————— SCI-FI DATING SIM – “SUNRIDER ACADEMY”

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Sunrider Academy, developed by Love in Space, published by Denpasoft in 2015. An alternate universe spinoff of Sunrider: Liberation day. It takes place in high school, on a fantasy world called Cera.

Story – 7/10

You play as Kayto Shields. As vice president of the student council, you’re responsible for building up three failing clubs (kendo, science, and swimming). You try to keep them open, and win a series of contests throughout the school year.

Ava is your strict, overbearing brunette of a student council president. Asaga is the redhead captain of the kendo club. Chigara is the blue-haired shy girl in charge of the science club. Sola is the near-expressionless silver-haired girl who doubles as captain of the swim team and priestess of the Ryuvian Shrine.

You go about your daily life, try to better yourself, and others, and go dating with your favorite girl. Each girl has a unique story route that takes a turn for the downright tragic.

Gameplay – 6/10

You have a strict time format of 10 hours per day, 10 days a week, 5 weeks a month, and 10 months in the whole school year you play.

The point of Sunrider Academy isn’t just to get a girlfriend, but to help your club girls win contests by managing this time table.

A lot of the standard conventions in other dating sims are changed up. You can train to raise up your stats, but you’ll just as quickly lose some of them when you go to sleep. You are also forced to meet certain requirements to continue the game.

For better, or for worse, this game is long. There is plenty of time to build up your sports teams.

Art – 7/10

Every girl has charm and beauty to them. Their sprites have a variety of expressions that give their character a unique feel, from Asaga’s many comical faces to the small changes Sola, or Ava have when they break a rare smile. There is so much attention to detail to each girl, it’s a little amazing. Even Kayto has a face to emote with, but you’ll only see that in chibi animations, or certain CG pictures.

I found the backgrounds to be boring. There is a sort of alien-ness feel to them in that they’re not only 3D but look like something from the real world. I get the point that Cera is an alternate Earth with a more futuristic feel, but it doesn’t fit the anime art style of the characters.

Hentai – 8/10

Luckily with such engaging character art, the sex scenes look great. Personally, I found each of them endearing and charming, and their unique routes have fanservice preceding the sex. There’s a scene for example of Asaga giving a daring footjob in the school cafeteria. And Chigara gets caught in a science experiment mishap that dissolves her clothes in a puff of smoke!

As a dating sim, Sunrider Aacdemy is mostly about building up to the love and affection, and it felt rewarding to first learn to know a girl intimately, and then fuck them in the pussy.

Music – 9/10

The music is very top notch. Not only is it extensive, but it changes DAILY in-game. The songs change from upbeat dancing jingles, to intense, like when there’s an important contest. There’s even some beautifully sad melodies played on a piano.

There’s a song for every mood, from comical to dramatic. And you can play them all back on the music box from the main menu.

Sound – 7/10

I’m bummed that there’s no voice acting in this game, and there shouldn’t be any reason why they didn’t have any. The English voice actors for Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius were really good. You didn’t hear them a lot outside of gameplay battles, but I could imagine each character sounding like that. They don’t make a return at all in Sunrider Academy.

Despite the small miss of no voices, the game makes use of a lot of unique sound effects. The metallic click of a button, the robotic beep as you hover over a button, and the sweet sound of a successful green O are all music to my ears.

Conclusion – 7/10

Love In Space delivered a great experience for fans of this genre of games, and I heartily recommend you try it. Sunrider Academy offers the characters of the studio’s space opera series a better chance to get a happy ending than they did in previous games.

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