Koi2 is another score-based shooter from the bright colors and unusual minds at Party-Tencho. If you're still recovering from their last mix-up of smoochies and shoot-em-ups, Kissma, this will bring the nightmares back. Prepare yourself for falsetto sound effects and visual logic from the planet Eyestab.
You play a man with blow-dried hair and a terrible sweater, sitting across from a woman who can best be described as "tolerant". The object of the game, as you both slide up and down on hydraulic lifts, is to poke her in the forehead with your finger as many times as you can in one minute. You don't have to lean over — your disembodied hand will just fly over there whenever you click the mouse button.
Periodically, a gift will fall from the ceiling and transform you briefly into a powered-up version of yourself with special abilities. You really have to see these to believe them, but if you play enough times, you will hit every B-movie character archetype you've ever loved, plus a couple more you didn't know you needed in your life. If you get lucky, you might even receive a combination of power-ups that allow you onto the high-score list.
Analysis: To me, this is a story about a real relationship between two people, taken to surreal extremes. The guy is trying to poke the girl in the forehead, which seems to be an expression of affectionate dominance (unless there's some special cultural significance I'm missing). She counters, playfully, by disguising herself, making sudden marriage proposals, winking at the player, generally being seductive and coy. The guy, in return, powers up by indulging extravagantly in his own geeky passions. For that brief period, he truly knows himself, and she is overwhelmed. But then they return to the status quo, where she's largely in control again. At the end, the girl applauds your efforts and invites you to try again. Like Kissma, it's a flirtatious game.
It is also very, very silly.