Developer: Akaba Studio
Publisher: Ratalaika Games SL
Genre(s): Adventure, Indie, RPG, Simulation
Platform: PlayStation 5 (Also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch)
Age Rating: PEGI 3
Release Date: 10/09/21
A code was provided for review purposes
LoveChoice is a decision-based indie game that includes three short love stories for you to play through. You will determine the actions throughout each story, choosing different responses to situations in a point and click fashion. Be prepared for your heartstrings to be pulled at when a bittersweet end happens as a result of your actions.
A Choice To Make
There are three stories to choose from; Love Game, Love Distance, and Love Detective. Throughout all three, you will be met with various decisions that will impact the outcome of each story, and to experience all the varied endings the game has, you will have to replay each one sometimes more than once. On a few occasions I would end up thinking to myself if there were any more choices I could pick rather than the ones on the bottom of the screen, it turns out you have to really ‘think outside the box’ so to speak if you want a happier ending.
Rather than choosing dialogue, you have to sometimes drag objects from the environment or even take a step back and do nothing. Although often you are unaware of what is required of you, as LoveChoice doesn’t make it entirely clear, you can end up playing through and being stuck on what to do for a short while. In a few situations, I had to research the next step in order to proceed. Even though this didn’t affect my adventure, it was a little irritating knowing that I could have made a better choice all along.
Love In Art
What I loved most about LoveChoice was the cute gentle art style the game has and how it was accompanied by soothing music. Quite a few times during my gameplay, I stopped and just appreciated the artwork in front of me.
Akaba Studios wanted to express the ultimate core of the game to the player through its visualisation, and it absolutely does. As you progress through the game, you earn artwork in an album on the title screen, this is a neat little idea that I thought followed the idea of the game beautifully.
I scrolled through these when I had finished listening to the end song from the game’s soundtrack, to find an adorable piece for completing the game.
A Change From Chaos
LoveChoice is not a game I would usually play but despite this, it made a wonderful change that I won’t soon forget. It encouraged me to reflect and compare situations with my own life, and to have more of an understanding heart when it comes to relationships.
For example, in the third story; Love Detective, it’s all about trust. Your partner is receiving texts and calls from another woman. Do you look at their phone? Or do you have enough trust in them to forget about it?
Either way, you will be left thinking about how similar the stories are to real-life relationships.
The End Of A Story…
Overall, LoveChoice was surprisingly a good experience, it makes you realise how things could easily change if you did something differently in your life. It isn’t too expensive and it’s worth the price in the store however my only negative is that the runtime of gameplay is quite short (between 1 to 2 hours) so don’t think you’re going to be playing it all evening.
For someone who is not a big player of point and click games, I’ve started looking into them more because of this game which is a plus. Taking all of this into account, I would recommend LoveChoice. If I could experience these short stories all over again, I certainly would.
The end of a story.. the beginning of many.
Rapid Reviews Rating
3.5 out of 5
You can get your copy of LoveChoice from the Playstation Store today.