Posted by: ZenithTheOne 6 July 2016
Ever dream of leaving your home and fending off hoards of horny women hungry for your bodily juices every step of the way? If your answer is “Yeah, I’ve always dreamed of that!” then Zell23’s 2D action platformer Forest of the Blue Skin might just be what you’ve been looking for all this time.
If you’re anywhere near as ingrained into the hobby of playing erotic Japanese games as I am, you might have noticed a very common trend when it comes platformers representing that genre. The gameplay in them usually revolves around avoiding varied obstacles and occasionally getting “rewarded” with sex after getting hit too many times, losing a life or outright getting a “game over” screen. The problem with that kind of gameplay design is that if you are skilled enough to battle your way through these challenges, you won’t get to experience most of the erotic content a game has to offer. I don’t think I have to explain how counter intuitive that is when one of the main draws of your product is to entice the gamer with some steamy sex scenes.
Forest of the Blue Skin, the game that sounds like an ’80s horror B movie, tries to mix up this tired and old formula by having the sex serve as both an obstacle and something you use as a means of jumping through hurdles to reach your goal.
As another small preface, I do have to note that despite the game being fairly far along in development and having a stable release marked with 1.08, Forest of the Blue Skin is still a ways from being a complete game with an ending. As such, all of my impressions will be based on how complete version 1.08 is. If you’re reading this article after new versions have been released, you might get a totally different experience out of it than I did. Let’s check out why this forest smells like semen and pussy juice and if it’s worth venturing into.
Every enemy in the game is out to eat or fuck you, not necessarily in always the same order.
At first glance, Forest of the Blue Skin looks and plays like a moderately standard 2D action platformer, with tight controls and enemies with even tighter monster girl genitalia. What sets it apart from other games of this type that you might’ve already played is the purpose of battling these cute female critters. Instead of thinking of them as mere obstacles to be put down on the way to some distant, elusive goal, the girls in FOB are actually your goal. You’re free to think of this game like Pokemon, only instead of throwing poke balls at your weakened foes, you throw your own balls into the mix. Not literally, of course, since that’d warrant a “guro” tag.
Unlike Pokemon, however, defeating and especially capturing all manner of beasts in the Forest of the Blue Skin is no easy task, requiring a lot of thinking outside of the box. The enemies you encounter early on will be yours to capture by simply knocking them down with a few well-placed hits, whereas the others will not only demand a lot of wit and experimentation, but also the use of skills that you acquired from previously beaten enemies or found hidden throughout the game’s many areas. Some girls become capturable when they see you having sex and purposely putting yourself in harm’s way, others become aroused when you masturbate (being one of the acquired skills) in front of them or unload your “sexual frustration” right over their bodies. Currently, there aren’t that many skills to acquire and use, but I’m sure as the game gets closer to completion you will see them being meticulously added.
Using your slime waifu as a shield against incoming enemies is one way to form a relationship
All the skills and items granting you access to hidden areas — be they abilities that allow easier platform traversing or ones that help you capture girls — are easily accessible and equipable via a pause menu, so there’s no danger of accidentally getting raped when selecting the right skill set for a daunting situation. While figuring out clever ways to capture your targets, you’ll want to go back to strategically saving orbs to records your progress and automatically heal up. Getting yourself hit and sexually abused becomes part of the experimentation process, and with it, your life will be slowly drained to zero. Save often, otherwise you will be seeing the screen below more than you’d ever like.
When you’re done messing around with collecting capricious critters and finding hidden secrets, you can always go back to the starting area and your very own monster girls zoo, in which you can freely sex up your captives without fear of neither rape nor death. It’s a lot easier to jack it when you don’t need to watch out for your own mortality.
Perfectly domesticated cum sluts
Having seen games both better and worse than this, I can safely say that Forest of the Blue Skin falls strictly into the middle-of-the-road category as far as visuals and sound design goes. The game’s presentation uses pixel graphics for everything, from the backgrounds to the character sprites. The last element deserving of praise would be well-executed sex animations and their lovely amount of detail. Even though the game clearly uses stock music and sounds, I can’t really say they grate at your mind and drive you to slam the mute button. Overall, I would say the game looks and sounds nice, but doesn’t do nearly enough to be truly impressive.
Forest of the Blue Skin can be downloaded and played completely free of charge from this link. Zell23 updates his games on a quite regular basis, so be sure to save that link for further exploitation. If you’re familiar with Japanese and would like to be kept up to date on the latest developments, Zell23 also has a blog you can follow.
I’m really curious where the developer is going to take this game and if it will ultimately have an end goal other than creating your own monster girl harem. Not that your own personal harem of monster girls is such a bad thing, of course.