Ecchi Mery and the Perils of the Cosmic Shrine! [Adult Content Warning] Review

ecchi-mery-iconEcchi Mery and the Perils of the Cosmic Shrine! is one of the latest H-RPG games released by Publisher MangaGamer. It was also developed by the doujin circle group, Anagura. The RPG features two playable characters, Mery and Mary, as they delve down a mysterious dungeon in the town of Cipagnu to pass a trial and have Mery graduate from her Magic Academy back in her homeland. It’s a game developed in RPGMaker VX and has a tonne of custom scripts that alter the gameplay experience completely.

The storyline in Ecchi Mery is a very simple one that is told mostly at the beginning of the game, but it does develop a little over the course of the game through the gameplay. In Ecchi Mery, the player assumes the role of Mery, a student at some kind of Magic Academy back in her homeland, and her maid, Mary. The two of them head out across the ocean to Cipagnu, a country that seems very Japanese in nature, as they look for a mysterious relic. This relic is needed to prove that Mery is worthy of passing her test at the Magic Academy.

Mary and Mery arrive at Cipagnu, which gives control over the characters to the player, and explore the town and their surroundings. Afterwards, they head into the towns Shrine, which is essentially a 30 floor dungeon, and meet with some bandits sharing their same goal of pillaging the towns relic. After a brief confrontation, Mery gets raped (figuratively, and literally), which pretty much kicks off the main story of the game. After their defeat, they look for new ways to get stronger, and to ultimately take on the dungeon and claim the relic laying at the end.

The town in Cipagnu is called Hinaya Village, and it’s where the player will be spending all of their time with the game that isn’t spent in the towns shrine. Hinaya is essentially the games hub for learning new skills, leveling up, resting and progressing the story. After Mery’s rape at the hands of bandits, Mary and herself explore the town for information and new skills. Mery can learn new skills at the towns temple, located on the far left of the upper half of the town, and Mary can learn martial arts at the ninja dojo in the upper part of town.

Interestingly, leveling up in Ecchi Mery doesn’t really achieve too much. Instead, players will find themselves attaining attribute points to spend by killing creatures in the shrine. These points are spent in a house in the lower section of Hinaya to the right. Interestingly, you’re given a whole variety of attributes to spend points on, but I found that a lot of them were ultimately meaningless in the end. I found that the best build to use to steamroll Ecchi Mery was to build the players speed up by around 40ish points, stack defence until it’s about 90 (in total, so + armour bonuses) and stack the rest on attack power. For the final fight, you’ll also need around 30ish points or more put into magic defence.

Both Mery and Mary specialise in different areas, or at least, that’s how I assume the developers intended the characters to function. Mery learns a tonne of spells over her time in the game, if you choose to buy them from the temple, while Mary is a melee fighter and only learns three skills from the Ninja dojo. However, in order to build Mery into a capable spellcaster, you’d need to stack points into magic attack, speed, defence, and mana. For Mary, to be viable, she only needs Attack, speed and defence attributes. However, considering that your mana stacks at one mana point per point spent, to be a viable spellcaster it costs way more than to take the minor hit to damage dealt and make Mery into an attack type as well. In the end, by leveling normally and upgrading equipment, you end up with more than enough MP anyway, and the passive spells stack your attack as well, which makes a pure attack build much better.

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As a hentai game, Ecchi Mery has 30 sex scenes in total to unlock as you progress through the game. Some of these are unlocked by being defeated by certain enemies, being defeated in general, or by talking to the right NPC’s are the right time. For example, before Mery can undertake training for skills, she must prove her purity as a maiden by giving herself to the monk at the temple. Another example is that both Mary and Mery can work in a brothel as sex workers after a certain amount of floors have been cleared in the games dungeon. Even more, there are some storyline moments that also have the girls sexing up the place. However, you’ll probably be seeing Mery in rape scenes early on, due to having to grind attribute points to steamroll the game later. The shrine dungeon has 30 floors, and a different rape scene every 10 levels in.

One of the more interesting parts about this game is that it was built on the RPG Maker VX game engine. This might sound like it makes the game less interesting or fun to play, but this is not so. It seems that the team behind Ecchi Mery have put in considerable effort to introduce custom scripts and elements into the game to really shake it up from competing games built on the platform. I really liked that a hovering minimap was introduced into the game, as well as custom menus and mouse control. While I ended up using the keyboard for gameplay, it just feels more natural for retro-esque games, it was nice that the option was there.

Considering that Ecchi Mery was built on RPGMaker VX, the visual style is much more in line with older RPG games, like Chrono Trigger, for example. However, the team have gone through the effort of using digital art for the sex-scenes that pop up, which are pretty detailed. The game also has, what I believe is, a custom battle system, supplanting the default one included in the engine. The battle system itself isn’t all that difficult to use or learn, but I liked that it didn’t move players to a different map, and instead just kind of overlayed the battle above the existing screen.

The audio work in this game is pretty good considering that this is a doujin, or fan, game. I was surprised that the game was voiced in some parts, as well as having a soundtrack that reminded me of .hack// in some areas. However, it does use the default RTP sound effects in some cases. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s something that you can pick out if you’ve dabbled in RPG Maker in the past.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time with Ecchi Mery and the Perils of the Cosmic Shrine. It’s a quick little RPG that got me thinking about the mechanics of the game, while providing a nice and perverted alleviation to every day life. I also think that the game could work as a hentai anime series, but for now, enjoy the game for what it is. Fun.

Rating: 7.5/10

Ecchi Mery and the Perils of the Cosmic Shrine is released by MangaGamer and developed by Anagura. The title is adults only, and there is no all-ages version. This review is based on the PC release supplied by MangaGamer. It is purchasable on their site for ~$10.

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