A bit over a month ago, the highly successful Chinese dating sim ‘Love & Producer‘ received an English release as ‘Mr Love: Queen’s Choice‘. The release seemed to happen overnight, and only in the United Kingdom, surprisingly many fans. As the weeks have gone by, developers Elex have announced plans for a worldwide release for late May. Now, I’m not sure if this was completely planned, but last Friday (3 May 2019) the game was randomly available on the Australian Google Play Store. I’m not complaining, again, just surprised! So far I’ve played through most of the first two chapters, and thought that would be a perfect point to write up a first impressions post.
The game follows you as the CEO of a media production company. You’ve just lost major funding, and only have enough to do one final episode of your show Miracle Finder. As you scramble to keep your company afloat, you begin hearing whispers of super humans.
At the time of writing this, I’m at about chapter 2, section 12, and I’m still really overwhelmed by all the game mechanics. The game is set up like a map, you click the hearts to read a chapter, and the clapperboard to do a challenge. In the challenge you use experts and gacha cards to meet the requirements. That part is reasonably straight forward, until we you have to start levelling up cards, experts and your company level. Now, when you do the gacha there’s a coin one and a gem one. I believe the gem one is the only one that guarantees an SR for the big pull (which does seem unfair). Whenever you do a pull you get some petals or a flower. You can redeem these for super rare and powerful cards.
I ended up doing a big pull with the coins and got the following cards. And was even more confused! As you can see below I got the following cards. However, only the R and NH cards now appear on my list of cards. I had a look around and found out that when I received the SR and SSR cards, I wasn’t actually receiving the cards. I only received 1/50 or 1/80 of them. I have to pull them another 49 or 79 times to actually get the card. What!!??
What I do like about the game is the social media aspect of it. Very similar to Mystic Messenger, players can text and receive calls from the guys. However, this game goes a step further allowing you to comment on social media posts as well. It’s really fun and adds a great interactive segment to the game. After communicating with a guy, affection points will rise. However, again, I’m not quite sure how this works. I’m not even sure if the story branches out to a specific guy at some point or not.
Let me just finish off by discussing some nitpick-y things that I noticed. First up, I couldn’t find a gallery for any CGs. Additionally, when a CG does pop up, the text box is at an awkward position (as you can see in the first picture). The English voice overs are really good. Although, I’m still unsure why they had to ‘westernise’ the character’s names. However, if one would like to download the Japanese voices it’s bit odd. You have to downloads the ‘chapters’ as one bulk set and then each character’s phone conversation as a set. So you pretty much have to download 5 sets of Japanese voice patches. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t implement one big bulk download. Also, I’m sure many players would also love to hear the original Chinese voices. I’d love to know why they aren’t available.
Finally, translation wise, the game is generally pretty good. However, I have noticed quite a few awkward phrasings. On top of awkward phrasings, sometimes the game will describe the actions/ ways in which people speak. Again, it just comes out as weird. You can see examples below:
While Mr Love: Queen’s Choice has a lot of hype surrounding the worldwide release, I don’t think the actual game meets the hype. The game itself is really confusing, even despite the constant tutorials. I’m really shocked at the gacha system, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a game which gives you ‘parts’ of an SR or SSR card. Finally, there’s a lot of small things that prevent the game from feeling polished. I don’t know if I’ll continue playing this game. After playing it over the weekend, it hasn’t really inspired any interest. Overall, I feel very ‘meh’ about it.