Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A dungeon-crawling, turn-based, X-rated RPG aimed at gay guys, you say? Put me down for a dozen (or more) copies!

A strange thing happened to me after I played Sugar Shooter for the first time early last year: I discovered that I have at least a slight fondness for bara games.

I wish I could explain why I'm suddenly finding this type of game appealing, but I can't. The only things I can come up with are that I like the art styles that are used by the folks at companies like Dudedle Studio and Underground Campaign and that I also like combination of comedic cuteness and down-and-dirty smut that seems to serve as the centerpiece of most of this genre's titles.


Anyway, the point of this post isn't to bore you with all of the reasons why I like bara games; the point is to bring a bit of attention to a particular bara game that recently leapt onto my radar.

That game is called Ana Holic! and it's a bara RPG that's being made for Windows-based PCs by the folks at the aforementioned Underground Campaign.


Unfortunately, I have no idea when Ana Holic! will be released or where I'll purchase it once it is. (Although rainbow-shoppers.com is a likely solution to the latter problem.)

While we wait for that information to become available, though, why not spend some time with the demo that can be downloaded here? It's in Japanese, of course, but the folks at the completely-not-safe-for-work baragamer.com have you covered--thanks to their recently published FAQ--if, like me, you don't know a lick of the language.

(Via videogamesmademegay.tumblr.com)

See also: Previous posts about Dudedle Studio and/or Sugar Shooter

11 comments:

shidoshi said...

As I am not as up on my gay/fetish slang as maybe I should be, what is/is there a term for the type of super-muscular guys along the lines of those in the Ana Holic! screenshots?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hmmm, do you mean within the anime/manga community, shidoshi, or within the gay community?

In terms of the anime/manga community, the muscular guys featured in these screenshots are included in the "bara" category, which typically focuses on muscular and/or stocky and/or chubby guys with a decidedly masculine appearance (facial hair, body hair, etc.).

In the broader gay community, they'd probably be called "bears," although I'm not sure I'd agree with the designation. Most bears I know or that I'm aware of fit the fat/chubby/stocky mold rather than the muscular one.

"Muscle daddy" is another possibility, I guess.

Let me know if I'm not in any way answering your question, OK?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ack! I just realized I didn't give credit to the Video Games Made Me Gay tumblog for making me aware of this one. Just added a "via" mention to the end of the post :)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

This is something I might have to stay informed about!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ha! Well, no worries there, Justin -- I'm *definitely* going to be keeping an eye on it (and hopefully buying it after it's released), so I'll definitely keep you and everyone else who comes here informed about it :)

warp said...

I want an English version of this SO BAD!! But I guess the odds of that aren't very good, considering the market for this.

Bryan Ochalla said...

I'm guessing you're right, warp, but who knows? Maybe someone will fan-translate it at the very least. Fingers crossed!

Kevin said...

Hot. Lol. I pray to god this is localized.

Bryan Ochalla said...

I wouldn't bet on it being localized officially, Kevin, as the maker is a rather niche Japanese company. Hopefully some fan (or fans) will do the job, though.

Kaze said...

Wizardry-esque with bara art? I'm in! lol

Bryan Ochalla said...

Me, too, Kaze--even if I can't understand a word of it. Now Underground Campaign just has to release it :|