Let's Plays and Reviews
ou ever found that gay college romance you've always wanted? Ever wondered what it's like to fall in love with your best friend? Well, I got that in Coming Out On Top, a game by Obscurasoft. That's... #COOT. This was the very best dating sim and visual novel I've ever had thus far, and I felt this game should get a review along with a playlist of my Let's Play.
Coming Out On Top, gay college romance at its finest!
But TL;DR, this game was the best for me because I was so caught up into the moment, of my first playing it, and I fell in love with my character without feeling they were overpowered or a Mary Sue; they were just caught in opportune moments that I could relate with, because it was like living through my life again. And thus I could say this with some compassion: the IAN Route felt so real.
My connection to the route hit close to the heart, and the humor definitely helped. Now to offer my reviews on different aspects of the game I noticed.
Graphics / ArT (Rating 8/10)
The art is absolutely gorgeous and mostly anatomically correct (I noticed a few scenes but I wasn't too sure. May have to re-watch it.). The guys and the protagonist are gorgeous and I liked how they added variety to the character design. The simplicity of the files also allowed it to be run in weaker game systems (like mine). The art and mild animations were just right for me.
Considering that this was a visual novel, I didn't expect too much in animation, but the motions the characters conveyed with each emote made me wish I had my own personal gallery of them on the go. Also, the different CGI's you get from galleries are so hot and the proportions of their limbs (and privates) are just right.
Wehn it comes to the bonus dates, though, it comes off as
Writing (rating 9/10)
The writing, just from Ian's route, felt so much easier to follow than other games that I have played ever in my life.
The dialogue felt like real people, and I couldn't help but feel invested in my character's happiness, which is what you aim for in a dating sim or a visual novel. I honestly expected cheap porn, but they gave me more than porn. They gave me an adult experience that I forever might expect from other visual novels. I might be sucking the metaphorical (and literal) dick here, but I hold this game in high regard for the comedy and the serious writing. The absurdity is only cringey when intended. The writing is as good as reading it out of a good book. And the words never sound redundant.
Characterization does not feel lazy. The writing goes deeper into the stereotype and explores the complexities of the main cast. The side cast... not so much since they are short one-offs with the BroFinder App. But the writing really got me engaged, and that was for my initial interactions with Ian, Alex, Penny, and the protagonist.
Obscurasoft, whoever are your writers deserve a raise.
Gameplay (Rating 7/10)
It's a visual novel. It did its job.
I DO however appreciate multiple saves as well as the rewind feature common with the Ren.Py engine. Some games that I have played lack multiple saves alone, which is critical when you are trying to date multiple guys. So Obscura, you deserve a giant black forest cake. No lie.
I thought voice-acting would be a cool addition, but then that might ruin the experience, too, if your head can't connect the voice with the character. Sometimes, less could be more.
I like the polish of the game, even with the updates it received. It remained stable for my playthrough of it and it made my Let's Play enjoyable, so anyone who wants to see a gay love romance should get this. Anyone into Yaoi, especially bara, should get this. Anyone who is a sucker for fluff and smut should buy this game!
But if you don't take my word for it, you can see my Let's Play below.
Full let's Play Playlist