Maidesktop is a mildy lewd desktop pet featuring a maid and BDSM equipment.
Hours of Game-play?
No, not necessary.
I was sent a free copy of this game by the developer, following a review I wrote for their previous release Summer Girl. I was surprised, considering my negative review for that game. I hope that Maidesktop will be an improved desktop pet compared to the less-than-stellar Summer Girl.
As of June 2020, Maidesktop is a unique idea, though not as well executed as I would have liked.
Also (if you’re the developer), I’m sorry that I have yet another negative review for you. As an artist, detailed criticism is essential to the improvement of one’s work. I have written this review with the intention of providing useful information for you to build upon moving forward, (hopefully) to improve your dev-game.
. . . in a nutshell
A flawed, but interesting desktop pet.
out the shell. . .
After booting up Maidesktop, a reasonably attractive woman will appear on-screen. For the sake of simplicity, I’ll refer to her as Cute Maid, taking inspiration from the “About the Game” section on the Steam store page. Cute Maid lives on your screen, and she is overlayed over your applications. You can touch and whip her body, but her reactions are short-lived and frankly not very entertaining.
Like Summer Girl, Maidesktop features unlockable content.
New hair, outfits and poses can be unlocked by moving the mouse cursor. Summer Girl required roughly an hour of violently jerking the mouse cursor back and forth to unlock all content. I think that the movement required for Maidesktop is more reasonable for content to be unlocked naturally, such as browsing the internet or perhaps solving puzzle games. If you’re impatient, you can unlock everything Cute Maid has to offer you in under twenty minutes.
However, I still think the system to be flawed.
Cute Maid is simply not entertaining enough as a desktop companion. Higher-quality desktop pets will dance to your tunes, and some even walk about the screen. Cute Maid isn’t very lively, and it doesn’t take long to see all that she has to offer you. She’s not arousing or practical, and her fun-factor is limited.
Speaking of fun-factor, let’s talk about what Cute Maid is good for. . .
BDSM! What Maidesktop does that rival software doesn’t is allow you bind and whip the avatar. While the customization and interactivity of Cute Maid is lacking, I think this is a super cool idea. If expanded upon, I think that an interactive, lively desktop maid could be excellent addition to someone’s desktop. It would be challenging, however to make this maid into something that would entertain for hours on end. Perhaps, in a future a project the perfect BDSM maid will emerge.
. . . and yes, this is a game you can play one handed.
There is no story, moving on.
I’ll be copy/pasting some content from my review for Summer Girl, a similar piece of software with a nearly identical interface.
There is no title menu. Language preference can be adjusted by a small button that appears when your cursor hovers over her legs. It’s tedious to navigate to your choice language, as each option must be clicked through one-by-one. You may alter the appearance of the avatar through an always-active menu, but it suffers the same flaw as the language button. The interface (to my knowledge) cannot be hidden, and as a result detracts from the in-game experience.
Cute Maid’s outfits are somewhat buggy. Her fifty unlockable outfit has a tendency to melt. It looks super cool, but it’s clearly unintentional and appears to be a horrid glitch. Her final outfit (a set of lingerie) leaves a set of seam lines in her body, where you can peak inside her mesh and look at her arms (or your wallpaper) through her legs.
Cute Maid can be touched and whipped, but her reactions aren’t very arousing. She fails as an arousing character, and given what she can do I don’t think she’s exactly “family friendly” either. In my opinion, adult-software is all or nothing; if you’re not aiming for a full adult experience, you should instead aim your game for everyone else.
. . . expect not-quite female nudity.
I don’t recommend this game, but I almost do. I think this is a great foundation for a cool desktop pet, and with some added liveliness and an improved menu it’d be an okay piece of software. If the concept of a highly-customizable, super interactive desktop buddy was realized in the future, I would be willing to pay a premium for a sort of “Maidesktop MK II“. Until then, I’d sit on an update or two before purchasing this software on sale.