[ THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO MY GOOD OLD FRIEND RAZUL DARKWOOD!]
“Rizel Mineseeker” is an unlicensed Game Boy Advance title based on the Rizelmine series. I have knowledge only of the Rizelmine animated adaptation, which I think was a pretty bland show, although quite heartwarming at times. It had that one joke that made me really, really laugh and I still find it quite amusing even to this day. The main character Rizelmine has a pretty unique look to herself due to those silly hair accessories which I love quite a lot. You don’t really see such design being implemented all that often nowadays in anime, but then again, I haven’t been watching or let alone reading manga all that much of recent years.
I was quite excited about there being an unlicensed game with an adult themed elements on the family friendly GBA system. I didn’t know what to expect from “Rizel Mineseeker”, but I loved the silly pun they used in the title nevertheless. This game, in a few words, is sort of a minesweeper clone, a bit watered down in terms of gameplay and difficulty, with CGs that you can unlock.
The main objective in this game is to reveal and disable all the mines in the field. You need to place flags on them and then open the space the flag is on in order to do that. Fields vary in size and mines in numbers, with two different modes that you can choose from the menu.
In the second mode, which I think is the standard one, you get randomly generated fields. It usually shuffles through two different sizes, but the mines are always randomly placed on the fields. I could be wrong though and maybe there are just a lot of premade sets that they’ve input into the game. I’ve thought about researching this but… something tells me it’s not going to be worth my time. If anything, I have that familiar feeling that I’ll end up being wrong about my suspicions. You can place flags freely in this game and there is no penalty for not placing and opening them on spaces with mines. Apart from a few lost seconds I guess… Your cursor also covers up to seven spaces, with a number showing you how many mines are located within’ them. Quite the unique idea, but the lack of punishment for placing and opening spaces with flags incorrectly could have used a bit more of a tuning. You can open up every space that the cursor covers as long as there are no mines present. The fields are also made of hexagons rather than squares, which is yet another unique thing to this game. Working your way through the edges of a field is a pretty good approach, if not, the best really. If you open a mine without a flag on it in this mode, it’s game over. Clear each type of field size once and you get a cute CG for each, with a total number of two.
The first option, which I think is a story mode, lets you play through a sequence of various fields. This is the mode that awards you with actual erotic images of Rizelmine and some of the other female characters from the show. It’s more of the same like the standard mode, but the timer here actually matters. It standard mode, the timer is just there, counting how much you take your time to complete said field. In story mode, it goes down and if you don’t find every mine in time, it’s Game Over and an unpleasant start from the beginning, potentially. ALSO, mines here don’t kill you! Talk about making matter even easier! However, the timer for the first few levels is pretty tight, with that ONE level being especially picky about it! What’s weird is that after you beat that level, the next few levels have a huge time limits, letting you take a breather before the ultimate final of the game… which just takes you to the main menu after you get yet another erotic Rizelmine image. There is a menu where you can view everything you’ve unlocked and… that’s about it. This game is pretty simple, with a certain unique look to it. I could argue about it’s replay value, which doesn’t go too far apart from killing a few minutes on the standard mode. What this game lacks is an actual challenge and even if you limit yourself with the unlimited, unpunishable flag usage, it is still a cakewalk. In the end, this game shines mostly about the fact that it is an unlicensed adult game that made its way into the GBA library.
Also, holy smokes did it take me a while to dig through dead links and torrents to get my hands on it…