Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim Review

Introduction

Kaichu is a dating sim about kaiju!  You play the role of Gigachu, a gigantic romantic looking for love.  Meet six other eligible kaiju and visit twenty-four famous landmarks where Gigachu will answer challenging compatibility questions to decide the fate of your relationship.

Review

Gigachu, a 100 metre tall radioactive dinosaur has arrived on our shores and is searching for love, in a very destructive way.

There are three acts per romantic story arc, and there are six Kaiju to woo, so there’s no time to waste!  Walk around the map, visit well-known historical locations and go on a date with with your chosen companion.  Answer compatibility questions, and leave destruction in your wake for every successful date.

You can save your progress as often as you like and there are six save slots for each of the very different Kaiju.

The story is told by two news casters who follow the romance whenever it leads, and one news caster is able to speak the language of the heart, and translates the burning questions of the companion.  The word privacy comes to mind though…

The questions get a little more difficult as you go through each act.  But the game still wants you to succeed, so it’s very difficult to actually fail on any of the dates.

Act three is just a ‘boss’ fight, where you fail on the first try, no matter how you answer the questions, then you go again for round two, which then ends that romantic story arc – then it’s just a case of rinse and repeat to date all six Kaiju.  A very simple game with very simple controls.  

There are no spoken words, you need to read through the dialogue, and read through the questions, to then choose your answer with an emotion; thumbs up, not fussed (that’s the emotion I saw it as anyway), or thumbs down.

Aside from a few spelling/grammar errors in the dialogue captions, it was a fun game and on my first try without even trying I achieved 13/16 of the trophies.  So getting the platinum shouldn’t take that long, and once you’ve played through the first romance story, a lot of the dialogue is repeated, which can be skipped.

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 10.

Pros:

  • Fun game with interesting and varied characters
  • Short, as it can can a little repetitive (which you’d expect)
  • Cute story-telling – who doesn’t enjoy a love story?

Cons:

  • A few spelling/grammar errors

Summary

Cute, short game with interesting and varied characters. Fun to play, though felt a little anti-climactic after successfully dating all the companions, however, I still enjoyed it.

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Game & Developer Information

Developer Website: Squiddershins
Developer Socials: Twitter
Publisher Website: Top Hat Studios
Publisher Socials: Twitter
PSN Store Links: £7.99/€9.99 Europe / $9.99 North America
Trophy Information: 16. 40-platinum 1 / Gold 10 / Silver 4 / Bronze 1

Images – https://kaichu.ju.mp/

Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim – Official Trailer

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