I don’t think there was ever a time I found myself thinking Senran Kagura would make a fantastic pinball game. That isn’t to say it couldn’t or should I say shouldn’t, yet Senran Kagura Peach Ball is just that and it’s a little different than you’d expect.
There wasn’t a lot to the E3 demo of Senran Kagura Peach Ball. After launching the ball, there is a fairly simple location with one of the girls in a cute outfit. Nothing about the outfit is erotic, but it still holds true to what you’d expect from Senran Kagura.
Most of the time it’s basic pinball with a cute girl sitting in the middle. Score points, try to achieve a peach bonus and hitting her yields points. The more you damage her, the higher points go, eventually hitting a point where she plops over somewhat defeated. During this time points are vastly increased, with the ease of maximizing hits at an all time high. Think of it as fever mode, without actually calling it that.
But, it wouldn’t be Senran Kagura if it was just a little naughty. Once certain conditions are fulfilled, players can play a sexy mini-game. I played two of them, one included knocking off parts of a tower, with the other hitting a spinning top, both of which ended with the girl ending up in an interesting experience.
There was also some kind of point system, where achievements and side tasks reward players with bonuses, though that didn’t seem to make much of a difference in the demo. Most likely there will be more complicated boards, the one I saw had two ramps and practically nothing else, with a bit more to flesh the concept out. Until then, we will have to wait until July 9, 2019 to see where the ball lands.