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Luxuria Superbia (Android) Review

 
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Formats: Android, iOs, Ouya, Mac, PC, Linux
 
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Final Score
6.5
6.5/ 10


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Colorful, challenging, soothing.

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No way around it - it's kinda creepy.


Final Fiendish Findings?

The gameplay itself is quite challenging, the colors quite vibrant, and the music quite soothing. It’s unique and a bit over the top – but it’s worth a play through if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Posted November 13, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Tale of Tales brings something…a little naughty to the app store.images

So, if you’re confused as to what Luxuria Superbia is actually about when first you look at it, that’s understandable. It’s colorful; soothing music plays; and you are instructed to tap on a flower to begin your journey. Of course, unless you’re younger than twelve or so that confusion will be gone about ten seconds into your dive into that flower. This is a game about sex, but not in the way you’d typically imagine. It’s more of a metaphor for sex, really, but presented in a way that well, will probably make you a bit uncomfortable at times.
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The main (and only, really) mechanic of the game is your touch. You are told you are going inside a flower, but the flower representing each level right before you begin is the only time you’ll ever really feel like there’s even flowers involved. It’s basically a long, constantly moving tunnel, which you must um, caress in order to change it’s colors. Your goal is to change the entire tunnel from white to beautiful color, by running your fingers along the tunnel in various ways. The color doesn’t change instantly, and there are different variations of colors as well. It also reverts to white if it hasn’t been touched in a while.

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The tunnels are a variety of different shapes inside, with different grooves and patterns that will affect how the colors spread. Your goal is to make the colors spread slowly and steadily – go too fast, and you will finish too soon, without the necessary points needed to advance to the next level. It is actually quite challenging, and gets more so as you work your way through the game. You’ll have to use different techniques on different flowers, all while soothing music plays in the background and random objects (like staring eyes) float through the tunnels.

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All of that would be mostly just vaguely suggestive, in a way that would make you just think you have a dirty mind (don’t we all?) if you didn’t know exactly what kind of experience the developers were trying to evoke. But the flowers talk to you – not in words, but in text floating up from the center of the screen. “Touch me.” “Be gentle.” “Your touch explodes into color.” “Oh, God, hell yes.” As the colors become more vivid, the flowers throb, eventually exploding into white light, ending the level.

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And that’s the part that just got a little creepy for me.The intent is to make the idea of sexuality transcend into spirituality, but it more felt like you were supposed to be trying to pleasure the machine, and  it felt a little cheap. Now that could just be the Midwest in me talking (we’re a restrained bunch), but I felt like it was a bit overdone. The experience that is trying to be presented is pretty much completely obvious from the minute you start the first level, so the over the top exclamations from the flowers really detracted a bit from a game that is, at its core, both soothing and challenging.

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Luxuria Superbia is definitely a game that is not for everyone. The intentionally suggestive content makes a game you probably shouldn’t hand over to the kiddos. For an adult who knows what they’re getting though, it does have some entertaining aspects that are different from the other games you’ve played. The gameplay itself is quite challenging, the colors quite vibrant, and the music quite soothing. It’s unique and a bit over the top – but it’s worth a play through if you’re into that sort of thing.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)