Welcome to our Conception Plus: Maidens of the 12 Stars review. As you may have guessed by the title this is very much a game that features Conception which in this case is used to help save the world rather than just the purpose of a good time and creating children.
- Conception Plus: Maidens Of The 12 Stars
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
- Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
- Developer: Spike Chunsoft
- Publisher: Spike Chunsoft
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: November 8th, 2019
- Price: £49.99 (U.K) $59.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 16 (U.K) M (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
Taking on the role of a high school student character named Itsuki, by default and simply referred to as God’s Gift by NPCs and in game voice acting, players start off at school where the main character is called up to the roof by his cousin, Mahiru, who informs him that she believes she may be pregnant despite not having had sex with anybody. Suddenly the pair are sucked into the sky and transported to a mysterious world known as Granvania where they meet an odd looking creature called Mana who helps them piece together the puzzle of what is going on before its finally revealed. From this point on the story starts to make sense and although wild and completely strange in place it’s not too hard to follow.
The premise of Conception Plus: Maidens Of The 12 Stars is a rather simple one that sees you create Star Children who help you out in dungeons by fighting the many creatures you’ll come across. Creating these children is done via a ritual (sex, that’s apparently not sex) with each of the game’s 12 Star Maidens who are heavily involved the story.
Produced Star Children each have their own strengths and level caps and once one becomes as strong as possible they can be sent off to work out in Granvania although this means they will no longer be in your party for fighting.
A dating sim mechanic is also at play in Conception Plus with the player able to chat to each of the 12 star Maidens as and when they want although it is limited to five each game week. A deep mechanic this sees the players engaging in ways that can either improve a Star Maiden’s mood or worsen it. The better your bond with a maiden the stronger the produced Star Child or children will be and therefore more combat classes will become available.
The game has several labyrinths which all form part of the story and each one has a seal that can only be broken by Star Children. Each one is full of challenging enemies and boss fights although admittedly there’s not much to these similarly shaped dungeons which do get boring after a while. Unfortunately the layouts just feel too generic and there’s no real shape variation to each one.
Another place where things get tiresome is the battles which often have you fighting the same things over and over again in what feels like an endless loop of repetitive boring-ness. There are some elements that feel good though such as the ability for each group of children to combine to make one kick ass machine that can be used for a few turns per battle. I also like how each group of children shares health and magic but other than that the fights are boring.
The battles are performed in a turn based style with each character set taking their turn in an order. Initiating a fight is as simple as running into an enemy although if they run into you while your back is turned they get the advantage.
Outside the labyrinths things in Granvania are explored using a menu system as opposed to being on foot which means you don’t really feel too connected to what this otherwise wonderful town has to offer. Navigating through the menu allows you to switch between places such as the Academy, the Church, and your room where you sleep and save the game when in Granvania.
In conclusion Conception Plus: Maidens of the 12 Stars is a game that takes an idea and tries to make something of it but unfortunately fails in a few places. It gets repetitive and boring quite fast and whilst the story is strong I just felt times where I couldn’t be bothered to carry on.
That concludes our Conception Plus: Maidens of the 12 Stars review. To purchase the game on PlayStation 4 check out the links below.