Visual novel review: Koihime † Musou
Koihime † Musou ~Doki ☆ Otome Darake no Sangokushi Engi~ is a visual novel set in the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history.
Kazuto is the protagonist of Koihime Musou, after a confrontation with a stranger late at night, he finds himself in the time of the three kingdoms. He soon gets mistaken to be a messenger from heaven, who is said to be capable of bringing peace to China. Kazuto accepts this role, and does his best to do what is expected of him.
Koihime Musou has a sizable cast of characters, with over 20 heroines involved in h-scenes. After each section of the main story, a section called the Home Base Phase occurs where you can choose which character events are shown.
You get to choose to see up to two events from the main three heroines, and up to three events from the other characters. While this doesn’t actually change the story in any way, it helps that you can choose the events for the characters that interest you more.
The voice actors do an excellent job on all the characters, most of the characters are funny or interesting which helps since most of the game is character events rather than story.
The battles in Koihime Musou are in the form of a mini-game, where you choose the troop composition, formation and attack type to defeat the enemy. It isn’t a very good system, but fortunately it isn’t very difficult, and if you fail you get to retry with an increased amount of troops.
It can get frustrating if you find out you guessed incorrectly on how to win the battle and will end up losing, but spam clicking to lose as fast as possible so you can try again isn’t too much effort.
Koihime Musou has more h-scenes than most visual novels I’ve played before, there are 3-5 sex scenes for most of the characters. There wasn’t really anything wrong with any of them that I can remember, except for maybe a few sex scenes dragged out longer than they needed to. It helps that there are a wide range of heroines so there is likely something that would appeal to everyone. Although there are certain scenes where a girl spontaneously grows a penis, which was rather weird.
I thought it was an interesting game for the most part, there was more sexual content than I’d usually prefer but the varied characters keeps the story interesting throughout. I’d probably recommend the game to people who want a visual novel with more sexual content than usual but still want a decent story. I also thought some of the ideas presented near the end relating to literature and fan-fictions were pretty interesting.
- Lots of characters
- Good voice acting
- Hikaru voicing a villain character was cool
- Characters based on real people
- Satisfying ending
- Story was weak in places
- I didn’t like how the loli heroine was handled
- Annoying battle system