Today on the blog, we have a tester’s corner from threepwood007!
We now gather together for 133rd “Funbag Fantasy is too well-written for porn” meeting. I’m your host, threepwood007, and I am definitely unbiased and objective when it comes to these games. Promise.
This is of course, not true. The latter bit. I am very biased when it comes to Funbag Fantasy, but at the very least this comes from having tested 2 of the 4 games released so far and discovering the first to be absurdly good. To level-set, funbags aren’t even my bag, baby. What makes Funbag Fantasy Sideboob Story 2 super amazing is definitely not the ero scenes but absolutely the narratives and characters and the medieval intrigue and political spookiness, making it no different than the usual Funbag game.
This by extension makes testing the games literally a roller-coaster of emotions and let me tell you, for a supposed eroge I have never wanted to be able to skip the H scenes more than in Funbag Fantasy (which I do do during a re-read).
Testing becomes a dissertation on the comedy and tragedy of man. Proofreading H scenes is already inherently taxing (for me at least), but there’s something especially repetitive about Funbag Fantasy that grates on endurance after awhile. You find yourself craving the intrigue of the throne room, the tension of a diplomatic scuffle, or even just the comedy of the protagonist, Lute, meeting a new heroine.
It’s not all bad though; at the end of the day, it’s still a Funbag Fantasy game. That also brings with it some interesting linguistic challenges in addition to the new characters, staggeringly good art, and spicy arguments. Funbag Fantasy utilizes some definitely archaic English, and my Google-fu has never been more used during a test than this game (with the exception of its predecessor, Funbag Fantasy 2).
Also, Funbag Fantasy Sideboob Story 2 (good lord that’s a mouthful) includes not just one but two of the most plot-relevant H scenes (heehee he said ‘scenes’) ever. So that’s cool, at least.
‘Gramercies’, ‘bating’, and others make ‘forsooth’ look like a common everyday utterance by comparison after awhile. Which is fine. Funbag Fantasy Sideboob Story 2 is supposed to be a “fandisc” but actually is almost exactly as long as Funbag Fantasy 2 and both games take that time to immerse the reader in the environment of medieval pseudo-Europe.
That the testers get to collaborate with the editor and translator to ensure that immersion is brought to the reader is just another way that Funbag sets itself apart both as a game and as a testing job.
If this is your first time hearing about this series, go back to ‘Go’ and try out Funbag Fantasy. If you’ve been looking forward to Sideboob Story 2, then I can heartily say it’s worth the wait.
Funbag Fantasy Sideboob Story 2 is now available for purchase on MangaGamer.com and Steam!
As someone who finally got past the opening stretch of 2 (which is a shame, since *after* that opening stretch it’s basically a better version of 1 in all but scene balance), I have just started on Sideboob Story 2, and I see what you mean.
But, at the same time, I really like the first chapter of this one. It basically takes the protagonist and gives him a similar story to 2, where he gets by on his own talent and wit (and a bit of luck) rather than relying on a cheaty succubus sidekick. And his relationship with Rosalyn was very sweet, while his complex relationship with the prime minister was a great new draft on the Motaire character.
Just started the lengthy stretch of sex scenes that follows the conclusion of that story arc, but I appreciate the game trusted my intelligence and investment enough not to just throw sex at me in the belief I need it to stay around.
That said, I do dislike how the characters, at least initially, take a break from the political intrigue to complain about/complement the new girls’ tits. It’d be one thing if it was just Lute bein’ Lute, but the serious-looking Iberian sorcerer doin’ it felt gratuitous. It was maybe a dozen lines total, but it was also about the only dark spot on an otherwise-great new installment.
Here’s hoping we get the various DLC side stories that’ve come out for this and 2 in time. I’ve especially heard the DLC for 2 adds something to the only ending I found outright abrupt and unsatisfying.
I completely agree with your hopes for the DLC side stories, I’m hoping in particular for the fan disc for this where we actually get to see most of the girls pregnant.
Agreeing to the DLC addition,
Funbag Series is one of my long time favorites since the first game was released, It’s a game that I do not skip any single line of story and plot and only skip the h-scenes sometimes… the story is far more immersive and interesting for me afterall.
And I really hope for all the DLCs and the “after story” Arc (with isis, Neilis, Shamsiel and 1 new girl) to one day get included for funbag series as well.