lewd RPGs and a wonderful break from Kagura Games' grind fests.

While the "good" path offers more "hack and slash" gameplay RPGMaker titles are known for, the "bad" path does offer stealth sections. . . but it kind of doesn't. Regardless of path, players should expect to perform some grinding, accept quests and fight, fight fight. Don't be deceived by anyone that suggests stealth is a meaningful gameplay component.

Sexual Content
To note, this title does emphasize non-consensual intercourse with "watersports" and uh, just remember the characters are eighteen because the game said so!!! Players disinterested in. . . young characters will certainly prefer the bustier "paladin" playthrough.

The artwork is decent, although it falls shy of "professional" -- it more closely resembles a series of "commissions" than premium content. Sex-scenes are unfortunately repeated a lot, but as long as you actively pursue progressing the story repeat content isn't such an issue. There's only one caveat; you need to lose, lose lose (which is easier said than done when combat is a cakewalk).

Something I love about the artwork is the inclusion of backgrounds, which places the gallery in this game leagues above most lewd RPGs.

I'll be honest, I've barely sunk my teeth into this game. I suspect I'm no more than a third of the way through my first playthrough, and that's just for the "Assassin" story arc! I am currently writing a full length article on this game, but it's a little harder to write about than a typical RPG.

With that out of the way, I'm having fun! Once again, the combat and puzzles are very easy. I find myself holding the "enter" key most of the time, and the puzzles are seldom rewarding. As an RPG, Light and Shadow - Doppelganger is "meh", but I love the novelty of multiple story arcs. The sexual content could be better implemented, but it's a niche combination of content seldom seen on Steam (and uncensored!)

Once again, full review incoming, these are just my initial thoughts.

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ABC May 24, 2023 @ 4:05pm 
Thank you for what you do. I like your reviews. I find them informative and reasonably enjoyable. :-)
Cyberweasel89 Apr 29, 2023 @ 5:12pm 
What I genuinely adore about your reviews, aside from them just being well-written, is how you judge the game as both porn AND a genuine video game, and how you make clear what is your personal taste or not. I don't believe in "absolute objective reviews," but I still like when a reviewer can judge a product from another viewpoint outside their own tastes while still judging it on their own tastes. The way you can say "not my taste, but I can see how it'd be fun for the people who'd be into it" is something I strive for when I share my view on things. The fact you can do that, and the fact I need an H-game to be both good porn AND good gameplay, and because your reviews are entertainingly written... That's three reasons why you're def my fav H-game reviewer by far! And I don't say that lightly, either.
DatWombat Apr 28, 2023 @ 11:02am 
Hahh, thanks!
I've been trying to get back into the swing of writing, and lewd RPGs really get my creative juices going!
Cyberweasel89 Apr 28, 2023 @ 10:22am 
Hey, dude. I just wanna say, you're legit my favorite H-game reviewer. Every time a new one drops on Steam, I rush to the review section to see if there's one from you. You're awesome!
Rah Apr 28, 2023 @ 3:56am 
Yeah, I wasn't referring to the quality of the narration itself, merely that of the localization. Thanks for the clarification on the matter.
DatWombat Apr 28, 2023 @ 1:48am 
I think defeat-based content is a great supplement, especially when pared with mechanics that reward defeat. . . but on it's own, I agree it's a weak method of adding sexual content.

I haven't had a chance to scrutinize my footage, but the UI is lacking. Fortunately, the dialogue translation is quite alright. Maybe not "native speaker" quality, but I recall it's perfectly serviceable. The believability of writing is a different topic altogether
Rah Apr 28, 2023 @ 1:41am 
Damn, I was afraid that was the case. I'm not a fan of defeat based progression or events. Shame it ain't slow corruption. Thanks for your reply. Btw, is the translation legit or is it machine poetry?
DatWombat Apr 28, 2023 @ 1:30am 
Most defeat scenes. There's some prostitution and groping, but the vast, vast majority of the gallery is tied to losing battles, quests, or picking "bad" routes.
Rah Apr 28, 2023 @ 1:01am 
Can you tell me specifically what kind of sexual progression does this game feature? Is it corruption, defeat scenes, or is the heroine 'open for business' from the start?