Would I say I’m brave enough in real life to try out an app where you can sign up to explore various kinks? As long as the app is full of enough attractive women who’d like me to explore those kinks with them, I think I would. Fetish Locator manages to simulate that scenario well, and does it without having all the women involved come across as mindless sluts.
The story is well written and engaging, and the characters, for the most part, are interesting in both design and personality. They aren’t just the same 3D models seen in every single game out there, and they aren’t identikit personalities that can be freely confused with those in other games. Care has been taken to give each character their own personality, and each character’s voice is consistent throughout the gameplay. Except, that is, for the MC’s main love interest. Of all the characters in the game, and for someone put on such a pedestal by the MC, she’s neither as interesting as the others, or as attractive. Personally, having the option to ditch her and choose another target for your affections is an option I’d like to see in future releases. There are so many fun characters to choose from, and I hope there are endings for each one.
The fetishes in the game so far (I tested version 0.07.10) aren’t overly kinky by my standards, and each fetish is avoidable, if it’s not your thing. Avoiding any fetishes you may not be interested in doesn’t seem to stop progress, but it does have penalties. It also doesn’t stop them from appearing. The people around you will be doing the challenges, and you’ll likely see them. There is a feel-good factor in completing the various challenges, however, and that keeps the game enjoyable.
While the character design is really well done, the art is one of the few weak points in the game, and as weak points go, it’s relatively minor. There are a few immersion breaking clipping issues, and the animations are a little janky early in the game, but things improve significantly as the game progresses. The early BJ scenes are especially problematic with the usual issues around getting mouths to fit – the lips are always oddly misshapen, but even this is vastly improved as the story progresses. On the positive side of the art, the character designs, as mentioned before, are stunning. The lighting is nicely even and unobtrusive, the renders are clean, and the scene composition is effective.
The Ren’Py coding appears to be fairly minimal as far as the UI goes – there’s very little in terms of UI change from the basic options within Ren’Py, but that’s not a bad thing. I had no crashes during my playthrough and the developer hasn’t disabled rollback, so the coding is solid.
All in, this is a good game and a breath of fresh air in the genre. I hope that the few small early game issues get resolved / remastered, just to make first impressions more effective, but as it stands, it’s worth your time, especially for the writing.