The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me Review – How to Train Your Demon Girl

    Title: The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me
    Developer: SMILE
    Release Date: October 26, 2018
    Reviewed On: PC
    Publisher: Sekai Project/Denpasoft
    Genre: Eroge

The month of October is now behind us, but that doesn’t mean that the spooky scares have to end. However, jump scares and spooky sounds aren’t what visual novel publisher Sekai Project and Denpasoft had in mind when releasing the Smile developed VN, The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me. I mean, what more could any lover of this holiday season want than to spend some time with demon girls and maybe get a little closer to them.

When first checking out, The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me it came off as a typical harem visual novel. One where I could guess the scene outcomes almost 90% of the time and the ending would be as cliche as imaginable. However, throughout the game, I learned that that wasn’t going to be the case with this story even if it took a few hours to show its greatness.

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The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me stars Ren, a fairly capable protagonist who has more confidence than many other male protagonists and pretty much goes with the flow after very little convincing. However, I will say that Ren isn’t a shallow character and actually has a bit more depth in his personality than I’ve seen any other eroge titles, even if he’s presented a virgin dude.

Throughout his life, Ren has met a small group of girls, one of them even being his stepsister, but what he doesn’t know is that they are all demons. The initial reveal of this happens after Ren is moved into a dorm with the girls and asked to help them or he will be homeless. Surprisingly, the game’s sexy opening does not reflect the pacing of the story because there is a pretty lengthy amount of content between Ren figuring things out and him moving in. This gave me time to learn more about Ren and each of the female demon characters, Riria, Emiri, Yuu, Arle (best girl), and Miyabi. Throughout the game, there are other characters introduced, but for the main story, this is what players will get to work with.

It just so happens that these aren’t your everyday normal demon girls, no, they are ditzy demon girls and they aren’t very good demons at all. It’s up to Ren to help each of them become better demons and they figure that means understanding his, uhm, member. Just kidding, the game isn’t that shallow, most of the time, as each girl actually requires some understanding of themselves to get better at being a demon, which will unravel throughout the story.

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Speaking on the game’s pacing, the opening of the game plays out in a way that can make the game feel like it’s sticking itself in an exhausting game loop of “every day a different girl”. However, the game throws a curve ball when the group heads to the beach and the player gets to make the choice that will decide their fate, “Choose your route”. This took me by surprise after I had gotten used to the overused game loop, but I was happy to shake things up after hours of getting to know each character.

This made me realize the intentions of this design, which made choosing a girl difficult because I had already spent time with all of them and learned about their personalities. However, after the choice is made you are locked into that route until the end of the game and there are plenty of adorable CGs and events that happen along the way.

Sadly, the writing doesn’t reflect each route the same. With so many characters and events, it becomes clear which characters were favored amongst the writers. With that said, each route has some pretty comical moments that make up for the lack of creativity from some of the more dull routes.

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After completing each route, players will unlock after story scenes which I wasn’t expecting, but it definitely sweetened the pot in terms of content that you get. Players can enjoy 3 additional story scenes with each character to act as a follow up to the game’s events. Similarly, concept art and developer notes unlock which was really cool to get a little insight on how each character was created.

Illustrations were, for lack of a better word, awesome. Each character looked great and they all had unique personality traits across the board. Although over the game you’ll have favorites, I like that none of them came off as too cliche. Additionally, I’d like to point out that the CG scenes in the game were frequent and just keep getting better in the later parts of the game, no not only for that reason. Similarly, the character’s chibi forms are also super cute. Each character model can even be posed and dressed in the game’s photo mode, which was a great feature considering this is such a popular system in newer titles.

As the H-scenes go in this game, I believe that in order to get the full experience, this is one of those games that require the adult unlock patch. Sex just plays a rather large roll in the character’s interactions and also some characters just like to get naked and that context might get lost if these scenes were cropped at certain areas. As for the H-scenes themselves, well, I had no complaints. Everything was rather vanilla in terms of the sexual acts themselves, but there’s a variety of events and unlocking additional characters after a route is completed only unlocks more of these events.

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The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me starts off as a decent visual novel that turns great towards the middle and ends up being funny, emotional, and sexy all in one game. Each character is unique and provides a nice well-rounded story of demons getting better at their demon jobs. I enjoyed the little things in the game like the girls explaining the demon realm as well as the large number of locations that the characters visit. Most importantly, I enjoyed the story, some routes more than others, but this is a comedy and these ditzy demon girls can be rather funny.

The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me has all the ingredients of a romantic comedy, but uses that to tell a story that is as unique as it is silly. Sure, you’ll see a few things coming, but there were enough surprises and memorable scenes to make this eroge visual novel one that fans of the genre will easily enjoy.

Score:
8.3/10
A review copy of the title was provided by the publisher for review purposes

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