Cellular Shift

Author: patternonthepants
Version: 0.3.0
Last Updated: 2021-04-30 20:11:30


Review by TotallySane
Version reviewed: 0.3.0 on 2021-05-03 14:49:59

Really positively surprised by this. Like the previous review said, the choices are few and far between, but it's not actually only 3, that was hyperbolic. There is a decent amount of content so short after release. Personally I can whole heartedly recommend it. The story and characters make it for me.


Review by DylanCorp
Version reviewed: 0.3.0 on 2021-05-01 02:59:15

This is not a game. It's a VN with like, 3 "choices", in order to call it a, "game,"  If you want an actual game, look elsewhere.  If you're a fan of VN that pretend to be games and lead you to believe your choices mean anything at all, when in all actuality, they don't...this is it for you.  Not a game. A VN that pretends to be a game so it can be posted on game sites.  Do not waste you're time if your expecting a game.


Review by aegis7
Version reviewed: 0.1 on 2021-03-03 20:54:41

It's an odd game. I'd say it's less of a TG visual novel, and more of a visual novel that happens to have a TG in it. The actual TG happens very quickly and is brushed past in short order by the plot and the characters.

While the change is technically involentary, the MC adapts to it so quickly that can literally enter a M/F relationship within 2 days of it happening, and is happy to go along with any "girly" activity as they come up, up to and including entering a volunteer stripping show. Another female character is actually much more timid about wearing a revealing bikini than the (I stress again recently) TG'd MC. I know this is probably a personal taste thing, I just want to let others know that this game doesn't feature any kind of struggle to adapt, in case that's what you're looking for.

The other issue with it is that it kind of undercuts the TG parts of this story, leaving it with just the crime/intrigue story, which doesn't really stand up on it's own. It's kinda generic, and we really aren't given much to go on despite frequent cutaways to other characters. No real stakes have been established, so it's kind of hard to care about it. There is a tenous link to the main cast, but it goes unconfirmed, at least in this version.

There is one other story issue that irks me, albeit minorly. Everyone seems to know everyone else. It's a bit of a copout, and ends up making the world seem really small.

Ultimately, this is a game with vestigial and kinda underutilized TG elements, and an intrigue plot that just didn't grab me. Might be worth checking out once the intrigue plot is more developed, but don't bother playing it for the TG elements.


Review by efindumb
Version reviewed: 0.1 on 2021-03-03 17:59:56

It's early, but it has a lot of potential for the future. You already mentioend futa content, having that might turn this game from a simple love/myster/sex game into something with a lot of comedy and has potential avenues that feed off of that: pregnancy, fetishes, embarrassing situations etc.

 

The artwork grew on me, it's a little rough at times but it's also not so bad. I'd love some more definition to the bodies in the form of hair and aeriola but that's alright down the road. I like 3d renders more, but this is one of the better designed 2d art games on here. Congratulations, you did a great job.


Review by Illanya
Version reviewed: 0.1 on 2021-03-03 09:59:10

Very good story, aside from treating the main char POV as it is, there are plenty of stories playing it the background (scenes you get the see as a player, or information you get while the main is watching the news) that that seem to interweave with the main characters circle of friends in ways that make his life seem a lot more interesting as it might seem to be in the bit of slicey of life kind of style the story starts.

Characters so far a quite worked out in both looks and scenery too. I like the assets used, even if they are borrowed from other games. I prefer these much over a lot of the 3d renderers you see a lot lately on this site that make people look weird at best. But that could just be my personal preference as wel.

Looking forward to what future updates might bring.