Adult-orientated games are not new. Whether it’s bad language, violence or nudity, games have enough credibility to present the player with a tapestry of adult content in the same fashion as movies. However, adult dating sims on console are still quite rare, and this Nirvana Pilot Yume review will address the reasons why. Nirvana Pilot Yume is certainly an interesting game, but not a particularly great one.
Nirvana Pilot Yume is a text-based adventure. However, it may well be very different to other text adventures you’ve played. The likes of Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect and The Letter: A Visual Horror Novel may offer branching paths depending on your choices, but Nirvana Pilot Yume throws in some action scenes alongside all of the dialogue.
The backstory to the game is a series of sci-races with two pilots. One, the physical pilot within the ‘Ultra-Ship’, and the other known as the ‘Eye’. The Eye is located elsewhere, and communicates telepathically with the pilot is relation to obstacles on the track. You, as the Eye, will occasionally play these races. The outcome which will determine your ‘nirvana sync’ with your pilot.
While Nirvana Pilot Yume is quite subtle about it at first, the ultimate goal of all this racing and syncing is to get your pilot(s) into bed. Yeah, bit of a curve ball there, eh? There are three women that attempt to build a relationship with you in the game, and your ultimate goal is to achieve sexual intercourse with one of them. Despite appearances, Nirvana Pilot Yume is less of a text-based adventure and more of an adult dating simulator. With racing tacked-on, for some reason.
The racing is actually quite enjoyable, if deceptively difficult. The low-poly presentation suggests at first that the racing will be simple in comparison to attempting to pursue your relationships. However, nothing could be further from the truth. After just a couple of races you’ll find the difficulty ramps up significantly. You’re only given a handful of attempts before the story moves on, clocking-in a loss automatically.
Nirvana Pilot Yume is a game that puts across a different perspective to most text adventures on console. It’s adult themes concern themselves more with sexual relationships than violence or horror. This in itself isn’t cause for concern. However, while the decision to introduce additional mechanics looks good on paper, it has proven a misstep in practice. Having originally debuted back in 2020 before being delisted, one might have wondered if the developers decided to attempt to greater integrate the gameplay with the text-adventure. Sadly, this was not the case. Throughout this Nirvana Pilot Yume review the game appeared as two disparately separate experiences, neither of which is top tier.