Everett Lo (11.04.2001)
Mainly for those of you with a bathroom fetish!
For those of you who don't know what a "water closet"
is, it's a bathroom and saying that, you can kinda guess what
the games about. This is definitely something a person with a
bathroom fetish will enjoy but most others will turn away from
because of its subject matter.
The game centers around five ladies with various bathroom related
problems centered around the Will Century Building. (The game
is by Will's Guilty label, licensed to Peach Princess.) It is
interesting being able to play as one of the five ladies and to
experience her story through her point of view. There are some
interactions between the characters but for the most part, these
interactions are not key to the stories. There's also a gameplay
"trick" you need to do in order to get the complete
story for each lady but you'll have to find it yourself.
There is a memory feature that allows you to review various "scenes"
or just the graphics themselves, again, unlocking these takes
time and patience as you work your way through the game. The art
and music are very well done and are worth the price of admission.
I do think the characters could have been developed a little more.
The annoying guy with the "toilet" fixation (not a sexual
fixation, more the historical significance of toilets) I really
could have lived without. He's part of the humor element of the
game but he still annoyed the blazes out of me.
Again, this is a fetish game. Peeing and defecation are as central
as the sex going on. If that's your thing, then this is the game
for you. If not, the artwork and the gameplay "trick"
I mentioned earlier will keep you at the game for awhile.
A different sort of game
Water Closet, by Will and ported into english by Peach Princess,
is a different sort of game. Enjoy potty-humor? Well Water Closet
is filled to the brim with it.
Water Closet tells a story in a very interesting way. The story
revolves around five different girls, and their interactions with
a local urology clinic. From Juline, the nurse who works there,
to Ikumi, a shy girl who has trouble holding her bladder when
in large crowds of people.
If you wanted a game where it takes a completely different twist,
then Water Closet is that game. Water Closet is actually the 2nd
game in this series by Will, the first being Used Condom.
Be warned that the humor in this game is very different. I would
say it's akin to the types of jokes that Woddy Alan uses, some
very obvious and crass, others very subtle, yet still as crass.
Also the themes of this game, scatalogy, toilet fetishes, and
the like, may affect your enjoyment of the game.
That being said, Water Closet is an interesting game. From a
gameplay-standpoint, the way it tells the story is very unique.
You shouldn't save it at all. Just keep playing it, cycling through
the various stories of the characters, and how the interact with
each other, and with the clinic. In this regards, I've never played
anything done in this manner before, so it gave a new feel to
how the story is told. This biggest downside to telling the story
this way is, it can lead to some confusion when players wonder
why they're not getting any deeper into the game, and it's not
very well documented in the instructions that you need to play
in this manner.
Good graphics, a bit on the fetish side. Game creator Will definitely
has a very distinct art-style. It uses a lot of sharp, bold colors
that give it a very lively feel.
Good translation, with very good liner notes from Peach Princess
to help you notice some of the subtler toilet humor of the game.
And, more importantly, the translators kept the feel of the comedy
as well. For example, they translated the name of the nurse as
"Juline", and... if you say it just right the nurse's
name can sound like "urine". This really is attention
to detail. You keep not only the situational humor, but some of
the more subtle jokes as well.
Pretty good music and sound effects. Not the best I've heard,
but still pretty good.
Excellent Voice acting. The voice actors really add to the humor
of the game. I think that they knew what this game was like, and
just went with it. Sometimes they sound super-serious during really
ludicrous moments, which makes the situations even funnier. The
Seiyuu also added life to the characters as well. Reika, who is
pretty, well... bitchy, has a very haughty-arrogant sounding voice,
which fits with the character.
A decent number of extras too. A viewing room, so you can see
all the pics, and story segments you've unlocked, as well as those
that still need you to unlock them.
A different sort of ecchi gal-game, if you're looking for something
different. I would recommend it, as the humor and comedy of Water
Closet is very funny. However, it's art and settings can be a
bit intense, and it might make some players not find it that enjoyable.
If you like the sort of jokes they use on South Park, or the style
of wit and humor of Woddy Alan, then you'd enjoy the laughs of