Tuesday, September 15, 2015

How to uncensor the Steam version of Sakura Swim Club

Sakura Spirit developer Winged Cloud has unleashed their first full-blown erogame on Steam, Sakura Swim Club.  The only problem is that the porn has to be patched in and--this being Steam--many users never learned how to patch games manually.


WARNING: The Sakura series is terrible.  If you're looking for sexy anime games, School Days and Shiny Days from JAST USA are fully-animated interactive anime with better story AND sex than Sakura Swim Club.  You have been warned!



Two digital versions of Sakura Swim Club are available: the full game on Nutaku and a cut version on Steam without the adult content.  A free official patch released by Winged Cloud is available to add the adult content from the adult version to the Steam version.

Step-by-step guide to install the adult content patch for the Steam version of Sakura Swim Club (remember, you can skip all this and just buy the Nutaku version instead!):
  1. Buy Sakura Swim Club from Steam and install it.
  2. Download the free official patch from Winged Cloud's Patreon page.  Here's the direct link (valid as of 11/11/15).
  3. Extract the compressed archive Sakura_swim_Club_patch.rar (108 MB).  You'll need to install an extraction program that can handle .rar archives.  I recommend 7-Zip (if you're confused and don't know which version to download, Windows users click here).
  4. Once extracted, you'll see two files: assets.rpa (30.9 MB) and archive.rpa (80.2 MB).  Copy these two files to your game folder.  By default this will be either:
    1. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Sakura Swim Club\game
    2. C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Sakura Swim Club\game
  5. There will be an assets.rpa and archive.rpa file already in this directory.  Overwrite these old files with the new ones.
  6. Congratulations, the sex scenes in Sakura Swim Club are now unlocked.  Play through the game normally to see them.  The scenes occur late in the game.  You may want to start a new game (rather than load a save file) to make sure the scenes appear.

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Mirrors


I created a temporary mirror of the adult content patch since the official link went down for a few days.  I repacked the files as a ZIP archive so users wouldn't have to install 7-Zip to decompress it.  Note that the mirror(s) will eventually break.  I won't be maintaining them unless the official link goes down again.

MediaFire (11/8/15)

27 comments:

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    1. You're welcome! Let me know if there's any other articles here that interest you.

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  2. does it go the same with the sakura fantasy chapter 1

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    1. The Sakura Fantasy patch works the same way, except it doesn't come as a compressed archive so you can skip the extract / 7-Zip step. There's also only one file to copy over rather than two.

      https://www.patreon.com/posts/updated-sakura-2708835

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  3. is this game playable on the internet for free?

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    1. No. It's available on Steam and Denpasoft for $10.

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    2. If I buy the denpasoft version. Do I still need to install Steam to play the game?

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    3. No, Steam wouldn't even allow an eroge on their platform.

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    1. You need 7-Zip for Mac. You can find the Mac version at the link I gave.

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    2. I downloaded the patch and extracted it. But I can't find the folder to overwrite the files with

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    3. Do a file search on either assets.rpa or archive.rpa. Sakura Swim Club's install directory should be the location of one of the hits.

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  5. How would I overwrite these files

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  6. Can i buy the mac version from denpasoft?

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    1. No clue, but I suspect the Denpasoft version is multiplatform compatible. There's no info on their page about it.

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  7. Thanks for the instructions. :)
    But also: The Sakura series isn't that bad. I've enjoyed it all myself so fat, especially Spirit.

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  8. It wont let me download the patch even though i bought the game on steam.

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    1. Winged Cloud had a fallout with Sekai Project so Sekai Project probably dropped their file hosting. I'll see if I can find a mirror.

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    2. I've created a mirror of the original patch, repacked as a ZIP archive. You'll find the link in the new Mirrors section.

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  9. When I overwrite the 2 files, an error massage appears and it tells me it "Couldn't find file '._assets.rpi " ... Help please

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    1. That doesn't make much sense, since there's no files in the game folder or the patch with that extension. If you provide a screenshot I might be able to provide some insight.

      How to take a screenshot:
      http://www.take-a-screenshot.org/

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  10. Please help, I am on a mac and i have no idea what to do

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  11. So im on winrar, I highlight the archive and assets file, then I replace the two files, but nothing happens, I re-enter the game and they're not there. Do I exit and restart entirely, or am I doing something wrong? Im new to this BTW

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    1. The file replacement should be done with the game closed. You also should probably start a new game rather than load from a previous save file.

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  12. hey so i did this and it patched properly and everything, but there is voices in game now only music and stuff. did i install wrong or is that norm?

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    1. Did your game have voices before the patch? The original didn't have voices, but a Steam update should've added voices.

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