Chapter One: Introduction
Waifu Uncovered is a lewd strip-’em-up available on Steam. To experience the complete game with adult content, the Virtual Happiness: 18+ Content (Uncensored) DLC must be installed. This article will strictly discuss the patched version of the game.
It took me about an hour to complete my first “Normal” game. I wasn’t interested in replaying the game in “Arcade” mode to unlock the last “waifu”, but a complete Gallery would probably take a competent player about an hour and a half.
Chapter Two: Gameplay (4/5★)
Section One: Overview
Some kind of “Horse ninja” is trying to save girls from “infected clothes” by shooting them — and the “silly aliens” that infected them in the first place! At his disposal are a variety of ships for sending aliens where they belong; in the ground, dead, like womens’ clothes!
If you disagree with me, that’s just because you’re one of them!
Section Two: Controls
Although the game is keyboard compatible, it’s not keyboard friendly. For starters, key bindings cannot be remapped. As a laptop user, my arrow keys are squished; as my fingers get tired, it’s difficult to maintain precise control when my keys are half-sized and touching. I was not a fan of using “Z” interact and shoot when most games would use “Enter” or “Space”.
Additionally, there is “slow down” button. I struggled to dodge projectiles because I was forced to move a certain distance with every key press. Granted, this only becomes a problem if you collect too many “Speed Up” powerups, but “Speed Ups” are necessary to evade attacks from increasingly fast enemies. There were numerous times when I had to just tank oncoming damage because I knew if I tried to “dodge” my ship would smash into something else.
There is an unlockable “one-hand” mode, but by the time unlocked mouse controls I didn’t want to play anymore.
Section Two: Balance
To unlock all waifus, they must be challenged sort of in order. You’re given a choice between two waifus between “rounds”, but you still have to replay a significant amount of content to bounce back from defeat. Arcade mode will have you replay the full game for every shot at the last Gallery entry. Fortunately, Waifu Uncovered provides unlockable ships for replayability.
It’s a lot of fun watching each ship snowball into a different weapon of mass destruction as you accumulate power-ups.
The game can be challenging when you’re starting off with an un-upgraded ship, but the difficulty quickly falls off as soon as power-ups begin rolling down the screen. Enemies and bosses are highly predictable, making it possible to reliable dodge incoming attacks. Even if you’re faced with impossible to escape situations, your ship can take so many hits sometimes it’s possible to come out on top using invincibility frames after taking damage.
Chapter Three: Sexual Content (2/5★)
Section One: Content
There are eight unlockable images in the “Gallery”. Each of them features a naked woman in cosplay. Unfortunately, no genitalia are shown.
Section Two: Implementation
Completing “rounds” unlocks images in the “Gallery”.
Section Three: Interactivity
The images are not interactive.
Section Four: Content
The artwork is okay, but I think I’d have more arousing results if I just looked up “hentai” on Google Image Search. After searching “hentai” on Google, I can confirm assorted hentai thumbnails far surpasses the erotic quality of Waifu Uncovered‘s gallery.
Chapter Four: Story (2/5★)
Section One: Plot
Master K. Vaio has to “travel the world to defense the girls from hordes of silly aliens”. They “are infecting clothes . . . to turn them into hot but ugly aliens!”
Section Two: Characters
I have no idea why the main character is a “Horse Ninja savior” — I’m not even sure what his name is! I’m guessing it’s “Master K. Vaio”, but it’s not like he ever talks in the game. Sir Stretchalot – The Plight of the Elves also features a horse as a playable character, but at least the game makes it clear that horse’s name is “Horse”.
The “Ecchi Waifus” in the game each have a name and some background, but there’s no story telling so it’s all useless fluff. But “useless fluff” is a lot better than “no effort at all”!
Chapter Five: Sound (4/5★)
Section One: Soundtrack
There are a handful of action-packed sound tracks which do a great job. However, the game is dominated by only a few of those tracks, allowing them to grow stale over time.
Section Two: Sound Effects
The sound effects are where they should be. They get the job the done, not sure what else to say.
Section Three: Voice Acting
I enjoyed the voice clips while visiting the gallery and between “rounds”.
Chapter Six: Visuals (3/5★)
Section One: User-interface
I have no complaints about the functionality of the user-interface, but the graphical elements are hit or miss. Either One-Hand-Free Studios raided too many stock assets or they don’t know what “stylistic consistency” is. Typically, navigation has sort of a “hacker vibe”, but other times it’s more a dainty, fantasy theme with psychedelic visuals.
The Gallery is total trash. Bizarrely, a random filter is applied to unlock CGs when viewing them; I really don’t understand what this visual effect adds to the game.
Section Two: Graphics
Waifu Uncovered has a really zany aesthetic. It’s too “memey” for my tastes, but I have to admit the crazy enemies and boss fights carry a distinguishing, almost nostalgic vibe which set this game apart from others. I enjoyed all of the weird ass “troll faces” for enemies.
My only complaint is that projectiles can be hard to track against the bright backgrounds.
Chapter Seven: Verdict (3/5★)
Waifu Uncovered is fun the first time, it’s fun the second time with a new ship, but the replay value falls off by the third playthrough. I enjoyed the game but I wouldn’t want to be stuck playing for more than hour (which fortunately is about the length of “Normal” mode).
Waifu Uncovered does a lot of things right, but funnily enough “waifus” aren’t one of them. If you’re interested in sexy or erotic content, this game only disappoints. But as a shoot-’em-up, it’s a pretty solid quickie suitable for beginning players. If you’re really bad at the game, you can play “beginner mode” by purchasing the Waifu Uncovered – Exposed DLC!
Prevent enemies from spawning behind the player. Although the full screen is available for players to navigate, enemies will literally spawn on top of the player. Considering enemies spawn in nearly all areas of the screen, I don’t think it would be unfair if enemies didn’t spawn in such close proximity to the player — it’s dangerous enough leaving the bottom of the screen.