A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No positive, negative messages promoted.
Positive Role Models
No central protagonist. Story involves brave women who work together to take over various wards in a postapocalyptic Tokyo, trying to stop riots, but they dress, act very suggestively.
Ease of Play
Turn-based strategy isn't very difficult to learn, but lack of clear instructions, convoluted story, subtitled English mean player will likely perform trial and error to get the hang of it.
Violence & Scariness
Not overly graphic, but some drops of blood seen on some battle scenes (even though it's mostly dialogue-driven), nondescript "fight cloud" animation during some exchanges with opponents.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains suggestive and/or sexual material, including most female characters that wear outfits that reveal very large amounts of cleavage; large breasts that bounce; partial buttock view (with close-up camera shots), barebacked girls getting tattooed (and moaning suggestively). Story references pornography.
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"Bitch," "ass" appear in dialogue.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character mentions being "tipsy," is seen lying among champagne bottles.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents should know that Tokyo Tattoo Girls is a turn-based strategy game. It has some questionable material for young teens: Many female characters are wearing very suggestive clothing, displaying large amounts of cleavage (with exaggerated bouncing of breasts) and partial buttocks under short miniskirts, and moaning while getting their backs tattooed (and showing some breast from the side), and there are some references to being in a pornographic film. While it's light on violence, with some battles that may result in some blood on the screen, it also has references and imagery tied to consuming alcohol, a dice-gambling mini-game, and some light profanity, including words like "bitch" and "ass."
Is It Any Good?
Despite the accessible strategy (that's similar to the board game Risk) and interesting artwork (including the tattoos themselves), there isn't much to this game. Between the convoluted (and ridiculous) story, subtitled dialogue, little action, and short gameplay that can be completed in a couple of hours, it isn't worth your time and money. The gameplay involves accumulating protection cash, then using the money in a ward to purchase an action, such as growing your army, increasing your honor, or reducing the odds of being detected by enemies (which can result in a turf war). But battles are really just dialogue exchanges with bosses, which is anticlimactic; based on your stats, you'll win or you won't. If you win, that ward joins your army, with the overall goal to take over the entire city. Again, there isn't any action in this game, so it will likely bore most players.
As mentioned, there isn't much here -- unless, of course, you enjoy looking at provocatively dressed young girls, whose private parts are almost always exposed, and with suggestive camera angles and close-ups that make it feel like a pornographic cartoon at times. When you give the girls a tattoo to upgrade, they lay topless on the table (exposing their bare back, but with some breast and buttock seen, too) and they moan erotically as the work is being done. Overall, this is one forgettable title.
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