[Forbidden Games] Fascination


Welcome to the ninth entry of this column in which I review forbidden (and forgotten) retro games with adult contents.

A lot of the games that will be revisited here will have, as well as adult themes, some contents that may offend somebody. But please remember, we are here just to re-discover something rightfully forgotten, so don’t take it so seriously, we don’want to offend anybody. Just have fun and laugh 🙂

Today’s game is the graphic adventure Fascination.

The game has been developed in 1991 by Cocktel Vision, a french software house that made both education titles and games with adult contents and distributed by Tomahawk, its publishing subsidiary . Of couse here we’re more interested in the latter kind of games and we can indicate as their top-3 Geisha, Cougar Force and the explicit Emmanuelle: A game of eroticism.

Fascination is a graphic adventure, a genre that had its peak of popularity in the early 90s thanks to two major complanies, Sierra OnLine and LucasArts. However, for its contents, we can think about Fascination as a less grotesque version of Leisure Suit Larry but with a more pronounced sensuality. This is also a game of which I’m particularly fond of since it was one of the 100+ games featured in the Dutch Flyer games compilation I had when I was a kid. If you missed what it was “Dutch Flyer” you can have a look here.

Why is forgotten?

The graphic adventure genre, at least in its retro-declination has become popular (again) in the last yeasr, thanks to some excellent games such as Thimbleweed Park, ideated by Ron Gilbert, the genius behind some of the best games of the 90s (Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge…if this are not enough……) but it was propably the genre of choce in the early 90s. The two main companies, Sierra OnLine and LucasArts left almost nothing but crumbles to the competitors and Cocktel Vision had to share this thin slice of markets with a lot of other companies. It is no accident that today just a few people remember Fascination, no because is the worst game of the genre, but just because it was one in a million.

Why is forbidden?

Do you remember those awful beautiful erotic thriller of the early 90s? The ones in which sometimes you could find David Duchovny? Right, those ones. Fascination is just like them. Nothing that has to banned but you know. A boob here, an ass there, nipples that pop out here and there…the same old story…

Why is fun?

As far as I’m concerned graphics adventures are some of the best games ever released. Of couse we have to distinguish between masterpieces, awful games and the inbetweeners. Fascination stands in this last category, probably in the lowest tier of it but is not an horrible game. Graphically is not so bad but the puzzles and the story are a bit lacklustre so you’ll probably enjoy it only if you’re a lover of the genre and a lover of forgotten games. However seeing some gorgeous ladies realized in a good pixel-art while you play an adventure is always entertaining.

How can I play it?

If you want to play by the rules you have to get the original MS-DOS floppy to play it, but prepare to spend no less than 50€ if it’s ok for you to have it as a part of a compilation or 70-80€ for the big box. As far as I know Fascination has never been re-released in modern years.

Something similar but a bit less crappy???

There are thousands of graphics adventures out there you should try but for the following shortlist I will stick to some a bit overlooked or underappreciated:

  • Loom (1990), one of the earliest LuasArts graphic adventures to use the SCUMM engine;
  • Dreamweb (1994), a peculiar adventure with explicit situations and some adult (although blurry) contents;
  • Lure of the Temptress (1992), the greatest adventure made by Revolution software

And finally, if you need other games related to this which are crappy and adult oriented like Fascination, stick around, more games will be covered soon!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. I have not played this game. I have only played a few graphical adventures and I did not realise they have become more popular recently. This game seems a lot less crude than the other games featured in this series and it does seem similar to erotic thrillers released around the same time.
    What is the story of the game? What puzzles are used in the game?

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  2. Great to see another fan of Loom here – it made the list in my recent blog post on my top 10 adventure games of all time. I agree that Lure of the Temptress was another excellent game, although it missed out on my top 10, mainly because I thought that someone might cry “foul” if I included three Revolution games in the list!

    I do like your forbidden games series. Beyond the obvious Strip Poker stuff, I never realised there were so many titles like this back then. Maybe I was just naive or perhaps they were never available in the UK?

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    1. benez256 says:

      Hi and thanks for sharing your comment! I had a copy of Lure of the Temptress in the Dutch games compilation and it was one of the games I’ve played the most. I liked the setting, the highly verbose description of the environment and that bit of “stealth” action, especially at the beginning of the game. Since I love graphic adventures, Lure it’s a game that was bound to be in that shortlist.

      The Forbidden Games section is one of the latest I’ve launched and it came from an article in an issue of Retro Gamer. I try to cover some forgotten games and browsing the web I realized that there are more game than I thought with adult contents, even though sometimes they’re more funny than erotic. I have to admit I’ve played some of the games via emulation, for example the first one I’ve published, The Farmer’s Daughter, which is impossible to find on cassette, at least here in Italy…

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