Re;Lord 1 ~The witch of Herfort and stuffed animals~ – PC Review

Genre: Adventure, Casual, Indie, RPG
Developer: Escu:de
Publisher: Sekai Project
Release Date: Mar 10, 2018
Edited by KnightAvenger

Re;Lord 1 is the first part of a series of visual novel RPGs localized by Sekai Project in which you play as Wilfried Heisenburg, trying to free his region from control of the witches that recently conquered it.

The story of the first game basically consists of the protagonist chasing down the first witch, Erika, trying to defeat her and take back the city of Herford she overtook, back for his Empire. He does this with the help of his friend turned fairy, Ria, and later on with some other companions.

When the witches arrived, they surprised the Demon Empire and the three of them singlehandedly overtook an entire region of the Empire. Due to losing their old fire and zeal (and dictatorship) a while back, plus with the witches using magic (which hasn’t been used in a long time) to turn everyone into small and cute beings such as living stuffed animals or fairies, the main authorities of the Empire quickly surrendered to them, but Wilfried managed to get away and is now trying to start a rebellion.

The story is kinda interesting for how short the game is. It’s well told through perspectives of a couple key characters at different times but mainly focused on Wilfried. It is both comedic and serious at different times, and the characters are fun and quirky but not overly so. Aside from a number of misspellings and outright repeating of some sentences, the localization was also done well.

One possible issue I may have with it is the politics, which are pretty heavily featured in the game. The protagonist, Wilfried, is a fascist. That much is abundantly clear from his many speeches and even an achievement literally called “Right-Wing Nationalist.” He is also dismayed at the current state of his country, the Empire, which has embraced democracy and diplomacy from the Human world, whereas he wishes the country to return to the old days of a dictatorship and open oppression, as is the Demon custom. On one hand, his politics are certainly in line with what you would expect a stereotypical demon to be. At the same time, while his politics are sometimes played for laughs, I noticed quite a few moments where his “ideals” are being given some serious consideration. This may be due to the fact that the game is told from his perspective and his friends are politically somewhat close to him or whatever, but there didn’t seem to be anyone to give any actual rebuttals to anything. It may be fine, as the game is meant to be shown from a perspective of a demon, so there doesn’t necessarily need to be any ideological counterbalance to it. However, it would be nice if, in one of the other games in the series, there is someone to stand in as a proper ideological opposition, maybe in the form of a communist or something.

Aside from the game’s politics, all the sex scenes are rapes, as is, once again, befitting a demon. Although there aren’t many scenes in the first game, they are written competently enough and voice acted out extremely well, with good CGI.

Voice acting is, aside from sex scenes, also very good in general. The same goes for visual aesthetic; it’s all consistent and looks great. The character designs are inspired and interesting, as they should be for the kind of combat this game has, which I’ll get to soon. If anything, I wish there were more of them and more varied CGs, but considering the game is only the first part of a series and is rather short, it can’t really be helped.

The gameplay, aside from the usual VN fare, consists of putting down differently shaped tiles on the map to form a path for your protagonist to go to the next objective, in a somewhat Tetris-like style. As you place the blocks down, sometimes they will overlap an icon that will lead into either a main story event told in an ADV style, or a side story event done with the same style, a fight, or a chest with more blocks. The combat works by clicking and moving the mouse over the enemies in certain patterns to damage them with either wind or fire sorcery, in real time. The basic fights have the enemies placed in a row and attacking you every now and then, which you can defend against. The boss fights against Erika or her attendant have the enemy girl take the entire screen. Depending on which piece of clothing you activate and attack, it will damage that particular piece of clothing with the goal of destroying specific articles of clothing in order to defeat the fighting spirit of the girl to be able to take advantage of her afterwards. As you can tell, sex scenes act as a sort of reward for defeating the boss of the specific chapter and there are three chapters in total.

All in all, the start of the series is pretty good, even with the questionable politics, and I personally do look forward to the other parts getting localized although they are already out in Japan, so if you speak Japanese, you don’t have to wait. For those of us who don’t, however, the game is $19.99 (USD) on Denpasoft. For how short it is and being only the first part of a series, I don’t think I would recommend it at full price, but I do certainly recommend buying it if it goes on sale.

Pros:

  • Looks nice
  • Character designs are great
  • Great voice acting
  • Story is interesting
  • Characters are likable, even the protagonist

Cons:

  • Questionable politics
  • Typos and repeats of lines
  • Rather short for the price

Faris gives Re;Lord 1 ~The witch of Herfort and stuffed animals~ a Drastik Measure of 7.8 out of 10 (78).

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