Disclaimer: These are the observations of an inexperienced pachislo player who, attracted by the rather buxom fighters depicted in Ikki Tousen, decided to drop 900 yen (!!!) and give this game a shot without any prior pachislo knowledge.
Are you familiar with Ikki Tousen, sometimes referred to as Battle Vixens in North America? It's a well-known manga series that has spawned a number of anime spin-offs and product tie-ins. The series' main claim to fame is its shapely characters and the revealing outfits they find themselves in. The story is very loosely based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, where, instead of normal soldiers, high school girls duke it out in a turf war in the area around Tokyo. At its core, it is an action series sprinkled with plenty of oversized boobs and panty shot fan service. Take a look at the video below for a better idea:
Notice the panties? Anyway, there are plenty of people out there who just can't get enough Ikki Tousen, and now there's a new app for the Ikki Tousen fan in all of us titled Ikki Tousen: Valiant Venus. First off, I have to note that I have two fundamental problems with this app:
- It's expensive (almost 10 bucks!), and
- I have almost no idea how to play pachislo
Problem Number 1 is easy enough to overcome: you just have to pay 900 yen. For a hardcore anime fan such as myself, 900 yen is a drop in the bucket. Problem Number 2 can be fixed by reading the instructions that surely come with the app. All I've gotta do is find the instructions and...
Nope, too complicated. Not gonna happen. And so I start thinking about Google's special return policy, but unfortunately due to the enormous download the game requires, I had already passed the 15 minute window of eligibility before I even started playing. Oh well, let's make the most with what we've got then.
I don't know the ins-and-outs just yet, but since it is basically a slot machine, I figured out the basics just by tapping around the screen and trying stuff out. As you're playing, various animations are shown on the top half of the screen. Since I don't know the rules, I don't know what, if any, relationship these scenes have with what I'm doing in the game, but I can say that they are enjoyable to watch.
Such scenes as these, where our protagonists seems to be missing her pants, probably wouldn't be understood by people unfamiliar with the anime, so you're probably going to need to be both a big fan of Ikki Tousen and a big fan of pachislo in order to get the most out of this game.
If you check on Google Play for pachinko and slot machine apps, there are literally tons to choose from. From looking at Ikki Tousen: Valiant Venus, I've noticed two common points:
- It's cheaper than going to play pachinko, but still expensive
- The games are for people who already understand the rules
Because this is an official app, it features full voice acting, videos and music that may warrant the rather high price tag for true fans of both pachislo and Ikki Tousen. Others should probably think twice before dishing out 900 yen.
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Device used: HTC J ISW13HT
Last updated: 2/20/2013
Price: 900 yen
Compatibility: Android 2.2 or higher
Translation by Jason Morgan