Imouto Paradise 2 (+18) Review – Incest = Wincest?
Platforms: PC (reviewed)
Developer: MOONSTONE Cherry
Release: 22nd December 2017
Price: 44.95 (Mangagamer Store)
Review contains explicit content
As pointed out in my previous review of the Eroge Kuroinu Chapter 2, I have nothing against Visual Novels or games in general making use of sex, in order to convey a message. One of Mangagamer´s latest releases Imouto Paradise 2 is probably the exact opposite, a Nukige (Eroge focusing on providing “fap material”) about a guy lucky enough to fuck his five sisters. Is it a worthwhile experience nonetheless? Surprisingly, yes, after all the slogan “Incest = Wincest” doesn´t exist without reason!
The story focuses on the Nanase family, namely the protagonist and his five younger sisters, during summer holidays when their parents leave them alone for several weeks. However, they don´t use their time for Christian summer activities, especially since they´re the children of the predecessor´s characters. So the wild sexual adventures begin anew, in order to keep the bloodline of this incest-loving family alive.
Surprisingly, the plot isn´t only a mere set-up for various sex-scenes but offers an experience similar to Slice-of-Life animes. Between the various acts, Imouto Paradise 2 presents a wide range of everyday situations, expeditions or other free time activities of the Nanase family, all refreshingly family-friendly. While they´re certainly not unique and anyone familiar with the Slice-of-Life genre probably already read or watched dozens of such scenes, they manage to deliver entertaining breaks. Especially for people like me, preferring a plot infused with sexual content rather than vice-versa, these silly dialogue focused passages are certainly appreciated. An endless chain of sex would have been a simple overkill in my case.
Nonetheless, no one should expect any kind of character depth here, it´s a Nukige after all. Each of the five little sisters, as cute as they may be, can ultimately be summarized into individual clichés. They do a good job at keeping you entertained but never go beyond their flat one-sided character, so don´t expect any surprises here. Some may even be turned off by the constant, way too present sexual references almost every person loves to make.
Let´s come to the actual core of Imouto Paradise 2 then, the sex scenes! Between the first few “plot segments” it´s possible to choose one of the five routes or sisters. Yet, despite the implementation of a selection screen during the beginning, switching the sex partner is impossible once the first choice has been made, rendering the screen somewhat useless. At least I thought MOONSTONE learned from the predecessor´s identical problem, hence tried to visit different girls, which resulted in an early ending, since I didn´t stick to one route. So I´m still left wondering about the necessity of the selection screen.
Despite this initial confusion, Mangagamer´s latest release is a Nukige gem when it comes to diversity and scale. On the one hand, the various h-scenes are all individually designed for the sister´s personality, so the motherly Momka will have less kinky scenes than the well-read, perverted Shizuku, who´s able to satisfy pretty much every fetish. Yuzu, Chiharu and Ririna position themselves somewhere in between.
The scenes range from classic sex, blowjobs or footjobs to some more special ones. For example, Ririna offers quite a lot sex toy action, while Chiharu focuses a bit more on the different body practices like … armpit fucking. I really like how there´s a slight pattern in each of the five routes, as it surprisingly helps to characterize them through their kinks. In general though, Imouto Paradise 2 isn´t a very hardcore Nukige, compared to something like Kuroinu in particular. Surely most of the well-spread fetishes are present, combined with the ever-present incest theme but it never gets brutal.
Yet, only in combination with the superb production value of MOONSTONE, Imouto Paradise 2 is able to truly shine. First of all, the art is once again really impressive, delivering very colourful portraits and panoramas. It´s probably one of the best looking Nukige even today, judging solely from the art direction, detail and quality of every image, the fact they´re in HD is a huge improvement to older Visual Novels as well.
Additionally or even most importantly, the various sex scenes are also animated. Meaning, the models/drawing, call them as you like, move during sexual intercourse or such activities, Blowjobs, on the other hand, remain still frames. If you never played an animated Eroge, you probably don´t know why it´s so special but having animated parts adds a unique sensation, making it feel way more intense and captivating. There´s even a little X-ray pop-up, where we can observe how the dick penetrates their vagina for example, for people who are into that thing.
Besides animated scenes and beautiful art, Imouto Paradise 2 offers a huge array of content too, in order to justify it´s pretty steep price tag. Stuffed with 40k lines of text, yes that´s a lot, 14 h-scenes per girl and the occasional but ever-same Slice-of-Life breaks, it certainly can “entertain” you more than 50 hours or so, if you plan to complete every single route. It´s also one of the few cases where I actively thought the voice actresses are doing an amazing job at conveying the cheerful personalities and their embarrassment, combined with the repetitive but cute music.
As in every Nukige, the plot and characters of Imouto Paradise 2 are paper-thin, but that is the point after all. Where MOONSTONE really outdid themselves was the presentation, offering a superbly drawn Eroge with pretty much everything you could ask for, be it animation or great voice acting. Combined with the surprisingly entertaining Slice-of-Life parts, despite their cliché-y nature, Imouto Paradise 2 is a charmingly great Nukige about incest, definitely worth your time.
[A Review Code was provided by Mangagamer]