At times there are games that I load up in my Switch that I can’t really understand, either that I’m not sure what the developer’s goal was, or who it’s really being made for, among other things. When it comes to Nirvana Pilot Yume you can put me down for roughly all the above. There’s a weirdo sci-fi visual novel aspect to it, though more often than not the lack of almost any nuance or depth in the game’s characters make that a tough leg to stand on. Then there’s the somewhat retro racing aspect, which perhaps could have made it all worthwhile, but the controls aren’t just limited for it, they’re almost a complete mess. With brakes that seem to take an eternity to have any effect and steering that would best be described as poor, the result is a feeling that completing any given course has been more of an exercise in memorizing the course and having the stubborn willingness to keep slogging on more than skill. The result is a hot mess, and though perhaps having some of the female characters flaunting themselves in skimpy outfits and posing may garner interest for some I’d even say that’s a miss. It’s creepy enough to likely put off most but also then doesn’t likely go far enough to satisfy the people who may crave that sort of thing. Even at a low-budget price I’d still consider it a pass.
Justin Nation, Score: