I was thrilled to be asked to review The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 – Prelude, as I’m a fan of Lupie Soft’s art. The plot of The Reject Demon: Toko is indeed interesting. There’s definitely a different take on the mythology of heaven, hell, and how they interact with humans on earth.
When a human is destined to die, the demons ferry their souls to the afterlife. The Reject Demon: Toko is the story of Toko herself, a demon who has been kicked out of hell. Toko cannot ferry human souls to the underworld, and every day she stays on earth has her becoming increasingly human.
The main character is Toko, a succubus who can’t seem to do her job as a soul ferrier. She’s failed from day one, and because of it she’s been booted from hell. Despite being a succubus with a sexy getup, she’s very shy to the point of being prudish in comparison to other succubi. Cuddles give her enough sexual energy to keep her going. As for who cuddles her…
Nadia is a the first human that Toko was supposed to ferry, at a young age for them both. Since that didn’t work out, Nadia has grown into a healthy young woman attending college. Her school happens to be a hellmouth, which reminds me of Buffy. She’s cute, if not a bit forward.
Other important characters include Pellatrix, an administrator of hell, Nemmy, an angel pop idol, Stephanie the witch-in-training, and Baba Yaga, her teacher. Toko’s band includes Ginxhou, an ever- hungry Sax-playing demon, and Devon, Toko’s sister and drummer. A brief cameo from Klay, Toko’s father, is in the opening act.
From a technical standpoint, the writing in The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 – Prelude is muddled. It’s fast paced, too fast for me to read and be able to track what was going on at any given moment. The story itself is interesting and has a lot of potential, but the delivery is rushed. Also, I was confused a couple of times when characters were referred to by different names without much warning, sometimes I expected there to be more characters in the scene than there actually were. Also, the relationship between Nadia and Toko feels far too rushed. Nadia almost immediately tries to get in her pants, and it’s waved off with a simple “well I recognized you from so long ago, I’ve been waiting for you” sort of deal. I’d understand it better had Nadia been attracted to Toko due to her being a succubus.
The story is far too early in for me to pull any comprehensive morals or tropes out of, though I enjoyed the character representation. The cast is mostly female and somewhat fanservice-laced, but enjoyable nonetheless.
I personally really enjoy the sprite style and CG art very much. The characters have a range of physiques and skin tones, so I feel that it is well represented. The backgrounds match with the other art very well. I was impressed by the GUI, I thought it was well executed. I also really enjoyed the animated emotes that each of the characters got to use for additional expressions.
I had to turn the sounds down in the options menu because compared to the music, their loudness kept making me jump. The music was fairly enjoyable, I really liked the bass in the fight scene composition. One complaint I do have is that the GUI and the backgrounds blend in, so for me it was sometimes hard to hit buttons due to my partial color-blindness. Something to consider for the future.
This game is for PC/Mac/Linux and isn’t at all heavy on processor usage. Visual novels, dating sims, and life sims tend to work well on computers, and The Reject Demon: Toko is no exception. It worked well as far as technical capabilities of the game go on my PC. There are no special mechanics or features that really stand out, as it’s a visual novel without choices. However, that also means there is no repetition to complain about. All in all, the art matched well with the story, making it a mostly cohesive experience.
For the hour and a half long game, you get a great deal! $4.99USD on Steam with an additional $1.99 for the soundtrack DLC. The game definitely left me wanting more, so The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 – Prelude does its job as an opening act.
Review: The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 - Prelude
If only the writing was up to par with the art and music, this would be an a top-notch experience. My suggestion is to slow down so the players can enjoy the story better. Also, I’d like to note that this rating wasn’t intentional, but is a great coincidence!
- Story (4.83/10)
- Presentation (7.5/10)
- Gameplay (7.5/10)
- Play Value (6.81/10)