Therapeutic massage Freaks is a rhythm sport developed and printed by The Future You’ve Been Dreaming Of studio qureate. It’s now accessible on PC through Steam, however you gained’t discover it beneath that identify. As an alternative, it’s obtained a brand new title: Beat Refle.
Beat Refle was initially set to debut on the Nintendo Swap beneath its previous title (Therapeutic massage Freaks). Nonetheless, it was “delayed indefinitely” on Swap following qureate’s “dialogue with involved events”. The sport attracted consideration from commentators in Japan, first by utilizing character names that suspiciously much like members of real-life idol group Hinatazaka46. qureate modified the names, however by then the backlash had blossomed to incorporate criticism of the sport’s risqué content material, and the therapeutic massage parlor theme’s connection to a current sequence of sexual assaults in Japan.
Beat Refle is a rhythm sport, however its gameplay mechanics contain giving massages to feminine shoppers. Gamers enter inputs in time with the music to get prospects totally relaxed. There are additionally mild story parts introduced within the method of a visible novel, with occasion artwork and voice appearing. Over 50 songs are within the sport, with six totally different prospects to work together with.
On Steam, Beat Refle has an elective patch (downloadable from qureate’s web site) that permits minigames unlocked by getting a excessive rating within the rhythm portion. Primarily based on early buyer feedback within the Steam dialogue boards, even with the patch in place Beat Refle shouldn’t be a pornographic title. Steam often permits the sale of such video games behind adults-only content material filters, and these embody some video games printed by qureate, however by these requirements Beat Refle wouldn’t qualify. Therapeutic massage Freaks was given a Cero D ranking (ages 17+) in Japan and a ESRB T (ages 13+) in North America previous to the Swap launch being postponed.
Beat Refle is out there on PC through Steam. Its Nintendo Swap launch as Therapeutic massage Freaks is delayed indefinitely.