This sounds like an April Fool’s concept, but I assure you we’re still more than a month away from the joke-games we’re bound to hear about. No, this is a real game named Sweet Fuse: By Your Side, and is a collaborative effort between Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune’s company, Comcept, Idea Factory, and Aksys Games (the minds behind the BlazBlue and Record of Agarest War series, 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward). In this dating sim game, Inafune creates a theme park that his niece visits, just before it’s taken over by terrorists of Count Hogstein.
Funny, Hogstein’s name made me think of an evil nazi mutant pig-man, and then I saw the screenshots for Sweet Fuse (which you can see below), and lo and behold, he’s an evil mutant pig-man, who may very well be the creation of a nazi experiment gone wrong.
Hogstein puts the niece through a bunch of evil games, which for some reason encourages her to look for love instead of spending all of her waking time looking for a way out. Talk about priorities.
A description of the game as found on Aksys’s website:
Saki Inafune, niece to legendary game developer Keiji Inafune, can’t wait to visit her uncle’s new theme park. She’s been invited to the opening day ceremonies, and is looking forward to a day of fun and excitement when suddenly Count Hogstein—a villain as corpulent and cliché as he is evil—blows up the Ferris wheel, takes the park management hostage, and declares the beginning of a deadly series of games.
Desperate to save her uncle, Saki volunteers to be one of the participants in Hogstein’s games, and finds herself thrust into the midst of excitement very different from what she’d expected when she woke up that morning. She’ll need all of her cunning, determination, and exceptional insight to get herself and her fellow participants—all available bachelors—out alive and maybe, with a little luck, find love along the way.
Sweet Fuse: At Your Side Features
-Vast, Diverging Story – 14 different endings and a host of unexpected twists and turns allow for over 30 hours of compelling gameplay.
-Stylish Art – Sweet Fuse: At Your Side is an experience that is stylish and easy on the eyes, with complex, eye-catching character designs.
-Disarm Perilous Puzzles – Reach an epiphany and solve dangerous puzzles; the fate of you and your companions depends on your insight.
-Unique Characters and Interactions – Blow your fuse or stay completely cool, the choice is yours when dealing with this crazy cast of characters.
Sweet Fuse will be hitting the PSP (and in turn, the Vita) in the U.S. this summer. For more news, stay tuned to DualShockers.com.