It doesn’t matter how you want to look at it, the Senran Kagura games have only one major aim. It’s all about making everything that a group of anime girls do look at as suggestive and enticing as possible, nothing more than that. In Senran Kagura Peach Ball on Nintendo Switch, this same premise is applied to a pinball game dressed up in cutesy outfits, bright colors, and just about every lewd anime trope you can think of. There might be an audience for this kind of thing, but does that mean it comes together into a solid game? Not unless you’re ok with gawking at anime girls the entire time.
Senran Kagura Peach Ball plays as straight forward as any other digital pinball game out there. You’re constantly trying your best to keep the pinball in play and hit various switches and objects that score you points. You need to keep the ball from dropping below the bumpers or you’ll lose the game. It’s simple and easy to get into. At the same time, it’s everything else with the visuals and characters on the board that make Senran Kagura Peach Ball a little different.
Everything is colorful, loud, and tries to project a cute yet seductive vibe. A giant anime girl in a skimpy animal outfit sits at the top and hitting her with the ball scores you points and causes her to moan. Other objects on the board add to this, scoring you points and changing her poses, but you’re essentially hitting the girl the with the ball most of the time.
It can’t be understated just how “in your face” the game is with its projected sexiness and lewd demeanor with the characters. Hitting the giant anime girl and scoring enough points on the board allows you to enter a Super Sexy Challenge that helps you score even more points and puts the girls in even more suggestive situations. One of which has you hitting the pinball on their giant breasts in an attempt to change their form back to normal girls, which ends with them appearing almost naked. If this isn’t something you like watching, then you’re not going to like anything about Senran Kagura Peach Ball. Gawking at the girls and their ridiculous breast physics is part of the experience. Not everyone is going to be entertained by that.
The game has a story mode that attempts to put together a narrative for why these girls are in sexy animal outfits, but it’s as shallow as you might expect. The dialogue is silly and the design of every girl outside of the pinball board is outrageous. The majority of attention is on their giant breasts, even when they’re standing still and not talking at all.
You can go through story mode with each of the girls and have varying degrees of dialogue and events, but they each play out in the same way with their gameplay and plot. If you don’t want to play through the story, there is still a Free Mode you can get into that focuses only on the pinball gameplay. It’s identical to what you find in Story Mode, but without any plot or cutscenes.
Like other Senran Kagura games you can purchase items to dress up the girls and admire them in the Dressing Room, as well as other extras you can look at in the game’s Gallery. The creepy part of this is the intimacy mode where you can touch and massage the girls after you’ve dressed them up. For anybody, this might be uncomfortable and borderline creepy with how much freedom it allows you to interact with the girls.
There’s also a diorama section where you can place the girls in different settings, with different ones that can be unlocked by playing the game or purchasing them in the Shop. Most of what you can unlock is a bit expensive and will require you to play a lot, but all of it is obtainable by simply playing through each mode.
Senran Kagura Peach Ball can be awkward to play if you’re not into sexy anime girl appearing constantly on your screen. The pinball aspects of it are simple and easy to dive into, but everything else built around it might make some people feel uncomfortable. It can be argued the boldness and abundance of suggestive themes overshadow the rest of the game, but if you aren’t bothered by the overly sexualized girls then you might find some entertainment playing through the different modes. But if you aren’t into gazing at sexy anime girls wearing lewd outfits or seeing over-the-top breast physics at work, the rest of the game won’t be enough. In that case, this isn’t the game for you.
This review was based on a digital review code of Senran Kagura Peach Ball for the Nintendo Switch, provided by XSeed Games.