I've mentioned the Web site Something Awful's humorously devastating reviews of hentai games. Oddly enough, they posted a review that netted an astonishing -18, which means the reviewer didn't hate it all that much. (The next lowest score is Sentimental Shooting's -31. That game is a Galaga-like shooter in which the player's laser beams also blast school unifotms off the anime cuties in the background. You heard me right.) The subject this recent review, "D0 Y0u Like H0rny Bunnies?", merits its astonishing score pretty much by avoiding many of the more repulsive aspects of many hentai games--there's no rape at all, and that fact alone pretty much sets it apart. The review concludes thus (edited for content):
I can honestly say that this game was a pleasant surprise and I hope it marks a turn for the better for Hentai games. I don't expect a lot. I don't expect them to actually make the gameplay component fun, transform them into something that is genuinely erotic, feature translations that aren't embarrassing to read, or have audio that doesn't consist of thirty minutes of Japanese women making really bad sucking sounds. That sort of feat would be superhuman. ...What's closest to actually being offensive to me is that they cram all of the same awful perversion into every single god***n one of the games. ...It's as predictable as sex scene in a normal porno movie, and it's lame. "D0 Y0u Like H0rny Bunnies?" avoids these tired conventions in a manner that borders on admirable.
Update: Game name altered to fox the flood of Google searches I've been getting...sheesh!