Undead Darlings-There is no cure for love-is some visual novels, some dungeon crawlers, and very interesting, despite the slightly rough edges. You play as Reggie, who was able to sleep through the end of the world thanks to Spike Drink. Even though his childhood friend Pearl has become a half-zombie, he takes the news pretty well.
At first you and Pearl are the only ones, but it won’t be long before you’re with a lot of other half-dead (but completely adorable) women. In addition to traveling the wreckage of civilization, there are cures for zombie formation when trying to find a dad. This sentence is surprisingly interesting, even though many of the characters are categorized into very familiar metaphors.
Your undead crew will need to occasionally stop in search of supplies and find more clues about the whereabouts of your father. This is where the dungeon crawl aspect of the game begins. Solve simple puzzles such as switches and locked doors as you walk through the maze-like corridors. Nothing particularly innovative is happening here, but it’s fun.
Turn-based combat is pretty tough, as many of the enemies you encounter have huge pools of health. You can eliminate these by exploiting the enemy’s weaknesses or increasing the attack multiplier, but the battle can still be prolonged. Even if you switch to a simpler difficulty level, you’ll need to smash a few levels in each dungeon to ensure you’re strong enough to survive.
The most annoying system in the game is related to the durability of the weapon. You can only use it a certain number of times before the weapon breaks. Unfortunately, especially at the beginning of the game, inventory is so limited that you’ll have to throw away a lot of useful items so that each character can have their weapons handy.
The monster design is particularly wacky and impressive. You rarely have to fight zombie pensioners or the devilish-looking Humpty Dumpty to save the world. Undead Darlings are not afraid to enjoy themselves. Aside from the hassle of gameplay, powerful writing and compelling characters are worth checking out.