Bought into Romance?!?! – Kissed by the Baddest Bidder – New Otome Game Review
Finally I’m out of the hectic School semester! I’m really sorry for not posting the requests right way but I had already started this post already, so don’t fret! I’m not ignoring you guys! I’m just behind! Its been a really REALLY rough few months. I promise to try to not neglect this too much because I’m always ITCHING to write more for you guys and GUSH about these beautiful bishies and wonderful stories. The uniqueness of this game really pulled me in! It’s like a cross between “Love letter from Thief X” and “Seduced in the Sleepless City” jacked up with more adventure. Here’s the Opening Movie.
Price and Layout: Kissed by the Baddest Bidder is Free on the iTunes store and Google play. All the stories go by the standard voltage prices: $3.99CAD for main stories and sequels, $1.99CAD for Epilogues and $2.99CAD for Side Stories. This is in the newest style user interface which I like more than the second generation style. I find that these more recent games have more detail in their art as well. Every story (including all the epilogues and sequels) available to read the first chapter for free which is great. Similar to the Second generation, the story auto saves at the end of each chapter. Also similar to the First generation voltage interface there is a section where you can view all the images conveniently without having to scour through the characters chapter section. I’m glad they brought this feature back, I didn’t like searching for images. The only thing I find annoying is the sidebar that appears when you tap your finger too close to the right edge. It is the most convenient place for me personally to click to advance in the story without cramping my hand so it is a bit of a problem when I end up opening the side bar all the time.
Music: I love the music so much that I’ve downloaded the soundtrack and have been listening to it non stop ever since the game came out! Voltage has definitely upped its game with all the brand new releases. In this particular game the Jazzy style upbeat music really suits the casino and dangerous adventure vibes and coupled with the beautiful jazzy piano it makes a soundtrack that is good enough to even be used for mainstream TV. This definitely helped make game play more exciting and more emotional. The songs are so catchy that I cannot stop listening to them!
Characters/Art: Again Voltage has outdone itself bringing us such beautiful characters and wonderful art. They’ve stepped up their game even with the loading screens, and User interface. The characters in this game actually each remind me of the Japanese F4 from the J-Drama. Each of the Characters Sprites are drawn really well as usual and although it still hits the character standards that voltage sets in each game -The Tsundere, the ladies man, the Cold Quiet awkward one, the young mischievous one and the older one – I find that each character has a refreshing look (especially Mamoru! OH MAN, he looks so delicious!) and also have a very unique part to their personality.
Eisuke Ichinomya: Owner of the Casino Hotel Tres Spades. Personality-wise He’s the KING OF RUDENESS. Totally reminds me of an Older version of Tsukasa from F4 just not so stupidly clumsy. He’s got a mischievous side to him which is really exciting and refreshing. He’s not to mention HOT. He kind of reminds me of Kakeru from “10 days with my Devil” except the drawings are much better in this game. Every single one of his sprites is amazing ESPECIALLY the one with the mischievous smile.
Soryu Oh: Mafia Boss. Personality wise he’s cold and cruel and very strict. Personally at first glance he really isn’t my type, he wears his hair down sometimes which is REALLY sexy though. And he really grew on me. Especially with his hair down he reminds me of Li-Ren from Hanasakeru Sheishounen, just a little – but enough to make me gush.
Mitsunari Baba: Thief – The Modern Day Lupin! My FAVOURITE of the characters since the prologue. Personality totally reminds me of Tsukasa from F4 however his appearance looks like the Ji-Hoo Yoon from the Korean F4. He is a Cassanova, womanizer and is dangerously charming. His charming smile, devious eyes and his long hair drive me absolutely crazy. Everything about Baba is my type of man, At least in these types of games. Every single one of his sprites make me swoon like crazy.
Ota Kisaki: Famous Artist. The younger mischievous sexy blonde who reminds me a lot of Sojiro from F4. He likes to have fun and cause trouble especially together with Eisuke. He is friendly to a certain extent although he is very good at putting up a poker face and conning people with his charm. His looks remind me of Syo Kurusu from “Uta No prince Sama” but older and much taller. I imagine him to be talking with a similar voice as Hiro Shimono as well.
Mamoru Kishi: Scetchy Detective! I am so impatiently waiting for Mamoru’s route. His appearance reminds me of an older more rugged Tsukasa from F4. All I really know about him is that he smokes (yuck) and he acts like he is super lazy all the time, although I have a feeling that it’s just all an act. I really love his short curly Tsukasa style hair and his goatee is really sexy. His sprite is really cute especially when he smiles and weird enough looks away when he’s bored. Girls ya’ll know what I’m talking about when an asian guy can pull off the facial hair.
PLOT AND STORY:As of now I’ve been able to do all the Available stories as of today, which include the Main Story, epilogue, and Sequel of Eisuke Ichinomiya, Soryu Oh, and Mitsunari Baba. As always I will be doing reviews (when I get the chance) of each separate route. So, I’m just going to talk about the writing in general in this game. Just like in all the brand new Games such as, “My Two Bedroom Romance” and the latest release “Serendipity Next Door“ Each main story is a standard of 12 Episodes, with an additional Happy and Good ending. The Epilogues are as all voltage games 3 episodes with one picture, and the Sequels are 7 episodes long, with the 8th being split either into a Happy ending or Good ending.
With me having played many voltage games, it does seem like as the newer stories come out they have less episodes, with some of the older voltage games having sometimes up to 16 chapters in the main stories and most older voltage games having 10 chapters in the Sequels. However, as I read them I fell like the writing and story has not taken a toll at all by the “shorter stories”. I don’t usually time myself because I most if the time end up playing during random times of the day, but I feel that to make up for the lack of chapters each episode is a lot longer then the older voltage games. This feels true especially when I have to fast forward though a chapter when I need to catch up to where I’ve stopped if I haven’t stopped at a save point in the game.
Each Story is very rich and deep with amazing plot and I have not been once bored at any point in this game. I don’t feel like the plot is rushed either being constrained within a 12 Episode frame and I also feel like it goes along with a very good pace, where it is always stays exciting. I really enjoy these Slice of danger comedies that Voltage comes up with and honestly with every Release they seem to get better and better. And I really like how unique the concept of this game is.
By the Way I’ve Already started replaying these Routes over again, And doing so So soon after I’ve played them last already lets you know that these stories are worth their weight in gold.