Okay… What the heck did I just play? I…I don’t really know. But I think I liked it!
Luxuria Superbia is the stimulating new game from Tale of Tales, most well known for games like The Path on PC, or The Graveyard, which saw a mobile release. It’s a very unique game that kind of defies conventional genres and is hard to classify, so I won’t bother trying. What it is, is a very beautiful, abstract touch game with gorgeous, colorful visuals and what can only be described as sensuous mechanics. It’s…something, alright.
You are gliding or flying through a flower tunnel. Each side, or groove, is full of petals to touch. Touching them will result in that petal groove filling with color. Your goal is to fill the entire flower with color, but, you have to pace yourself. You can’t just touch every petal as quickly as possible and win. You’ve got to take your time and be gentle, starting off slow. If you finish too quickly, you fail. A triple ringed circle in the top left corner indicates your progress, and you need at least one circle to be filled to succeed. The more rings that are filled, the faster the level goes. In the climax of each level, you pretty much need to go as fast as possible to proceed.
Furthermore, each level likes it a bit differently. Certain patterns or motions will make those circles fill up faster than others. The game never tells you outright what to do, but gives you lots of hints, while also egging you on with various risqué, flirty, double-entendre style comments. Really, none of it is all that racy or explicit in the slightest, but any adult who plays this game will probably get that steamy “collar loosening” feeling while playing.
Each flower in the garden, or level, comes in a different color. When you touch petals within these flowers, various objects pop up. One level is themed after a forest, with trees, others after the sea, or sky, with clouds and rainbows. It’s an exquisite aesthetic, and the game is just gorgeous. The music, composed by Walter Hus, is particularly note worthy and distinctive. All of these elements come together to make something special. It falls outside of traditional game challenges, and is really more about the experience, which is definitely worthwhile. Yes, it’s pretty much asking you to have intimate relations with a touch screen, but with so many enticing elements, you’ll be happy to be seduced by this one of a kind game. Luxuria Superbia is available for four dollars at the time of this review. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to take a cold shower.