Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Imagine taking out cute personifications of World War II war machines on dates during the “war to end all wars”. If your first thought landed on Panzermadels, which just recently released, you’re not far off the mark. However, in the case of Victory Belles you’re beset with over a hundred lovely ladies who just happen to be the spirit of their namesake naval battleship. Yeah, Kickstarter projects have been getting weird lately haven’t they?

Victory BellesHowever, while the tank dating sim was a full-blown visual novel Victory Belles is a sort of hybrid of turn-based strategy RPG mixed with a battleship dating sim. Yeah, it’s hard for me to wrap my own limited brain around too. The war is just about to heat up in the late Summer of 1939 when a new foe emerges and the Axis and Allies have to band together to take them on. Which means that you’ll have access to all seven listed nations’ naval power. Which means 120+ girls to woo and fight alongside.

Victory BellesNow, I have no real problems with being able to go out with cute personifications of war machines. After all, I did back that “other” game. What has me wary of backing Victory Belles is a number of reasons. First off, it’s a F2P iOS/Web game. That’s the first strike. Second is the asking price for what they’re promising. For only $30k they’re looking to get professional voice actress for all of the ships as well as a lot of art assets and finishing touches. The third, and final strike, is the lack of showing who the team is and their experience on top of no budget breakdown. Those, coupled with the weird reward tiers has me passing on this one.

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Serena Nelson
Serena has been a gamer since an early age and was brought up with the classic adventure games by Sierra On-Line, LucasArts, and Infocom. She's been an active member on Kickstarter since early 2012 and has backed a large number of crowdfunded games, mostly adventures. You can also find her writing for Kickstart Ventures and evn.moe.
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