To Love & Protect Brad Main Route Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

Basic Premise: The MC discovers she’s the president’s daughter and must now be protected from his enemies.

My general impressions of the app and other route reviews can be found here.

Positives

  • The MC reveals her identity to the public, makes an effort to understand her new role, and takes part in ceremonial functions. Her interactions with her father, while short, are also nice.
  • The peril scene near the end is both threatening and amusing at the appropriate moments.
  • The MC and Brad’s last conversation is really good.

Negatives

  • Too few interactions + not enough spark in the few times they are together = my not buying the MC and Brad’s attraction.
  • Good grief, author, keep the MC’s attitude toward Brad consistent. I’d prefer it not be the one where she seems like she’s two minutes from humping his leg, but if you chose that and stuck with it I’d still take it over this scattered jumble.
  • Several selection moments had no choices I found reasonable.

Quotes

  • Brad: “I know it may come as a bit of a surprise because of the way that I’ve been acting, but I…I love you, MC.”
  • Me: “Why? What time have y’all actually spent together? WHEN did this happen? Answer me, game!

Bottom Line: Not recommended.

Voltage Entertainment USA’s To Love & Protect is available on iOS and Android.

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To Love & Protect Marc Main Route Impressions and Review – Spoilers

Basic Premise: The MC discovers she’s the president’s daughter and must now be protected from his enemies.

My general impressions of the app and other route reviews can be found here.

*Spoilers for the Central Mystery Ahead*

Positives

  • The MC doesn’t immediately click with her father and has some trouble adjusting to her new circumstances.
  • Some of the conversations and internal dialog made me laugh.
  • The main mystery plot does not focus on the MC or her father’s political enemies but on Marc’s serial killer case. The handling of the kidnapping and how the case resolves (or rather doesn’t resolve) surprised and pleased me. People get scared no matter who’s with them, suspects refuse to talk, and murders go unsolved. It didn’t feel unsatisfying though; more of this please!
  • Marc’s making it a point to detangle his expectations and feelings about the MC from his former girlfriend and telling her so is surprisingly well done. He’s reasonable, he’s fair, and (mostly) sounds like a believable person. The MC’s response is good too.

Negatives

  • The MC has to be under constant surveillance yet still bops out to get groceries alone in the middle of the night so she can run into Marc for a small relationship building moment that could have been worked in elsewhere. And no one brings it up. And later in the story she gets scolded for running off. This is just the first example. Her security needs are terribly inconsistent and her encounters with different characters don’t feel natural. I kept sighing and asking, “Care to explain yourself, game?”
  • The dialog and interactions between the two leads aren’t good enough to overcome all the “now wait a minute” moments it takes to get them together.

Everything Else

  • Using the symbolism behind the flowers is a nice touch, but the in-game explanation is wrong.

Bottom Line: Despite the problems, it’s still worth reading if you can get it on sale.

Voltage Entertainment USA’s To Love & Protect is available on iOS and Android.

To Love & Protect Chadwick Main Route Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

Basic Premise: The MC discovers she’s the president’s daughter and must now be protected from his enemies.

My general impressions of the app and other route reviews can be found here.

Positives

  • This MC is wonderful and real. She faces problems, defends herself in reasonable ways, gives support without being pushy, reads people well, and (my favorite) doesn’t act like a brat when she sees someone else cozying up to Chadwick.
  • Chadwick is polite, focused, competent, interested in intellectual pursuits without being a know-it-all, needs to work on loosening up… I just described a Jane Austen leading man. No wonder I like him so much. XD
  • Lynda, Sarah, and Karen aren’t quite my favorite bunch of secondary Voltage ladies, but they’re close. All three have distinct personalities and different dynamics with the MC and each other. Lynda’s my hero. She knows who she is, knows what she wants, and doesn’t care who else knows it too.

Negatives

  • The moment when the main couple finally get together is anticlimactic…like Persuasion actually.

