What We Can Learn Skipping Through An Adult Visual Novel

With so many adult-themed visual novels showing up on Steam these days, it's hard to tell what's good and what's fluff. Luckily there's the skip button, condensing a game like the recently-released Sakura Agent to just over a minute and a half.

Sakura Agent is the 12th Sakura game released on Steam from developer Winged Cloud since 2014, so it's understandable that a newcomer might be confused as to what to expect. Here's the description for this one:

Akira is an agent for a secretive organisation who protects the world from threats simply known as incursions. Strange creatures from another dimension are invading his world, wreaking havoc wherever they go. With his assistant and a freshly assigned rookie to back him up, can Akira overcome a threat which may end civilisation itself?

Sounds pretty exciting! I cannot wait to see this agent fighting strange creatures from another dimension! I bet it's scary and dramatic. Let's watch. Don't worry, it's nothing too NSFW, just some suggestive scenes and some near nudity.

I think the creatures show up around the :50 mark, or at least their tentacles do. The rest is just the agent, whom we never see, chatting with the two women, who are almost all we ever see. We get a couple of choices, which don't seem to affect much, and a quick round of strip poker. Not at all what I was expecting.

If Steam is going to keep releasing obscure, slightly-porn visual novels, perhaps they need to institute a fast-forward rule. Hit the skip button, clip out any important plot points (if they exist), and give players a better idea of what to expect than this nonsense trailer.


    I've yet to find a visual novel like School Days, where it feels like I'm watching an anime and not static pictures.

    Cross Channel had that vibe for me. Also Ever 17 (nice mind fuck too.)
    Umineko doesn't have what would be considered current anime art but tells a good story.

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