Gym Lover” is an erotic visual novel, wherein you play a newly hired fitness coach for a gym that is populated by sexy young females.

“Gym Lover – EP1” offers some pretty impressive visuals (both animated and non-animated graphics), and I find the game’s story to be rather interesting. I would also like to point out that the music and sound effects are very well done, something of which has done quite a lot for the overall gameplay experience.

Naturally, wanting to take a move on the first girl you come across, it doesn’t go well: Besides being told off by the gym manager, Meredith, you also find that the head coach, Jason is a muscular Lothario who not only helps the females in the gym, but in bed as well.

gym lover ep 1 yuna

You start off the game with a rather hard choice (be quick! Or be dead! Just kidding lol).

Annoyed at Jason’s attitude, you vow to do better than him – in all respects.

Episode 1 is fairly short (no more than an hour at best), and is really an introduction to the main storyline, and introduces the main protagonist (who wants to do his best; Meredith who is unperturbed by Jason’s antics whilst at work, reasoning it’s something the females miss due to marital problems and so on; Jason who is a pretty arrogant and the protagonist’s friend,  Yuna, whom Jason takes a liking, and which annoys the protagonist no end).

gym lover ep 1 meredith

Say hello to Meredith, the female boss of the gym.

Story-wise, it Is quite entertaining. So it’s going to be interesting to see how the story develops in the game series in the future.

Dialogue is somewhat stilted, though, with a few grammatical errors. For some reason, spoken dialogue is without quotes, whilst thoughts are within quotes, which is rather weird.

There are a few options during play, although whether they affect the story, later on, is unknown – they certainly don’t affect the story or dialogue in this episode.

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Gym Lover EP1’s sex scenes are split between some static scenes and animated ones.

Control-wise, options are limited – you can skip dialogue (at variable speeds), save and switch sound and music on or off.  Unfortunately, there is no history and you can’t go backwards through the dialogue either.

Graphically, the game is very nice! and the game’s characters are nicely detailed, and the sex scenes are animated which is a nice touch. The sound effects here are fun as well.

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Yes, you guessed it! There are indeed animated sections with timed mini-games in “Gym Lover – EP1”.

I’m not sure of the need for a timed mini-game during the sex scenes…You see, the scene won’t progress until you’re done, which makes them rather redundant. Perhaps they’ll be updated in further episodes.

gym lover ep 1 she loves my joystick

“Gym Lover – EP1” is by no means a long game (you can finish the game within two hours). However, since the game is a rather interesting 18+ lewd VN, I’m going to let that one slide (I sure hope that EP2 will be a bit longer though).

Musically, the tune is fine.  It does loop, but you’ll soon forget it’s there. All in all, though, it has an interesting premise that should bode well for further episodes.

Pros:
+ Sex scenes are animated, and some have mini-games too, although not sure those are needed.
+ Music and sound effects are good.
+ Graphics overall are very nice and detailed.
+ Story is interesting.

Cons:
– For some reason, text in quotes seems to be regarded as the character’s thoughts, whilst text without quotes is dialogue spoken aloud, which is the reverse of the usual convention.
– At the moment, it seems choices don’t matter.
– The story is short.

Gameplay: 3/5
Graphics: 4/5
Sound and music: 3/5
Controls: 3/5
Replay value: 3/5
Story: 3/5

tgg grade 3 out of 5

Verdict: 3/5
“Gym Lover” (Episode 1) is a short, but interesting adult visual novel that will be worth seeing whether the story goes. Hopefully, when the story continues, choices will affect the story. For the length, it’s somewhat overpriced, and hopefully, later episodes are much longer.

Title: Gym Lover (Episode 1)
Developer: JC Global
Format: Web game
Genre:  Adult visual novel
Resolution: Desktop default
Release date: 2022-06-22
Difficulty: N/A
Spent time: + 1 hours
Average grade internationally: N/A Metacritic.com
PEGI age rating:
+18
Price:  $10 (9.66) Euros (from Erogames.com)

Credit:
Robin Ek – Editor

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