Saturday, April 13, 2024

Gyee: an eye candy-filled, easy to play RPG that could be just a little better

It takes more than tan, tattooed, nearly naked muscular men with big bulges in their shorts to keep me interested in a game. I mean, not too much more, but still! Gyee, often introduced as “the first all gay RPG,” is available to play on Android and iOS; so I jumped at the chance to see what a full-fledged RPG aimed at our demographic is all about. Well, having played it for a few days, I’m not exactly sure what the entire plot entails, but I do know one minute you’re at a trendy board-game bar (what?) and the next minute you’re sucked into a fantastical land full of magic and monsters. And everyone is pretty damn attractive.

So much information was thrown at me in such a short amount of time that I don’t think I properly understand the foundation of this narrative. Apparently, linking with other “Lixium” souls to bond with is a big part of this story and, of course, there are standard antagonists who want to keep this from happening. Fortunately, it’s easy to follow along whether you grasp the story or not because RPG’s aren’t the most complicated games in the world. Just follow the cues during the dialogues and the coordinates marked on the map and you’ll do just fine on this adventure. Leveling up is excessively easy and the navigation of your “home” screen is just as feasible, so you’ll get the gist of things within a few minutes.

Once the characters stop talking! The characters talk so much Gyee. It almost borders on the absurd amount of talking in Pokemon: Sun/Moon. Shut up and let me play! In addition to the long bios, you really get to know the lead and supporting characters in Gyee. This is, of course, a good thing and a bad thing – as I love getting to know a special part of the journey on a deeper level but at the same time I don’t need to know what they got as a Christmas give when they were two years old. Some of gaymers, like me, want to level up as fast as possible and all the blah blah blah interrupts that. Throw in the lack of comprehension in terms of the game’s plot, and these are it’s only negative aspects.

What’s also interesting about this title is the fact that it’s equal parts RPG and point-and-click. I assume that’s due to it being available on cell phones and thus the ability to move an avatar in any direction is lacking for the most part. Sure, this takes away typical game-play features that you’d find on a big console, but it’s still enjoyable. You know what else is enjoyable? All the sexual innuendos worked into the script and the amount of sultry moans that come out of the characters whenever they get injured or exert some sort of energy. Look, this may be a superficial thing to say, but if this game’s main selling point is to appeal to gay men who love to look at hard bodies, well, digital ones will have to do for now! At least Gyee absolutely delivered on that promise.

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Michael Therkelsen

[He/Him] Michael was born and raised at the Jersey Shore and he loves love horror films, video games, hiking and cooking. He auditioned for American Idol in season 6 and worked as a vet tech before finally discovering his passion for writing. He has several short stories available for purchase on e-readers, and is obsessed with UFC, American Ninja Warrior and running half-marathons. With a wide area of interests and hobbies, he's excited to help other people in the LGBT community discovery the world of gaming.