Last year, as a long-time fan of the Starfighter webcomic, I backed a visual novel that would be based on a comic. For those unaware, Starfighter is an 18+ webcomic, a space “smutmance” between two blokes and other side characters. Starfighter: Eclipse is a spin-off of the webcomic. The game came out about a year later, and I finally found the time to play it! Okay, to be honest, I also chose to hold off on it because I waited for walkthroughs to appear online. I know, I’m a lame gamer, but thanks to the walkthroughs, I completed the game in about nine hours.
My verdict of the game? It was fun. I enjoyed my time with it, and I especially adored seeing all of my favourite Starfighter characters. The writing was solid, the graphic was sweet, and the plot was interesting. However, it lacked something, and the new characters that were created solely for the games didn’t win me over as the webcomic ones did. Here’s a spoiler-free breakdown of the goods, the bads, and the uglies of the game.
- PRAXIS! ENCKE! *swoons*
- The smut scenes were pretty hawt, but I still wanted Praxis/Abel . . .
- I enjoyed the multiple endings of the games! Especially since your decisions affects who you end up with.
- The fact that it’s a visual novel makes it good. I love visual novels, especially the BL/slash/yaoi ones.
- The few things I’ve helped Kickstarted hasn’t always come through, so I’m very happy that this game came through.
- I really liked that this was a browser-based game, so that means I can play it on any computer if I wished with all my data intact. My only concern with this option is that if the company and the website ever disappeared, then I’d have no access to the game :(
- I didn’t care for the characters that were made for the game. I think part of it is because I didn’t feel like they were very well-developed.
- The characters I love weren’t featured enough.
- The soundtrack — while decent — didn’t win me over completely.
- The writing of the game was solid, but I felt as if some of the writing were kind of bland.
- Seriously, without a walkthrough, I’d have spent like two months struggling to find all the right combinations to get all the endings and images for the gallery.
- The game never did explain to us all that was going on in the backstory.
- The mean choices made me feel like crap every time I selected it, haha! It was like going against my nature. Yeah, I’d make a pretty bad actress!
It’s a game I’d play again in the future if I wanted some epic space adventure with smut on the side. However, I find myself not as attached to it compared to Hakuouki, which is one of my all-time favourite visual novels. I didn’t feel like the game explained a lot of the plot points well, and I just wasn’t digging the characters that much except for the minor side characters. I also cannot really recommend the game because of its niche market to fans of the comics and fans of Bl/slash/yaoi media. However, if you are a fan of visual novels, BL/slash/yaoi, or Starfighter, it’s something I would recommend :)