Moero Crystal H (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Nayu 28.05.2023

Review for Moero Crystal H on Nintendo Switch

Back in 2015 Compile Heart and EastAsiaSoft released Moero Crystal on PlayStation Vita. Zenox, on a mission to find his father, ends up tangled in a crazy tale of needing to hunt down the stolen Bra of Everlasting Darkness, taken from a temple guarded by a monster girl, using the Panties of Hope which light the way to the next clue and are worn on the head of Otton, a perverted otter type creature who features in other Moero games. Recruiting monster girls in dungeons provides useful skills to defeat the elusive thief, who, unless apprehended, will destroy the known world by keeping the spiritual underwear separate. Fast forward to 2020, Moero Crystal is ported to Nintendo Switch with a worldwide release called Moero Crystal H, including all previous DLC, boasting a total of eighty cute, not quite human, girls to recruit. So, what is the game actually about?

It might be difficult to believe from the official trailer, but while there is a fair amount of mature content with the very much perverted nature of side-kick Otton, the method used to subdue monster girls and a mostly avoidable mini-game, plus terminology used in and out of battle that veers towards the ecchi side of gaming, most of Moero Crystal H is pure fun with cute girls in interesting outfits. They are much more than their looks, their personalities really come into play as more of the team are met. Initially Zenox, who is called a pervert yet tries to be a gentleman when he can despite the intimate actions that the game requires, only knows Luanna who was in the temple, but all that changes as they traverse dungeons.

There are dozens of girls to discover, some only appear in certain conditions, and it is possible not to get them all in one playthrough. Yes, some of them are classic waifu stereotypes, but using them in the main party makes it easier to get to know them individually. They mostly care for each other, tolerate Zenox and despise Otton. There are some who like to flaunt their attractiveness; some of the four collectable outfits available to wear in battle dotted around dungeons are on the skimpy side, but others are tasteful, and the sense of camaraderie is strong. The higher the friendship level with each girl the more skills can be activated in battle, and certain skills can only be learned by equipping a particular outfit.

Screenshot for Moero Crystal H on Nintendo Switch

The, vastly different in theme, dungeons are travelled in first person style, with the monster girls appearing as a moving dot. It is not a case of persuading them to join a party verbally, they have to be battled against, their armour of clothes weakened and then specific spots on their body located and rubbed to help rid them of the negative energy that the bra thief bestowed on them. Sometimes it takes repeated fights before they will agree to join to the team, which can only be changed at the town's inn, not in a dungeon. Wandering around the dungeon can take time but it is a good way to collect items and level up, too. Sometimes it is best to backtrack to a save point in a dungeon rather than hope one will appear soon, as saving is restricted to save points outside of town.

Collecting more supplies, then returning to deal with a boss is another strategy that is wise to employ occasionally - handily a warning appears before an event happens so boss fights are not necessarily unexpected. Run of the mill enemies are relatively easy to defeat in the easier difficulties, some have an amusing appearance, others are quite suggestive, and all have elemental weaknesses that, when exploited, lead to a swift end to the fight. Zenox is not exactly an active fighter, he can charge and release energy to the party, as well as use items, but it is the girls who do all the fighting in a 2D format. Extra tough enemies appear in the places where recruited monster girls are found, but are easy to avoid as they move one step at a time in tune with the player.

Dungeon crawling is the majority of the game with visual novel elements for story progression, but outside the dungeon everything takes place in the town. The central area is the inn where all the girls stay and have individual rooms. If friendship reaches three stars the girls can agree to share a room with each other which leads to amusing scenes, not all related to Moero Crystal H's age rating. Viewing the scenes are not mandatory but it is fun learning more about favourite characters, and gift giving is not always well received as each girl has specific preferences for gifts. It is advisable to save before giving a gift, especially if there is a limited supply of them. The tricky thing about having eighty team members is that when most of them are liked it is extremely hard deciding who can belong in the five strong party. Switching out monster girls is easy enough at the inn. For the first playthrough a key team may be used, but then afterwards time can be taken to level up favourites in the extra floors added to dungeons post game.

Screenshot for Moero Crystal H on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

Rated 9 out of 10

There is far more to Moero Crystal H than its mature and perhaps more widely advertised aspects initially indicate. Fans of both the genre and the cute graphics style will easily take over forty hours to complete the main story, and then collect all the adorable monster girls, maxing out their friendships and making their rooms at the inn luxurious. This humour filled, slightly niche title is certainly at home on Nintendo Switch, has next to no gripes apart from the mini games being outside some players' personal comfort zones, and hopefully the series may get expanded one day.

Developer

Compile Heart

Publisher

EastAsiaSoft

Genre

Turn Based RPG

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10

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