Max's Big Bust is a Life Sim/Visual Novel that follows the story of two cops, Max and Brad, as they investigate a shady new drug that's been circulating the mean streets of Axon City. So far their drug busts have turned up nothing, but after a run-in with a mysterious artefact, Max is transformed into a blonde bombshell, and he's not happy about it. How is this linked to the new synthetic drug, and where did this artefact even come from? Will Max find a way to change back, or will he be stuck as a chick for the rest of his life?
The game is available here - http://store.steampowered.com/app/416360
While the price is a lot, and the "reviews" here did make me uncertain. I am glad I got this game.
The story is well written and engaging, the art is well done and suits the game very well.
There is now a lot of content to the game and updates are regular and add a lot of story, so no worries there.
It is fairly linear, which is a shame. And personally I would like to have more uncertainty and difficulty in Max at the big changes... but that is a personal preference.
The game is now finished and completed, so here are some random thoughts.
It's big, as VN's go this is pretty huge and takes a time to get through, It has actual story with plot and everything. Although the plot can get a bit silly at times.
There are also little animations at key points in the plot.
I would recommend it.
Owned this for a very long time, just got around to playing through the complete version.
Play time is 12-15 hours for first play through. Even with skip I'm not too inclined to go back for other paths on a replay, but probably will at somepoint in future.
All the recent 1.01 reviews below seem pretty accurate.
Keeping review short, I have no regrets on the purchase and it was an impressive effort for what I think is a two man dev team. I enjoyed their first published game also and will likely buy whatever is next.
I was skeptical of the previous reviews, but wanted to try it for myself, and support the community of course.
Lots of silly text, with a silly story.
The transformations are pretty minor, and not really the focus of the game.
The art is good, but never full nudity, sex is implied.
If you love visual novels this game might be for you.
If you prefer more interactive games and/or sexually explicit, a price of 25-30 is a bit much.
There are several references to a similar game that I did enjoy a lot more (Gender Bender DNA Twister Extreme).
Is there a lot of content? Yes, but it's mostly a lot of text.
The story is filled with a lot of silliness, which I don't mind that much, but there's actually quite a lot of plotholes as well. (or more accurately parts that are glossed over, making the story feel less immersive)
Where decision-making is concerned, it feels pretty minor.
There are some puzzles but aside from choosing your love interest, there aren't that many paths.
The transformations are also pretty minor, especially when compared to Gender Bender DNA Twister Extreme, a similar game made by some of the same producers.
Mostly it just doesn't feel very impactful (best way I can describe it), one moment a man, the next a girl, and it doesn't even take a lot of "getting used to".
The art is very good, very often repetitive, but that is understandable and didn't bother me that much.
Also, kind'of a big thing, no sexual content and never full nudity.
And one of the animations was in japanese (which is then used as a running joke through the rest of the story).
Sometimes the images don't fit, for example at some point one of the girls becomes a catgirl, the story explains how it's pretty much permanent,
then some time after (when hit by a wave in the water parc) the cat ears are gone.
It's most likely that the art is missing (combination of outfit and cat ears), so they fix it by "explaining it" in the text.
The UI is very user-friendly, and overall the game runs smoothly.
I spend about 12h for one playthrough, and as much as the writing bothers me at times, I kind'a do want to try some if not all of the other paths so that's a good sign.
So... I actually paid for the game... And I've played it... a lot. I still haven't finished it, so either I read slowly (sorta) or there's a lot of content.
There is a LOT of content.
I'm not going to gush and say it's best game on the site. It IS GOOD, though. (8.0 / 10)
There is a LOT of dialog. It's a real story. It's not a fapfest!
There's custom art, and for times when the art seems static, the story often gives reasons for it... usually in a humorous way.
It's cute and funny.
There are mini-games and logic puzzles... and ways to change the path-flow. (Not a huge number of paths, but a fair number!)
It's well-rounded and worth buying to play through.
A couple of ciritcisms... the writing could be a bit tighter. Sometimes it wanders (like my trains of thought) but other times it seems padded for content. Tighter writing would help, I think.
My biggest problem... the price-point. If they knocked it down to just below $20 ("$19.95" or such) they'd sell a lot more copies and people would feel like it was worth the money.
TL;DR - It's good. It's very close to being worth the money they're asking. They are continuing to work on it and add to it. There's plenty of content to absorb. It's fun and light-hearted. I do NOT REGRET paying for this game.
THIS IS NOT A < 10 HOUR GAME!!
This game is absolutely worth what they're asking for! The writing is amazing!
Honestly, this game makes the other two popular Ren'Py Games(Sudent Transfer/Press-Switch) look like total and absolute trash.
This is by far the best TF game on this site, HANDS DOWN. It's absolutely worth $30.
It has far more than 10-40 hours easily. It's amazing. Especially now. It has great characters, plot, setting, incredible writing, romance (with pathways! (including yuri))
The only caveat here is if you don't like the male being transformed and accepting it. If you don't, than this may not be for you. But the story/writing is amazing!
This has honestly the best characters, settting, and scenarios I've seen on here. It is by far worth $30.
It's honestly an incredibly game, and I don' regret buying it for a second
This game really makes every other game here look terrible. It's definitely worth it.