Game Review by Matt Bird
Game Rating = 1.5/5 Balls
What do you get when you mix Japanese school girls, plant-like aliens and RPG elements? Well, you get most of the anime that exists today, really. But you also get Science Girls, a game that roughly resembles said anime in most respects.
Just, y’know, worse.
Science Girls is a strange, mishmash RPG in which a science club must battle their way out of a school under siege. The game’s girls find the faculty under assault by odd plant creatures (though as the game notes, they can’t be plants since they move around) and are consequently forced to locate their fellow club members and fight the intruders. There’s no buildup to the invasion whatsoever, and so you don’t really empathize for the girls as they seem to be nothing more than fancily-drawn figureheads for use in battle. A smattering of personality, perhaps, but easily forgettable.
Don’t get me wrong, the story has a bit of promise. Unfortunately the demo betrays little of this promise, and so players are left not only wondering what the heck is going on, but possibly why they should care in the first place.
The story isn’t Science Girls’ big problem, however. Many great games have started off slow and then jumped up significantly in quality by the end. It’s the visuals that really kill this game, the blasted, slapdash visuals.
The girls themselves look fine. They get nice, anime-quality portraits which, quite frankly, don’t look like they belong in this game, as everything built around them (aside from the occasional shots of classrooms) looks terrible. The battlefields are flat gray, the text bubbles usually look a bit off-center and the sprites are boring. Most of the aliens look like unidentifiable blobs. And given that there’s virtually no animation to speak of amongst the sprites, what with their sliding around to get from room to room, you’ll likely be bored out of your mind in minutes.
The mechanics behind the game are similarly dull. It’s a turn-based RPG wherein characters on one side of the fight take potshots at enemies on the other side with normal attacks or a few special moves. No innovation whatsoever. The only thing that sets Science Girls apart from other RPGs – aside from the other RPGs being enjoyable – is that Science Girls includes a smattering of scientific trivia, which seems oddly out of place given the alien invasion.
Science Girls is, in short, not really worth playing. Anime fans will get a kick out of the art, sure, but that’s easily viewed on the game’s website anyway. And yes, $10 is pretty cheap for a game, but why not just spend it on a title that’s actually fun? 1.5/5
You should buy this game if:
– You enjoy anime
– You enjoy science
– You’re an absolute beginner to RPGs
You shouldn’t buy this game if:
– You dislike static sprites
– You desire high production values
– You’ve played any other RPG