After bringing up my favourite hentai visual novel in Princess Waltz, I thought I’d have my next 18+ game to be featured on our weekly Sexy Games article be the visual novel that really got me into playing these games. And that without a shadow of a doubt was The Sagara Family.
There is nothing particularly special about The Sagara Family, I will fully admit this. It’s a very basic setting, you’re a young male being sent to live with a friend of your parents and her four lovely daughters who are each a year apart. So for mama Maria here, she was popping out a new sexy girl every year for four straight years. Sheesh! But yeah, that’s essentially the setting, you live with four hot teenagers and their hot mother. What could possibly happen?!
For a visual novel that is over 10 years old now, the art still holds up pretty well. I can still look at various CG art from the visual novel (yes including the pornographic ones) and they hold up pretty well. That’s the beauty of most visual novels nowadays, the art holds up pretty well. Go back to the 90s and then it can get a little rougher, but anything in the new millennium so far for the most part still looks pretty good today. The backgrounds are really nice and the character art is pretty solid. Each of the girls look unique, albeit a few tropes here and there like the oldest has the biggest breasts, the youngest has the smallest. Granted, another trope to separate the girls is giving them each a unique hair colour, but for the most part it works with all of them.
I have a few problems with the design however, albeit small. Some of the design choices for clothing are very bland and boring, for example Arisa’s pink pajamas look more like a nurse’s uniform than anything else. Ruruka white pajama dress just looks weird on her. Actually you know what? Pajamas aren’t The Sagara Family’s strong suit. In terms of the more naughty stuff, some of the choices for the girls are arguably a little too sexy for their age, but it’s easy to pass off given it’s meant to be pornographic material. But for me, Sanae’s see-through super sexy lacy underwear didn’t fit well to me.
Personality-wise, each girl has something to offer though some caught my attention far more than others. Sanae was always the standout for me, again she the more tomboyish of the five, already a plus. Then she’s got red hair, another plus. And she’s a sweetheart once you get past all her barriers, ding ding ding! After her, Emiru being a shy cosplayer caught my attention and then oddly enough (it’s even more a thing for me now at my current age) Maria has a soft spot with me, which is weird given that back when I was in my late teens, I wasn’t so keen on older women, especially past the age of 30. As for the other two, Arisa’s kind of boring to be honest, she’s beautiful, but too sweet. And Ruruka well…she’s 14 in the game. She’s all right, but the age thing’s an issue. Yes, I’m aware the other girls are between 15-17 (not counting Maria), but in my head especially when I first played this game, the line I had drawn was 15. Anything below that was too young, which brings up the whole underage conversation, but that’s one for another day. But speaking of conversations…
Yeah there’s moments of incest in the game. That’s the one part I can’t let this game get away with. Traditionally with visual novels, if you play your cards right, you might get a threesome or even more than that. Well in a game where the only available girls are all related to each other…yeah…there’s no avoiding that, is there? So there are several pairings over the course of the game that you can come across and to make matters worse, some of them even include strap-ons. Yeah, I love this game, but this stuff’s a bit much, I will admit.
In terms of your average run-of-the-mill visual novel, The Sagara Family was a pretty good entry point for me when I was in my teens. Looking back on it now, the art holds up pretty well, the characters are still interesting to me, but the game’s not without its flaws. The game crosses a few lines, but at the very least they’re lines that aren’t overly disgusting for me. Yes, there’s incest in the game, but honestly things like rape, violence, gore and kinks involving bodily functions are still higher on the wanted list for me. I can deal with fictional sisters playing with each other.
I’m not sure I should suggest this game though. It’s not bad though, so if you’re looking for something a little more basic, maybe this is one you try. But I’d be more likely to push you onto other Zyx visual novels like Amorous Professor Cherry. Cause y’know, not incest.