|a game by||BlackMonkey Pro|
|Editor Rating:||7.5/10, based on 2 reviews|
|User Rating:||7.0/10 - 34 votes|
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|See also:||Eroge Download, Anime Games, Visual Novel, LGBTQ+ Games, Hentai Games, BL Games|
Anime and video games have always been really close to one another, they even have a lot in common. Just like with anime, there are video games made for every taste. And thanks to the advances in game development, it has become more and more accessible over the years. This is excellent for the Eroge game world, and there's why games like Sleepover exist. A title made directly to appeal a very specific audience, so let's check it out now.
About the game
Just like many other Eroge games, Sleepover is a visual novel based on making decisions, following dialogues and interacting with the characters. This time we're going to be playing as Kano, a guy who's been in love with his best friend and senpai Aki.
While Aki is fairly popular and active, Kano is more of the shy type of guy so confessing his feelings has been out of the question for a long time. But things are about to change for Kano, as luckily for him rainy weather will play in his favor. Kano and Aki spend the night together in a sleepover, the perfect opportunity for this young love to start a flame.
You lead the way
What makes this type of game interesting is the possibility to change the story depending on your choices. If you-re familiar with this genre you already know what we're talking about. But for the new audiences here's a quick explanation. Visual novels are, in a way, like playing a manga. You'll click through the dialogue instead of the pages while the sprites and backgrounds change depending on what's happening. Many times you'll get special screens of actions with dialogue and sometimes they are even animated.
You can select different dialogue options to choose how the main character you're controlling will respond to what's happening. That's pretty much all there is to explain about visual novels. What0s great about this genre is that it allows these micro-stories to be released as games, a few situations and art is all you need to get a nice visual novel. Some of the most popular visual novels out there are the Danganronpa series. They are a little different to point-and-click games, but they do share a lot of mechanics.
Sleepover is one of those odd cases where you can finish the game in about the same time you watch a couple of anime episodes. There's really only one situation, and it's up to you how to face it. Will you be able to get the perfect happy ending, or will you turn Kano's dream night into a nightmare?
Graphics and visuals: The visuals in this title are actually great, even though they lack animation the art is nice and clean. Good character design and a little lazy but effective setting. The overall UI of the game is good-looking too.
Gameplay: The game can be a bit frustrating because it seems to have more bad endings than anything. Miss one answer or action and Kano's night can be doomed in no time. The good thing is that you can start over and make the right choices, it won't take you too long to get it right.
Sound: The audio in this game is a pleasant surprise, as it even has its own themes with vocals and nice composition.
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
We’ve all had crushes on someone growing up. Normally when you have a crush, you tell your best friend. But what happens when your best friend is your crush? The developers at BlackMonkey Pro try their best to tell this tale in Sleepover. It’s not every day you get to play a game where the sole purpose is to watch two best friend’s fumble around their feelings for one another.
Best Friends with Benefits
The story of Sleepover is told from the perspective of Haruyuki Kano. He’s an energetic, but careless young man. You’ll see that many of his choices in the game are brash or too forthcoming. It certainly paints a picture of him as the instigator in this story, but more on that later.
Kano is on his way to meet with his best friend, Sato Hideaki (Aki), at the arcade, where they plan to play games and hang out. Opposite of Kano, Aki comes off as rigid and stoneface, but seems much more responsible. Kano loves these traits about Aki. This is evident in how Kano reacts to seeing Aki at the arcade at the very start of the game. Aki on the other hand, seems to look at Kano as a younger brother. In the arcade, he needs to remind Kano to eat as he hadn’t eaten all day. You can tell Kano really appreciates the care Aki puts into their relationship. This only strengthens his belief that there might be something more between them.
When they leave the arcade, a rainstorm quickly approaches and they find themselves stuck in it. Having no ability to get home in the storm, Aki makes the decision to sleep over Kano’s house, thus starting a chain of events that would change their relationship forever.
The gameplay of Sleepover is quite simple. Black Monkey Pro is known for creating lude, graphic novels for those who are fans. Sleepover is no different. You’ll control the choices of Kano as he navigates professing his love his best friend. Most choices that are presented to you have three levels to them. The first is what a normal person might say in that situation. The next is somewhat insinuating, but vague. The last level is a total disregard for boundaries. I’m talking choices that will make you blush, even before the lewd sex scenes at the end (if you purchased the uncensored version). It doesn’t take long for you to start realizing that Kano is sort of a creep.
One annoying thing about the choices was that some are made for you. When Aki is changing into a new pair of dry clothes after being soaked from the rain, you’re given the choice to tell Aki what to wear. Your choices are either pajamas, a jacket, or a tank top. If you choose the first two, Kano just tells you that’s not good enough. You eventually have to choose tank top, which sort of takes the whole choose-your-own adventure aspect out of the game. Outside of picking Kano’s responses and choices, there is no other signs of a playable game. Sleepover is strictly a visual novel in which you can slightly change the outcome of some situations, and greatly change some. Keep that in mind when deciding if this is worth a purchase.
One major flaw of Sleepover is the writing itself. Not only is most of it corny and obnoxiously sexual, it’s written poorly. You’ll see grammatical errors and misspelling all over while playing. It wouldn’t be so bad if this game wasn’t told through pictures and text, but that’s literally all it is. From what I’ve read, this wasn’t even a translation. The game was only released in North America, so it’s confusing as to why the writing is so poor.
It’s Raining Men
The detail that was put into the artwork is a whole other story. By far the best part of the entire game is the scenes and character models. My favorite was the arcade, where it’s almost as if the arcade machines were popping out from the background. You can tell that a lot of the effort was put into the art. After all, it is a visual novel.
If you purchase the uncensored version of the game, you’ll really get to see why they put so much effort into the art style. If you choose to hook up with Aki, you’ll be rewarded with a sex scene between two men for the ages. I’ve never seen a couple be able to manage that many positions. The best part of this scene is that to get the best ending, both Aki and Kano have to complete. Magnificent.
Sleepover is certainly not my cup of tea, but I can see how fans of BlackMonkey Pro and visual novels may enjoy playing it. The censored version may not show the climatic (heh) ending that the creators intended, but it still tries to tell a story we don’t hear often of. Just two best friends trying to figure out their love for one another. That being said, I’d have to recommend passing on this one if you have any sort of standards when it comes to playing games.
- Great artwork for the character and backgrounds
- Unique story regarding two best friend’s love for one another
- Tons of grammatical errors and misspelled words
- Writing is corny and in some cases forces you to choose an option you don’t want
- Kano comes off as a creep in some instances