We’re not going to talk about Tanto Cuore‘s connotations. It’s a fanservice game. Part of the gameplay mechanic involves sending maids to your chambers. Love points are doled out. Things go south fast if we dwell on such… unpleasantness.
Instead, I’m going to focus on how much fun Tanto Cuore is. If you can look past such trappings, it is a great deck building game. Your goal is to be the player with the most Victory Points. You get these by earning enough Employment and Love Points each turn to send maids to your Chamber and hire new ones.
Each Tanto Cuore maid has her own uses. Some maids aren’t of much value unless you send them to your chamber for Victory Points. Other General Maids can be used to complete actions and chain combos. Private Maids go to your Private Chamber and provide an opportunity to get some sort of boost or boon each turn. Since the world of acquiring and employing maids is quite competitive, you may want to harass an opponent with negative status effects. Illnesses can be inflicted on Private Maids, preventing their bonuses from triggering, while Bad Habits can be stacked in an opponent’s deck to lower their total Victory Points.
Those were a lot of words, right? It’d be a lot easier to understand if you could watch Tanto Cuore in action. Let’s do that. Here I am playing a match against the medium difficulty AI. Spoiler alert: I’m awesome.