Chapter One: Introduction
Seek Girl Ⅷ is a lewd “Sokoban” puzzle game available on Steam. It took me about thirty minutes to complete the game, including “Dark Fantasy World” without cheating.
To experience the complete game with adult content, an adult patch must be installed. Strangely, DSGame does not offer an adult DLC for the game; as far as I know, the only way to access the “complete game” is to follow sketchy links from strangers on the internet and hope for the best. I consulted the Seek Girl Ⅷ | R18 Patch + Walkthrough & Achievement Guide by lylat on Steam. . . I wasn’t keen to taking my chances with discussing boards I can’t translate.
This article will strictly discuss the patched version of the game.
Chapter Two: Gameplay (2/5★)
Section One: Overview
This time, DSGame has released what they call “a strategy adventure game”. Strategy, sure — but I don’t know where they got “adventure” from. The goal of the game is to utilize “magic balls” to redirect the player character steer him out of harm’s way as he advances “to find the girl”.
For example, you might use a fire ball to slay an enemy, or an earth ball to neutralize a spike trap.
Instead of “crystals” or “props”, Seek Girl Ⅷ has collectable “Runes”. Collecting all runes will grant access to Dark Fantasy World — e.g. two additional levels with unlockable animations.
Section Two: Balance
After playing Seek Girl Ⅶ, I was shocked by how easy this game is. While there were levels that took me a few tries, I was frankly disappointed by how brain dead the puzzles are.
Chapter Three: Sexual Content (4/5★)
Section One: Content
There are fourteen unlockable animations. The sexual content is all masturbation and vanilla sex — unlike previous entries in the series, there is no BDSM or unexpected kinks.
Section Two: Implementation
Completing levels unlocks animations.
Section Three: Interactivity
It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the Seek Girl games “interactivity” is simply holding down the “space” key to unlock toggles.
Section Four: Quality
The artwork and animations are pretty solid. They may be smidge less quality than those found in Seek Girl Ⅶ, but they’re all worthwhile offerings with non-descript anime girls.
Chapter Four: Story (1/5★)
Section One: Overview
The sexual animations suggest it’s the player character is shown. Though his tanned, naked body contributes nothing to the “story”, I enjoy consistent characters.
Chapter Five: Sound (3/5★)
Section One: Soundtrack
The soundtrack feels like a step back with less thematically coherent music. There’s a new track for even level though, reducing audio monotony.
Section Two: Sound Effects
Something I enjoyed about this game was that it plays more sound effects than previous entries in the series, which helped take my mind off of the unremarkable music.
Section Three: Voice Acting
Each animation is packaged with lots of voice acting. The Japanese sounds lewd and cutesy, but since I don’t understand Japanese I have no comment on the quality of voice acting,
Chapter Six: Visuals (3/5★)
Section One: User-interface
I enjoyed the highly stylized, fantasy-flavored user-interface. I like how when hovering on magic balls or interactive objects with the cursor brings up a quick tip on their functionality. Unfortunately, the English is awful, but it’s the though that counts.
Section Two: Graphics
I miss the graphics and animations from the previous games. The characters are now represented by a lifeless playing piece, and the world feels less vibrant. Graphically, the previous game is superior.
Chapter Seven: Verdict (2.5/5★)
What happened? Seek Girl Ⅶ had its flaws, but it was such a big step in the right direction It’s difficult to fathom how badly DSGame fucked up. The gameplay isn’t technically bad, it’s just trivially easy. It reminds me of Seek Girl and Seek Girl Ⅱ — where the only value in the software is the sexual content. I suppose, the animations aren’t half bad, but there’s one teeny tiny problem. . .
DSGame does not provide an adult patch in the form of a DLC on Steam to unlock sexual content. The only way to restore the game is to download files from strangers (no doubt an open invitation for malware!) Considering every Seek Girl game leading up to this one has an corresponding adult DLC, I don’t understand why just this one doesn’t.
The Seek Girl series should have stopped while it was ahead. If the reviews on Steam on anything to go by, Seek Girl Ⅷ was the series’ dying breath before DSGame moved onto new projects.