Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 4 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 14, 2020
    100
    While it is short in terms of basic playtime, it does still take a good number of hours to explore everything the game has to offer. It's also engaging, humorous, and quirky. The fact that it is LGBTQ+ friendly is a great and much-appreciated bonus, and the puns are legendary.
  2. Mar 16, 2020
    90
    Proof positive that love conquers all, Mission: It’s Complicated saves the day with its original premise, sharp writing, and long-lasting replayability.
  3. Feb 14, 2020
    90
    Even if you’re not a regular player of dating sims, they’re rarely as approachable, charming, and clever as this one. Check it out.
  4. May 15, 2020
    85
    Mission: It’s Complicated is a visual novel that will immediately charm your pants off with a cast of diverse and lovable characters. It’s short enough to just hop in for a quick playthrough, but has enough endings to keep you busy for quite some time.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 24, 2022
    10
    If you have never played a dating sim before, this is the perfect game to start with. It is an interactive novel, with very distinct andIf you have never played a dating sim before, this is the perfect game to start with. It is an interactive novel, with very distinct and unique choices to make. The story is extremely easy to follow while being able to surprise the player numerous times. The visuals give homages to comic books. The characters are unique, subverting superhero stereotypes. This is a short game, but you can replay it multiple times, being able to engage you on your 6th play. This is very fun, using its charisma to its fullest. Full Review »
  2. Jul 12, 2021
    2
    Some of the visuals do look decent on occassion although the hero portraits are decidedly average by visual novel standards. The uninspiredSome of the visuals do look decent on occassion although the hero portraits are decidedly average by visual novel standards. The uninspired gameplay, lack of sound and voice acting and poorly written characters really make this one for the bargain bin. The inclusion of LGBTQ characters serves as nothing more than tick box to gain more sales from that community. The woke aspect is obvious but again it has no purpose other than to garner more sales from the respective social groups. Watch a video review instead and you are guaranteed to see the games shortcommings in a few minutes and save your hard earned cash.instead and you are guaranteed to see the games shortcommings in a few minutes and save your hard earned cash. Full Review »
  3. Jul 1, 2020
    8
    A dating sim in which you lead a team of young superheroes on a bunch of random missions together in hopes that they'll bond. A world-eatingA dating sim in which you lead a team of young superheroes on a bunch of random missions together in hopes that they'll bond. A world-eating destroyer is coming, and Earth can only be saved by the power of love, literally.

    The format is simple: by night, choose missions on which to send two of your heroes. You don't get to control these missions, just who you send on them and who takes point. Their bond will grow regardless, though it will grow more if they do well, and they could be injured and have to sit out a day--and you only have 12 days. Max out the relationship between any two heroes--romantically inclined or not--and pick up the magical Possibility Stone along the way--and you win. Don't, and you lose.

    During the day, if two of them have reached certain bonding thresholds, you can send them on dates. You can give occasional advice during these dates, but mostly you just watch how things unfold. The heroes are all "complicated" in one way or another, usually in more than one way. LGBTQ+ issues take the forefront: although two of the heroes bond over being the two gay members, the other three are either bi- or pansexual. Most also have mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder, social anxiety, and PTSD. All are handled in a sensitive, mature, positive way. The only exception is that each pair of heroes has only one script for each dating event, which means that even if they're in a committed relationship, they'll happily pursue other heroes romantically.

    Despite being a strictly text-based game, plenty of thought was put into replay value. There's a true ending you can get if you beat the game using all 10 permutations of heroes, which is cute and funny. Most of the stories have secret art you can unlock, either by sending a particular hero on a particular mission or by building the rapport between two heroes and having them "team up" on a particular mission. The art is adorable and worth the effort, especially the end-game art, which are all parodies of famous comic book covers, with great attention to detail.

    You can auto-skip any mission you've beaten on a previous playthrough (although you can't skip the dates, which is unfortunate), as well as the tutorial and the credits, so you can blaze through replays quickly. It also seems like relationships build up more easily on replays, although that may be just because I knew the best choices (and figured out that if things look like they're going badly, you can quit the game--results are only saved once you see the results screen).

    As of version 1.1.1, there are a few typos and grammar errors scattered throughout. I also had one experience where starting a new game put me on day 12, with no relationships built up and no MacGuffin, so I lost instantly.

    If superhero LGBTQ+ relationship stories with giant walls of text are your thing, I highly recommend Mission: It's Complicated. If you're looking for more of a "game" or if you think "diversity" is a swear word, pass on this one.
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