Old review here
I've been following the game for a while, it has advanced much in some ways, but in others it has come to a grinding halt and stagnated for ages.
It has about as much content as it did when it first popped up,a little more, but not much. At the pace development is proceeding it's really no longer worth following.
I rate it a "meh".
New review here.
The transformations are obtuse, what you think should happen, doesn't. The storylines are just out there with little to no resolution even after YEARS. Honestly, at this point I think it's just a cash grab. The more money the author gets on Patreon the less content you get. Oh but but lots of updates, to the back end and bug fixes, great. Awesome, so basically shit we can't see, don't experience, and probably means nothing to 90% of the players on the regular.
I keep coming back to this game, there's something enjoyable about a slow transformation that allows you to go in any direction you want. Breasts? Hips? Eyes? Hair? Reach the type, size, length, color, or whatever else by choosing, rather than having it chosen for you. Better yet, there's a slight mystery of transformative agents - both physical and mental - used to create the ideal resort workers, with a slightly perverted twist.. or full on obscene if you want!
So, overall, the scenes are great. Unlike other developers, this one has no added any BGM or SFX. This is an excellent choice, since for these type of games, it does nothing. The images are great. The choices are clear and the consequences almost immediate. So, if you're the type that wants to truly choose your own adventure, this is one of those games that actually lets you do that. Unlike those games that give you the illusion of choice, this one really puts you into the shoes of an average guy faced with the shattered reality of being in the wrong gender. Do you panic? Do you carry on trying to unravel why this has happened to you? Whom can you trust? Or do you let go and simply try to have fun? The choices are yours to make. Lots of replayability if you want to explore all the different paths and events.
I do agree that development has been slow, and most of it has been bugfixes. Similarly, some CGI doesn't reflect changes like green hair color, some sex scenes don't take into account every breast/hips/hair/eye color/tan/clothing combo, so obviously the immersion won't be perfect, but at least the shower scenes and mirror work well to show your changes, again, apart from the green hair color. So, with more content it will definitely be something grand, but like with all games, it takes love and effort to make something truly great, so yes, do check out the updates log before deciding to download, and do let the author know how you feel about the new additions.
As of the latest few updates, willpower was added which I believe is great. Everyone can be worn down, and as your mental state changes, some actions combined with your physical state - aroused, inebriated, etc - can truly make some actions harder to fight, and as your indoctrination increases, perhaps you will find yourself less likely to not give your best when doing your work. Simple on the outside, this will add some balancing that you will need to keep in mind if you choose a specific style of play. Even a good girl can spread her legs with enough alcohol in her.
This game has good potential and has an interesting story. I want to see where it goes.
That said, read the changelog before you download it.
When we see an update, we expect to see new content. That's not a guarantee with this game. A lot of the updates are improving things behind the curtain. This is very much an "in development" game. The updates are less "I have new content for you" than they are "I fixed some things, let me know if you run into any bugs I missed".
Hopefully, when he's able to have a solid foundation built, he can add content. If you're not interested in being a playtester, read the changelog to see if it's worth downloading.
I's been years I have been following this game and trying every new version - I think the first I tried ended with a velociraptor atttack.
I still appreciate this game, it is well done and it feels like it has great potential but it has felt that way for years.
Every update seems to remove content and adding a bit here and there, it's not really visible where all this is going.
Looking back on years of downloading and trying new versions leaves me feeling a bit frustrated.
Interns of Ecstasy Island does a number of things right. The game makes good use out of Honey Select models, and allows you to meaningfully roleplay a couple different kinds of characters. The transformation in particular is well handled.
Overall though, the game struggles. It feels very unfocused. The player is left to decide for themselves what they're supposed to do after their transformation, but none of the options are satisfying. Trying to investigate what happened to you just kind of trails off into nothing, and the events that let you customize your character are so obtuse that you're unlikely to find them without a walkthrough. Perhaps the best option is to play the game as a psuedo dating sim and try to seduce whatever characters you find attractive, but at that point you might as well just play an actual dating sim or read a romance visual novel.
The game still lacks content despite four years of updates and a patreon account. That issue may eventually be fixed, but the game also has serious structural issues. Many events of the game are heavily randomized, including very important ones. I suspect that the intent was to create replay value, but the game is very dull on the reread. Unlike something like The Masculine Mystique where the game branches out into multiple paths, Interns of Ecstasy Island is strictly linear, with pretty much everything unfolding the exact same way no matter what you do. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, you can still make a great game even if its totally linear, but the idea of rereading it is akin to immediately rereading a book from page 1 the moment you've finished it. The quality of the book is irrelevant, it isn't going to be that enjoyable.
There's some well written scenes and fun characters buried in this game, but the process of trying to get to them is fairly frustrating. If you're desperate for a TG-focused game you can play on Android, it might fill the niche, but I can't say much more positive than that.