There are so many ways to promote your product in cyberspace. But the rapid development of the last few years has no longer allowed giant companies, especially those engaged in social media, to behave as they should be corporate. That the best way to hook consumers, especially young people, is to speak using “their language”. This means strategies that surround concepts like shitpost, meme war, to develop your own level in games like Super Mario Maker 2. It’s no wonder that a KFC franchise, which has its own popularity, also wants to jump in the same space.
So KFC came up with an even crazier strategy. In collaboration with a small developer studio – Psyop, KFC officially launched a game titled, “Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin ‘Good Dating Simulator “via Steam for free. So like the name that he was stretching out, this game offers a genre of dating simulator, where you have to fight to steal the heart of the Colonel Sanders who now comes with a super handsome form that must be recognized, contrary to what you know from him in the real world. This is no longer just a matter of fried chicken, but also the love of the fried chicken mixers.
So, what is actually offered by Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin ‘Good Dating Simulator (which we call simply KFC Sim’s name in the name of this simplicity)? Why do we call this a game that offers love in 11 secret spices? This review will discuss it deeper for you.
For gamers who have tasted sim dating games in the past, both straight and “naughty”, the story always plays an important role. That the power of dialogue, the moment of drama and romance, and the conflicts that arise will influence your decision to choose a particular conversation option, choose the partner you end up favoring, and struggle to steal his heart. Something that unfortunately is not offered by this KFC Sim game.
In a fictional world that is not much explained, you play the role of a cooking school student who struggles to show your ability to mix cooking ingredients. In this super-weird school, you meet many unique characters, from your rivals and eternal enemies – Aeshleigh, your loyal friend – Miriam, a robot built from various cooking utensils, to your teacher – a cheerful Corgi dog. Of course along with him, there is also a super handsome and handsome man with unrivaled cooking skills – Colonel Sanders. From this premise alone, you can already understand that this game should be, not taken seriously.
Like the title that he was stretching out, then you slowly but surely, will begin to obsess over the figure of Colonel Sanders who seems blameless, from his ability to cook to his charming personality. Together with the story line moving forward, you will get closer and closer to this person who is starting to steal your heart and brain. To the end, your relationship will be tested by a variety of different challenges. You can complete the KFC Sim story in under 1 hour, depending on how carefully you read the entire story offered.
So, what challenges will be faced to win the love of the Colonel Sanders? You can get that answer by playing this KFC Sim game.
The Presentation is Actually Charming
For a game that is offered for free, you might think that this KFC Sim will end up being imaged as a half-hearted game that is difficult to enjoy. But surprisingly, Psyop must be recognized as doing a very good job for the presentation. There are many things that make this game feel like a serious dating sim, from charming character designs, effective humor, to selected music.
Just look at what they managed to do with Aeshleigh, your main rival who comes in a chef’s outfit that looks sexy, with cliché teeth fangs of anime characters who do their job well – as nemesis characters that are annoying as well as icons that make you spoiled. Psyop also did a fantastic similar thing with Colonel Sanders, whose new design immediately succeeded in creating a variety of viral memes and cyberspace discussions that were indeed pursued by KFC itself. The only character design we didn’t like was Van Van, who unfortunately, could not be called out to do his job, even as a parody.
There is a lot of humor on target.
One thing that we think deserves thumbs up is how this game clearly understands its identity as a sim dating game “parody” which is not serious. Then not only the world and the super weird characters you get, but also some humor that is still enough to invite laughter.
From how this game automatically censors with black bars for the name “secret seasoning” which Colonel Sanders had talked about several times when talking about super delicious fried chicken dishes. Or how the main character could comment on the name “Aeshleigh” which should be called Ashley, but deliberately made complex on behalf of trying to look cool. In fact, he also reflected on the gameplay, from the absurd conversation options to the point of the gameplay that suddenly turned into an RPG game.
While from music, it is built with a seriousness that you can enjoy too, although it does not necessarily affect the atmosphere as a whole. Unfortunately, this game comes without voice acting, so that conversation after conversation is offered only in the form of text in a dialogue bubble. Even though there is a lot of potential to make VA a new source of humor to add this level of seriousness to KFC Sim itself. It is unfortunate.
Dating Sim? More precisely, Chicken Promos
Unfortunately, as a game that calls itself a sim dating game, outside of the presentation that counts as enchanting, KFC Sim fails to play its role as a quality game in the genre. That instead of the various claims he made, including in super-long subtitles he carried, he failed to appear as a charming dating game sim. Until finally a game, it feels more like a fried chicken promo from KFC that uses video games as a front. Something that seemed to be their motivation from the start.
What article? Of course, because the conversation option system is comparatively bad. That instead of influencing what you get with different consequences, the conversation options in KFC Sim actually feels like a test with a multiple choice system. That there are right and wrong options here. The correct option will push you to the next scene, while the wrong option will immediately take you to the Game Over screen.
If you get this second consequence, fortunately there is an auto save system that will take you back to the last scene which fortunately is not too far from the last option you chose. What’s worse? Almost the right and right options are also predictable. Anything related to the words “Chicken”, “Taste of Home Cooking”, and “struggling with your own strength” will usually end up being the right option and will keep you from the Game Over screen.
The second weakness of the game which calls itself a dating sim? He actually encourages your love for the figure of Colonel Sanders to end just in the platonic boundary without any chance to move closer. If you dare to get too close or explicitly declare your love, these options actually trigger the Game Over screen instead of helping you get closer. For a sim dating game that claims to ask you to build a romantic relationship with Colonel Sanders, KFC Sim is as confused as his own identity.
The third disadvantage also lies in the alternative options. That apart from all the supporting characters he offered, the protagonist or antagonist, there was never an option to pursue other candidates outside of Colonel Sanders. As gamers who fall in love at first sight with Aeshleigh and not Colonel Sanders, there is little frustration in finding that you cannot approach Aeshleigh and fight together to subdue Colonel Sanders.
So with all the limitations of a system like this, it is clear that KFC Sim is not worth mentioning as the game “Dating Sim”. That in the end, it is a promotion wrapped up like a sim dating game, where high-definition images of KFC products are the focus, and not the relationship between you and Colonel Sanders themselves. Even if it was built more seriously on the gameplay side, there is a chance that the KFC Sim game has succeeded in locking the fanatic fan base of gamers who are interested in this fried chicken franchise product. There is greater potential in terms of marketing that they can actually pursue.
So, I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin ‘Good Dating Simulator is a promotional product that is wrapped like a sim dating game instead of a sim dating game with additional KFC promotions in it. For those of you who are looking for something similar to the sim dating game that you have tried, straight or “naughty” will be disappointed in the quality of the gameplay it offers. Whereas in terms of the presentation he was carrying, especially from pictures and music, he clearly showed that there was extra attention that was built, especially with humor on target which was also his main attraction. Unfortunately, for the gameplay, it is below the standard.
Fortunately, he was offered for free, so gamers who just came with curiosity can try it without burden and laugh together with him. If after playing it, you directly contact KFC for the existing fried chicken package, then the task of this game is successful. But if you decide to call McDonald’s delivery and sing “I am lovin it!”, Then your love must be recognized, it did not succeed in landing on Colonel Sanders 11 secret spices.