Games are still fighting to be accepted as an art form to the general public, and even though they are a fantastic and mature entertainment form, some things are still noticeably absent from popular gaming, such as a mature view on sex and same sex relationships. This isn’t from a lack of trying however – in fact, there are numerous developers trying to inject a mature view on sex and sexuality into popular and casual gaming. One such developer is No Reply games, who recently released Seduce Me, a card puzzle/erotica adventure game. Already labeled “Too steamy for Steam”, Seduce Me was part of the Steam Greenlight program, where it was pulled for its mature content. Now available on its own website, Seduce Me is finally here. Does it treat sexual content maturely? Is the game any good?
Seduce Me opens with an introduction to the game’s story. You meet Pietra, a beautiful and powerful socialite at a photo shoot. She then invites you to her mansion to meet friends and acquaintances of hers, and to get to know you a little better. The introduction is brief, and before you know it, you are wandering aimlessly around Pietra’s mansion in search of romance and intimacy. Gameplay revolves around exploring the mansion and its grounds through detailed panorama shots with a cartoonish yet realistic and very romance novel-esque fashion. Hints are given in the form of comic book style onamatopoeias as to where other guests and Pietra herself are located. There are also other, more adult onamatopoeias such as moaning which hint at voyeuristic opportunities.
Upon finding a guest, the player then enters a card game with different rules, depending on the situation. Introducing yourself requires you to match the other person’s score, as to mimic proper social interaction. Flirting requires you to accomplish something similar, but with escalating the card numbers, and so on. There are a number of card games, and while it took me a while I eventually got the hang of them, though sometimes you really are just unlucky, and will lose some of them. Winning or losing a card games yields different results. You have attraction and intimacy levels with individual characters (except for with male characters. The game is played from a heterosexual male’s perspective, after all), as well as overall popularity.
Win a card game, and depending on what it is, you will gain either intimacy or attraction with an individual character and overall popularity, as well as some more unique conversation opportunities with other characters. One character I socialized with was a young woman, who’s mature mother was less-than-impressed by news of my picnic date with her daughter. There are a lot of different scenarios and the writing is particularly clever at fleshing out people’s back stories, fantasies and interactions with the player.
Unfortunately, a lot of situations also repeat themselves when wandering around the mansion. Time doesn’t seem to pass at all and I witnessed one particular couple fornicate in the main hallway of the mansion numerous times. I don’t know what the maid does when she’s not seducing people but hopefully she’s cleaning that hallway a lot! The game is hard too, and I have found myself kicked out of the mansion grounds many a time. I understand the game needs an actual game over/failure mechanic, but getting kicked out of a mansion where people are constantly having sex for saying the wrong thing when you encounter couples fornicating is a tad nonsensical, especially when those couples are in the main hallway of the mansion’s entrance.
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There are no videos or interactive sex scenes in the game. If you are skilled and indeed lucky enough to become attractive and intimate enough with a woman or women in this game, you are rewarded with a brief singular image with comic book style story presentation. It may deter those with a small attention span, but anyone familiar with reading racy romance novels will know what to expect. The sex scenes and stories are well-written, with different fetishes and scenarios to explore. Pietra is a very Kim Kardashian-esque socialite, who is drawn to confidence and intelligent conversation. Completing games with her will unlock the opportunities to hear of racy stories of her having sex with other men in front of her husband (cuckolding), or the opportunity to have sex with her in her sauna.
Other characters have their respective back stories and fetishes that they will be happy to include you in, should you play your cards right (literally). It must be said that every single sexual situation and character are written maturely, and the game bears absolutely nothing in common with the more absurdly perverse Japanese groping games that have gained infamy and internet exposure in recent years. There is absolutely no censorship. All sex scenes are hardcore, and anyone expecting a soft-core movie style sex scene should not play this game.
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The graphics in Seduce Me are simple, yet stylish. The game is presented with a comic book/adult novel presentation, and it must be said, is very bright and pleasant to look at. Locations are what you would expect of a realistically portrayed mansion – Kitchen, hallway, bathroom, beach, sauna, etc. All the characters are adequately designed with some characters resembling real-life models or celebrities (or at least some of their features.) Pietra herself looks in some scenes very reminiscent of Kim Kardashian, and Akanke bearing some resemblance to Beyoncé Knowles. I’m not sure if they were modeled off of real people or the celebrities they resemble, but its probably not important. The game looks fantastic considered it was developed by primarily two people.
There isn’t a lot to say about the sound in Seduce Me. There may have been an opportunity to really capture the atmosphere of some of the scenarios (particularly the sexual ones) if the soundtrack had changed just once, but it doesn’t. There is only one or two tunes played through the entirety of the game, and the entire musical soundtrack sounds identical. It’s not bad, just bland. I’ve heard more exciting elevator music. I understand that a porno-style soundtrack would take away the seriousness of the game and its sexual content, but the lobby music plays constantly, with no change given at any time.
There is also no voice acting or sound effects, which some may find detracting from the game’s core experience, but also lends to the graphic novel presentation of the game.
- One of the only mature adult fantasy games available
- Simple and stylish visual design
- Clever and sexy writing
- Is very hard
- Can be repetitive
- No animation or interactivity besides the card games
Seduce Me doesn’t deserve the negative and ignorant attention it has been receiving as of late. While Valve may not have wanted to support the game by selling it on Steam, it is a mature game which meets the needs of a specific audience, and would certainly appeal to mature-minded male and female gamers and non-gamers alike, as well as anyone who has recently read and enjoyed books like Fifty Shades of Grey. It may not be a perfect game, but it delivers what you would expect from an adult fantasy game. I have no doubt that if No Reply games make a decent profit of this game, any sequels or future titles will be much better given a larger budget, studio staff and development time.