Despite the downright glacial development pace, it's pretty clear that the dev loves their game despite it being on the engine equivalent of a monkey's paw. I've been playing No Haven since easily 2017, before I found TFGames, and it's changed a lot over the years for the better. Hell, it's the only game I've managed to play on RAGS for an extended period of time, even when RAGS development itself went to shit.
That being said, I hope that the dev comes to the same realization that Monolith did when making Shadow of Mordor/War, and puts a little more emphasis on the real stars of the show, your slavers. The game itself can be boiled down to throwing dice at a man reading an incredibly British book, where he glances over his big round spectacles at the results and decides whether you get an interesting snippit and a candy or a kick to the nuts and a brief diatribe about how hard you fucked up with varying degrees of intensity and vinyl model theft. The game mostly thrives on your imagination to fill the gaps outside of those interesting snippits, and that's fine, because what is written is enough lore wise to be engaging.
But, to finish the review so it's not a million words long, this review is being made as of .962, and such a comment is subject to change, much like my older complaints (for example, it used to be waaay easier to lose a high value slaver, even on a success). On a good day, it's an 8/10 with solid, sometimes very cheesy writing, but on a bad day those cascading failures can feel like a 6/10. So, final review score of 7/10, but your mileage may vary depending on how much you like pulling the slot machine arm.
...Oh, and there's something about slavery too. It's lovingly built, lots of training types, only feminization so no building a giga-chad himbo yet, you'll probably forget about them once you put them on a role or sell them off. Most interesting bit in my opinion is the option to turn a slave into a slaver, which is a good reminder that even with the setting tone, it does run on porn logic, just hardcore BDSM porn logic. Enjoyable, doesn't take itself too seriously.
And make sure you save frequently, with different files in the same folder. It'll save a lot of hassle.
I'm curious how many people have lost their saves due to the slow loading through rags because of that start sequence ([Continue] > "I just want to load a save game." > "Do you want to save your current game")... "NO, as I have just selected, I just want to load a savegame!"
The game loads so slow sometimes especially when you've been playing the same save game for 30+ hours. So things start to blur together through the loading sequence and before you know it, you've saved over your game.
Honestly, I've played this game off and on over the years trying to like it(which believe me, there is A LOT to like), but the loading process and the over all games performance distracts too heavily to the point where you don't want to keep playing. You grind and grind and grind to try and get to certain parts because you've played it a lot but always seem to run into some serious problem or another. Honestly, the process to play this game plus the bright white constant screen is too painful. Even if you change your system settings for darker backgrounds and all that, then the images won't show up. Not that they are super important but for a game that is as text heavy as this, those images really are needed.
Rating: 5.5/10 because of constant negative experiences when playing this game.
... For the record, I actually really like RAGS, but I don't think it's the right engine for this game, not at all.
Good game sad is in the shit engine RAGS.
Thank you, I really enjoyed your game No Haven.
I encountered only a few minor errors.