Club Naughty (1.5/5★)

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Club Naughty is a lewd clicker game about owning a strip club and building a “naughty empire”.

Adult Content?
(F) nudity.

No. Woot! Woot!

Hours of Gameplay?
One hour.

Patch Available?
Not necessary.

Foreword: published November 29th, 2021

I received a free copy of this game for review purposes — thanks Ripknot Systems!

Gameplay: published November 29th, 2021 (2/5★)

Though the open-world gameplay suggests otherwise, Club Naughty is simply a glorified clicker-game. Each “upgrade”, whether they be new girls or cosmetics increase your “fame” and “money” production. Money is used to purchase upgrades, and fame is used to unlock new cosmetics (for purchase). All members of your club will have one or more “requests”; requests may be solved in one of two ways, providing bonus fame or income. Fame not only unlocks new purchases, it increases the likelihood of seeing “events” and “opportunities”. Events provide sizeable chunks of money, but you must first play a simple minigame; they all play the same, asking you to click on assorted objects before they reach the bottom of the screen. Unfortunately, the controls are rather unresponsive, rendering “events” too tedious to be worthwhile. Opportunities offer a chance to invest into fame or take home a very generous amount of money. Once you’ve unlocked all upgrades, you may purchase a new club and begin “your Naughty empire!”

Unfortunately, you only get to keep the money on your person. Nearly all of your upgrades and passive income are lost — in other words, your progress is reset. While owning multiple clubs provides increases your passive income, the penalty of losing your upgrades negates any gain to be had from resetting progress. Adding insult to injury, it appears each club uses the same layout as the first. It’s clear Ripknot Systems is only trying to milk players for additional playtime without adding any sort of meaningful content. Though there are ten clubs to unlock, I don’t have the patience to purchase each upgrade ten-times over. I could have let the application idle — however, stupid mechanics that encourage players to run the game in the background are trademarks of cryptocurrency miners. I’m not trying to claim that Club Naughty is a malicious crypto-mining program, but it’s not a good look.

Sexual Content: published November 29th, 2021 (1/5★)

There is no sexual content whatsoever. Though “prostitutes” and a “VIP area” are mentioned, I couldn’t find any women performing something other than an idle dance animation. Hilariously, they even dance in the unlockable “hot tub” (even though the water regularly covers their breathing holes!) The dances and models are robotic, and the way they slide about the floor put me under the impression Muryoku Studio had no intention of programming a decent game. A few of the girls are acceptable, but for the most part I found them to be really uncanny. Most of them look like cheap, latex sex-dolls (or in some cases, ghouls from Fallout).

Story: published November 29th, 2021 (1/5★)

You play as an unnamed club owner, and the goal of the game is to build his “naughty empire” by purchasing and fully “upgrading” one or more clubs. There’s a handful of dialogue and written content throughout the game, but it’s all randomized. Everybody, including the main protagonist are no more interesting than their names. Considering how much of the game involves dealing with patrons and paid dancers, it’s not like there were any shortage of opportunities to write interesting interactions between the cast.

Sound: published November 29th, 2021 (2/5★)

I wasn’t expecting to hear voiced lines! The acting and audio quality sound like shit, but when it all sounds like shit you get used to it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for lines to be repeated; whenever a dancer or guest has a “request”, they’ll grab your attention using one of two or three audio clips. As the game progresses, the frequency of requests greatly increases, exacerbating an already annoying mechanic. It took me back to my Team Fortress Two days: oh, how I miss the sweet sound of “Medic!”

With eighteen unlockable “beats”, there’s enough variety to keep the music interesting. But that’s only if you purchase new tracks — Club Naughty only gives you one “beat” to boot. The music roster is perfect for the setting, but it felt somewhat stock. If I was browsing Spotify and I heard any of these “beats”, I’d be smashing that “skip” button. Some tracks led me to believe that they were inspired by songs I enjoy, but that could have just been me wanting to listen to something better.

Visuals: published November 29th, 2021 (2/5★)

Club Naughty looks and feels cheap, like one of those dollar “hentai” games that periodically show up on Steam. The models are generic (and likely premade), and the lighting is a shit-show. I wasn’t impressed by the stiff, unenthusiastic animations of my lady-crew. As incentives for completing achievements, you may unlock assorted nude CGs of the unlockable girls. Unfortunately, not only can’t they be full-screened, they failed to escape the awful lighting.

The user-interface isn’t difficult to navigate, but the buttons are dysfunctional. Minigames were a nightmare as I begged the unresponsive interface to let me finish them — I just wanted to move on from this game! If you’re a fan of pop-ups, Club Naughty has no shortage of unexpected, non-toggleable “events” to keep you on your toes. A set of generic, totally out-of-place emojis are plastered throughout the game, marking opportunities to earn money. Like characters they hover over, they suggest Ripknot Systems tossed some assets together and hoped for the best.

Verdict: published November 29th, 2021 (1.5/5★)

Twenty five dollars? I thought I was playing a two-dollar meme! Suddenly, Club Naughty‘s “Mostly Negative” review score makes a lot of sense! I was surprised to see this game in my inbox. I figured if Ripknot Systems was even slightly familiar with my reviews (or standards), they wouldn’t have sent me a copy (but hey, bad publicity is still publicity isn’t it?) A few years ago, I may have been gentle. Unfortunately, years of shitty games have jaded me, and I’m very unhappy with this game. I have wasted my night on trash, and precious read/write cycles on my hard drive. The Club Naughty looks more complicated than it actually is — In reality, the gameplay boils down to endless fetch-quests, text prompts and patiently waiting for random events. All of the “upgrades” are functionally the same. It doesn’t matter if you buy “beats” or drugs first, they’re all different words for the same thing. Though some “upgrades” offer cosmetic changes, the animations aren’t worth the effort. I searched for recent updates for the game under its respective “News Hub” and “Discussions” board. I found that no updates have been documented since 2017 — It’s clear that Ripknot Systems either gave up or never cared at all. Whatever excuse they have for the state of the game, I can safely say this software belongs in a dumpster fire.

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