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PacaPlus
Developed By: PacoProject
Published By: Sekai Project
Release Date: March 30, 2017
Available On: Windows
ESRB Rating: N/A
Genre: Visual Novel
Mode: Single Player
MSRP: $9.99

Thank you Sekai Project for sending us this visual novel to review!

I have to admit that when I requested this visual novel for review, it was more out of curiosity than any compelling love for alpacas. Apparently there is a genre for everything in Japan, and people turning into animals is no exception. (I kid. I think.) This is a very silly story that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Like most exports from Japan, our main character, Kazuma, is a high school student, who has a wonderful girlfriend named Yukari. They have been an item for a long time, and compliment each other very well. She is the hard working, serious one, while he adores her and lovingly teases her. They are a cute couple, and many at school even tease them as though they were already married.

PacaPlus
Highlights:

Strong Points: Nice art; likeable characters; good (Japanese) voice acting
Weak Points: Kind of short; cute story, but not deeply compelling; requires 4:3 resolution for proper art aspect ratio, and windowed mode is not resizable; no Steam Cloud
Moral Warnings: Curse words like 'd*mn', 'hell' spoken; God is mentioned a few times (both good and bad); trying to get an effeminate boy to wear girl's clothes is played as a joke; *spoilers*: generational curse present

Kazuma has always had a strong love for alpacas since he was a kid, and that hasn't changed as he grew up. Yukari also has a good appreciation for them, and understands and appreciates his love for them. She occasionally gives him a friendly jab about that, but nothing mean or hurtful.

For her 16th birthday, she wants to go on a trip to the Alpaca Kingdom with Kazuma. This place is somewhat like a petting zoo, where you can feed them, pet them, and spend time in their habitat. After he makes sure she really does want to go there and isn't just saying it for his sake, they take the long bus ride there, and really enjoy their time together. On the way back, he falls asleep next to her, and wakes to a surprise – she looks just like an alpaca to him!

Going any further into the story would spoil it, but this relatively short story has four endings, and a few questions throughout that lead to those branches. I got the best ending on the first try, and the others were not too hard to figure out, though there is a handy guide available also. All in all, I got all of the endings in around five hours, which is somewhat short, but honestly, appropriate for a kitschy game like this.

PacaPlus
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 64%
Gameplay - 12/20
Graphics - 6/10
Sound - 7/10
Stability - 3/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 90%
Violence - 10/10
Language - 8/10
Sexual Content - 9/10
Occult/Supernatural - 8/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

I could tell that the game engine is somewhat on the old side, as full screen mode ignores aspect ratio, and distorts the art by stretching it wide on a 16:9 screen. If you make a custom 4:3 resolution, or read it in windowed mode, everything looks as it should. Unfortunately, windowed mode is not resizable, so if you have a 4K screen you may be in for some major eye tests there. On one of my computers, the game would crash on alt+tab, though I did not experience this on another. Unfortunately, Steam Cloud is not supported.

From an appropriateness standpoint, this is one of the cleanest visual novels I have seen, but it's not perfect. There is a cheeky school project for a maid cafe (it's hard to tell if it's meant to be a spoof of the trope or fully embraced.) You do not get to see anyone but our favorite alpaca in the maid outfit, though you read about an effeminate boy being asked to put one on. The curse words 'd*mmit' and 'hell' are used. God is referred to in both a positive (God never gives you more than you can handle) and negative light (pray to God and it never happens). *spoilers* A wedding happens in a Christian church.

PacaPlus is a very silly and simple visual novel that can be a nice change of pace from other, longer games or VNs, but not really deep or fulfilling on its own. Its short length of 2-5 hours depending on how many endings you see makes it a nice diversion if you are looking for something different. If you want a well written, deep, or moving story, this is not it. But if a silly diversion is what you are after, especially if it's on sale, go for PacaPlus. You know you love alpacas. Who doesn't?

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