Quotes

  • MC: Oh, come on! How can he know Greek philosophy off the top of his head but still be that clueless with women?!
  • Me: Ha! He’s Mr. Lydia! XD

Bottom Line: Recommended. Despite my problems with the app in general, I like this route enough to replay it.

Voltage Entertainment USA’s To Love & Protect is available on iOS and Android.

To Love & Protect General Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

Wow. There really isn’t a review for To Love & Protect besides the app store pages and my Maxwell scribbles? Time to download all those routes I bought during the $.99 sale and get to work!

I’m back.  Dang.  Voltage USA’s writers certainly have improved over the past couple of years.  That was rough.

Basic Premise: The MC discovers she’s the president’s daughter and must now be protected from his enemies.

Okay, I have to get a few things out of my system before I talk about any individual routes.

  • The art style, proportions, and some of the backgrounds are off-putting enough that I eventually put an index card over the picture portion. They’re pretty bad.
  • Even if the proportions were perfect and the backgrounds always matched, I would still cover it up. The photo-realistic art style clashes with the escapist, slightly goofy tone the story needs the reader to feel to buy into the less believable parts of the story.
  • And there ARE some less believable parts in every route. It’s all in service of the plot, but good grief. The game is set in modern America. The Secret Service and NSA has technology and resources; how are y’all so bad at protecting individuals under your care?
  • I loathe the prolog. The main character’s kidnapped and then hears from the United States President that he’s her father. And he claims he couldn’t find her or her mother. But can he still get to be her dad and everything’s okay, right? And the MC accepts it and is cool with everything. Excuse me? He’s the ******* President and “he couldn’t find her” in the same city until she was in danger? With all those resources? Yeah. Sure, dude. And he wants an easy relationship without any proper explanation or effort. Wouldn’t want her to embarrass you, now would we? >:-/
  • All this makes me wish the game had been set sixty years ago. It would make the laxer security and inability to gather information more believable. 😦

Anyone still here after that lengthy vent session? 😀 I actually DO like a To Love & Protect route.

Headline News Impressions and Reviews

Brad: Not recommended.  Full review found here.

Chadwick: Recommended. Full review found here.

Edgar: Not recommended. I gave up after three chapters. The two leads manage to be both inconsistent yet infuriating.

Ellis: Not recommended. Again, I gave up after three chapters. He could not be more unprofessional, and she could not be more inconsistent and pushy.

Felix: Not recommended. Good grief, this entire thing is so STUPID. I made it to the end though.

Marc: Wait for a sale.  Full review found here.

Maxwell: Not recommended.  Full review found here.

Voltage Entertainment USA’s To Love & Protect is available on iOS and Android.

To Love & Protect Maxwell Main Route Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

Basic Premise: The MC discovers she’s the president’s daughter and must now be protected from his enemies.

My general impressions of the app and other route reviews can be found here.

Positives

  • The MC has a part-time job and is competent at it.
  • The antagonists are amusing, and the peril scenes contain some good jokes.

Negatives

  • The MC and literally every other woman in the game is attracted to Maxwell, and the MC keeps nattering on about how physically attractive he is. The art style is something I had to work very hard to ignore so having this repeatedly brought up is jarring.
  • Many of the choice moments have no selections I found reasonable.
  • Maxwell himself is like a robot – a boring robot who announces his personality traits and spits out his history without building a friendship or relationship first.
  • Very little time is spent with secondary characters or any of the other bodyguards.
  • I’ll let Maxwell tell you my main problem with the story: “I’m starting to think Felix is better suited to be your bodyguard than me. Actually, I’m sure that at this point, anyone else would be a better choice.” Without going into spoilers…he’s not wrong. He fails on such basic protocol levels (and physical confrontations) that endanger his charge that he should have been suspended if not fired. Instead he’s patted on the head. ARGH.

Bottom Line: Not recommended.

Voltage Entertainment USA’s To Love & Protect is available on iOS and Android.