I’m a huge fan of gender bender games. Recently I’ve been enjoying each update for Max’s Big Bust, an interesting take on the genre by Lached Up Games. I’ve gotten to know Lach since the previous Kickstarter, so it should come as to no surprise that I’ve backed his latest crowdfunding endeavour. Enter Alluna and Brie and the Tentacle Menace, a visual novel/RPG hybrid sequel to that game.

Alluna and Brie and the Tentacle Menace

For those who’ve been following Max’s Big Bust, several characters should be instantly recognizable in Alluna and Brie and the Tentacle Menace. The story here revolves around the titular characters as they fight evil by moonlight. Wait, wrong magical girls. There’s two or three major storylines here. You’ve got the “fighting crazy monster girls” angle and a Mermaid Spikers mini-game. And what visual novel wouldn’t be complete without potential romance?

Alluna and Brie and the Tentacle Menace

Crossing Over

As mentioned above, several characters will have a crossover appearance in Alluna and Brie and the Tentacle Menace. Brie, Alluna, Max, Holly, Ember, and Natara are prominent playable characters and several background characters also show up. You can check out the Kickstarter page for more information, but suffice it to say I backed as soon as I saw it go live. Besides, who doesn’t love mermaids?


I got to see a preview of the campaign and some inside information from Lach about Alluna and Brie and the Tentacle Menace before it launched. I couldn’t wait to get in on it day one. Between Max’s Big Bust and Gender Bender DNA Twister Extreme, he’s shown that he can make good games. He’s only asking for $30,000 AUD (about $22k USD), so I don’t see this one failng.

It’s already about 20% funded after less than a day, so it’s good to say that this one’ll make funding before time runs out. I certainly look forward to playing the full game.

About the Author

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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