September 27th, 2021 by Simon Elliott

Sakura Swim Club - PS5 Platinum Review

Sakura Swim Club is a lewd visual novel about a university swimming club and has a Platinum Trophy available in 3 minutes.

If you've played or seen any of Winged Cloud's other visual novels such as Sakura Succubus, you'll probably know what to expect. Essentially it's a romance story following a guy with multiple love interests and features hentai artwork of girls with giant breasts and almost no clothes. For trophy hunters, the game is a dream as all of the text can be skipped and there's not too many dialogue choices so the Platinum can be unlocked in around 3 minutes.

Story wise, you'll follow Kaede, a young man who has just moved to a new school and discovers they have a swimming club which isn't doing particularly well. Two girls, Hiromi and Mieko are currently involved and initially don't see eye to eye with Kaede, but as things progress and the club starts to see improvements, he eventually becomes more appealing to them and they begin to compete for his affections.

The game features a variety of settings you can change to increase the speed of the text or to allow you to skip to important choices by pressing R1 while you're reading through it. There are a number of dialogue choices you'll need to make throughout the story but  the correct choices are listed below.




Overview

  • Release Date: 23rd September, 2021
  • Publisher: Gamuzumi
  • Developer: Winged Cloud
  • Date Started: 24th September, 2021
  • Date Completed: 24th September, 2021
  • Version Played: Digital
  • Price: £7.99 (PS4 & PS5 Version Bundle)
  • Note: Gamuzumi were kind enough to provide a copy of the game for me to review.

The Good

  • The PS4 and PS5 version are bundled together meaning two Platinum trophies are available.
  • If you want to fast forward through the story, the Platinum can be yours in around 3 minutes!
  • The background artwork is nicely designed and helps set the mood for each scene.
  • Plenty of different character and outfit images to view and unlock in the gallery.
  • Probably the most lewd visual novel by Winged Cloud on PlayStation so far (if that's your thing).



The Bad

  • The story isn't particularly engaging and doesn't really have too many surprises, you can sort of guess what's going to happen if you've read or seen Winged Cloud's other visual novels.
  • It mostly just feels like the story is there as a reason to show off the explicit hentai artwork.
  • The price is a bit high at £7.99. I think there'd be more buyers if it was closer to £5.



Hardest Trophy

  • Wrapped Present - Receive your present

If you follow the walkthrough below, all of the trophies will pop in a single run, with this being the last one.




Helpful Tips / Bugs / Glitches / Exploits

No exploits are required. If you're looking for a fast Platinum, head into the settings before you start and copy the image below, then press R1 to skip the story. You can unlock all trophies in a single playthrough providing you make the correct choices so follow the walkthrough below and you'll have the Platinum in under 3 minutes.


 

Platinum Trophy Walkthrough

Follow the options outlined below and you'll grab the Platinum in a single run through the story. The [number] at the start of each dialogue choice is the number of the choice required, with 1 being the top option.
 

Platinum Ending

  • [1] Hurry up.
  • [1] Swimming?
    • TROPHY: Blue and White Stripes
  • [1] Why is it abandoned?
    • TROPHY: The two Terrors
  • [1] Apologise.
  • [2] Why are you discouraging me?
    • TROPHY: No Shelter in the Storm
  • [2] You look worried.
  • [2] Take a steadier pace.
    • TROPHY: Glide through the Water
  • [1] Keep asking her questions.
    • TROPHY: Uplifting Splash
  • [1] I have no doubt.
  • [2] Tarot cards.
    • TROPHY: Captivating Game
    • TROPHY: Even more Stripes
  • [1] It's fine, really.
    • TROPHY: Comfortable Learning Environment
  • [2] It's worth a shot.
    • TROPHY: Found it!
  • [2] I don't remember.
    • TROPHY: Getting used to it
    • TROPHY: Drenched
  • [2] What was it like years ago?
  • [1] I should worry.
  • [1] Say something.
    • TROPHY: Competition of Love
  • [2] Alright, alright.
  • [1] It'll be fine.
    • TROPHY: New Swimsuit
    • TROPHY: Fox in a Swimsuit
    • TROPHY: Bunny Hiromi
  • [1] But it was fun.
  • [1] Take a deep breath.
    • TROPHY: Settled Competition
  • [1] Yes. I did.
    • TROPHY: Perfect Dive
    • TROPHY: Secret Santa?
    • TROPHY: Wrapped Present

Platinum Difficulty Rating - 1/10

1/10

It's very simple. Just read (or skip) through the story and make your dialogue choices. Follow the walkthrough above and you'll have the Platinum in a single playthrough.




Platinum Time - 3 Minutes

Skipping the story and quickly choosing the dialogue options I mentioned in the helpful tips section above will allow you to unlock the Platinum in around 3 minutes. I personally managed to grab the Platinum in 2 minutes 53 seconds. Playing through and reading the story properly will obviously depend on your reading speed, but it should take somewhere around 2-4 hours.




Platinum Enjoyment Rating - 10/10

10/10
Another incredibly easy Platinum trophy (or two of them if you include the PS4 and PS5 version). There aren't many dialogue choices and it's smooth to get through in a single run for the Platinum with a guide.


Overall Game Rating - 7/10

7/10
Although the game is probably the most lewd visual novel on PlayStation so far, I'm not convinced it needed to be so graphic. It feels a bit like the artwork existed first and they needed to put a story together so they could show it all off. That said, the story isn't too bad and the Platinum trophy (which is what most people will buy this for) is quick and easy so I can't complain too much. Below are some screenshots from the gallery showing off the characters and their (lack of) clothes.






































Platinum #721

Here are my most recent Platinum Trophies up to and including this game.

# Game Date
721 Sakura Swim Club
PS5
17th September 2021
720 Sakura Swim Club
PS4
24th September 2021
719 Nexomon
PS5
24th September 2021
718 Dojoran
PS5
17th September 2021
717 Dojoran
PS4
17th September 2021
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