For my first beta test with MangaGamer I was asked whether I wanted to do a moe nukige or a dark nukige, and I think you all can guess which one this is.
Imouto Paradise is exactly what it says on the tin, a game about a bunch of little sisters. The “plot” goes that our protagonist’s parents are out of the country, so he spends summer break alone with his five little sisters. And has sex with them. Fun fact: the full title of the Japanese version, 妹ぱらだいす！～お兄ちゃんと5人の妹のエッチしまくりな毎日, roughly translates to “Big brother and his five little sisters go on a perverted spree every day,” which is not so much a title as a plot summary.
The structure of the game is pretty simple, as you’d expect from a nukige. The first half of the game alternates between the common route and the character routes. At each switching point you choose a sister. Then the rest of the game focuses purely on the character route, assuming you met the conditions for one. This works pretty well since the common route is mostly comedy scenes and the first half character routes mostly h-scenes, and switching between them helps pace things nicely.
I really enjoyed the common route scenes, they were quite funny and a nice break from the h-scenes. They also establish everyone’s personalities, even if they don’t stray too far from the usual stereotypes. There were a fair number of puns and anime references, but sadly (as seen from the translator’s notes) a lot of the puns present in the original Japanese didn’t make it into the English version. The second half of the game is where most of the story progression happens, but the story is definitely not the focus of the game. It’s simple, predictable, and driven by hentai logic. Except the harem route, which throws away even hentai logic and kicks reason to the curb, transcending into its own new logic-free plane of existence.
Being a nukige, the h-scenes are the main focus. There are a whopping 77 of them, and they’re each fairly long. They also have quite a lot of variety, with fetishes like bondage, femdom, futa, intercrural sex, paizuri, pegging, public sex, threesomes, watersports (but no scat at least), etc. Aya’s route is fairly vanilla, and everyone else tends to have a recurring fetish or three. Depending on whether or not you like these fetishes, this can be a very good or a very bad thing. Personally, I was a big fan of Michika’s route with harem bringing up a close second. I was very much not a fan of Rio or Hiyori’s routes. This makes me sad because I love Rio for always being the first to call out Onii-chan when he does something stupid or perverted (which is roughly once every three seconds). In general, the art is very pretty and a few scenes in each route even have animations. It’s also uncensored, which is a nice bonus. The voice acting in the h-scenes was okay but nothing special. The voice acting in the rest of the scenes was pretty good, though.
As a summary, this game is all about sex and comedy. It does both pretty well and has no pretenses of being anything more than that. Go into it expecting to laugh and fap instead of a deep and complicated story, and you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks everyone for reading this review, and I hope you enjoy the game as much as I did!