Commander Babes - Review

September 26, 2019

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First of all, this kinetic visual novel is an adult nukige that contains NSFW scenes and dialogue throughout the game.

 

Commander Babes by Norn/Miel/Cybele and Cherry Kiss Games, features a male college student Jun who was cleaning up the dean's office with his childhood friend and classmate Yui, when they broke a vase by accident. Yui ran away and Jun was left alone to clean up the mess. When the vase was broken, two beautiful female warlords from the Sengoku Period, Shingen Takeda and Kenshin Uesugi emerged from the vase. After learning that their clans have been wiped out a few hundred years ago, they decided to have Jun impregnate them so they can have children and revive their respective clans.

 

 

As a nukige, it eschews plot and storyline for hentai artwork and voice acting. In these two aspects, the artwork sprites and CGs are generally good and the voice acting is also good, especially when the voice actress for Shingen Takeda has to yell commands during the Cavalry Battle to give additional variety to the story besides the usual teasing, seducing, and moaning in typical harem romantic comedies and nukiges. In a surprising twist to the usual nukige, this game also features two historical figures in feudal Japan where some parts seem far-fetched, while others seem to make sense such as Shingen Takeda being a keen and fast learner as a former strategist and battlefield commander, and Kenshin Uesugi being more solitary in nature as a former monk.

 

There are a few cons. First, this game is rather limited in the storyline, plot, normal CGs, and background music variety. There are plenty of plot holes, inconsistencies and ludicrous storytelling throughout the story. Some of these examples are:

 

1. Shingen Takeda and Kenshin Uesugi's decision to have children with Jun right in the beginning after they emerge from the vase. 

2. After finding themselves in modern day Japan with no knowledge of what happened to them, they  completely believe absolutely everything Jun tells them about their clan being wiped out centuries ago.
3. How they were stored away inside the vase for hundreds of years was never explained.
4. Deciding to have children and yet going for other forms of sex.

 

There are also a number of translation errors throughout the game although the storyline is still understandable.

 

 

The limited number of CGs and background music also means there are only two normal CGs that the player can upload on Steam Cloud without potentially getting flagged by others for uploading inappropriate content.  The same background music tends to also repeat after a few scenes or so.

 

Lastly, the price may be a bit high at over $10.  There is only one choice in the game which affects one CG, plus being a kinetic visual novel, it can be completed within 5 hours.

 

Overall, Commander Babes isn't really considered a harem romantic comedy or college life drama visual novel, as it is more about showcasing fap material since every scene and every lesson always ends up in a hentai scene one way or another. At the same time, there are still a few laughs in this game as a parody on two famous historical characters in Japan. I bought this game because I have played Norn/Miel/Cybele's earlier game Delicious! Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire and some of the characters are interesting and attractive enough that I'd try out a few and support the publisher and translator. For those who are fine with adult nukiges, don't mind the various flaws in this game, wait until this game is discounted to a price that is more proportional to the playing time before buying it.

 

Initial gameplay video with author narration and commentary on YouTube by CherryBoy

 

 

Steam store page (Contain NSFW content)

 

JAST USA game page (Contain NSFW content)

 

Nutaku game page (Contain NSFW content)

 

FAKKU! game page (Contain NSFW content)

 

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