I have played quite a few farming simulator games over the years. From games like Farming Simulator 19 to games like Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley. I have even played one yaoi dating sim with farm simulator elements to it. None of that prepared me for what I found when I played the demo for Banana Ranch and do not worry this is a good thing. I played through the demo three times to make sure I did not miss anything fun and I want to start off this review by saying, when they say this is an 18+ yaoi game they are not joking around.
We only get a small intro into the world of Banana Ranch demo but you get to learn within this demo whether this will be a game for you. From helping to milk the lovely cow Moocha, sheering sweet little sheep Cotton and ‘helping’ the lazy chicken Yolkie lay his eggs it’s busy work on the farm, oh also all these animals are human animal hybrids called beastkin so your farm animals are cute men…
I will say this right now, this will not be a game for everyone the demo itself already features male lactation and egg laying which I know are fetishes that will not be for everyone and with the comments from other characters within the game I get the feeling their will be a lot of fun kink and fetish play in the final game. Maybe even some mpreg, I really hope we get some mpreg elements in this game because I must confess within the yaoi genre it is one of my favourite fetishes. I asked the developers if the finished game would have mpreg and was told no. Guess we can’t get all the weird fetishes we love.
I really loved all the character designs I got to see in the demo especially Ginger, Moocha and Have. (I really hope they reach the stretch goal for Have because he is the kind of character I love in a VN, the mysterious creepy appearing older gentleman who most times turns our to actually be a really sweet guy) I do have one minor complaint about character design though, the bear character Grizz design wise feels like a missed opportunity to really play up the bear aspect of his character, if you catch my drift. I’m not saying go full lumberjack with his look but maybe a bit of a hairy chest and a little facial stubble… that being said this is coming from a bara fan so to each there own.
Now I wish I could say all positive things about this demo but there are a few negative things I will have to write about. As someone who spends a lot of time writing I did notice a few grammar and spelling errors within the demo this is something I have noticed in quite a few visual novels and is not just a problem with Banana Ranch. The beginning of the demo before arriving at the Banana Ranch felt like it really dragged on. I know we need all this information to learn about the world we are being transported to but it just felt like a long explanation dump and I do hope that in the final game this part is either a little shorter or there is an option to skip it if you have played the demo.
For more info about the demo I highly recommend watching the following video from the development team.
Overall the game looks very promising especially if Meyaoi can reach their stretch goals for this project and if this project seems like something you would like to back or if this review has made you curious enough to check out the demo yourself please follow this link. As stated in the video at the beginning of this post the campaign for this game runs until the 31st of January 2020 and I really hope that they do reach there goal and beyond and can not wait till I get the chance to befriend and date even more yummy men from the world of Banana Ranch!