[Forbidden Games] Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

Welcome to the twenty-first 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 Elvira: Mistress of the Dark.

Yessss, that’s the kind of horror we like..skeletons, magic and boobs…

For non-US gamers like I am Elvira is just one of the many horror-themed adventures, but since the titular character, played by Cassandra Peterson, ran a quite popular show in the US, for my transoceanic readers this game is like a movie-themed title.

For all of you who don’t know her…she’s Cassandra Peterson

The games was developed by Horrorsoft, a label owned by Adventure Soft (founded as Adventure International) that, after Elvira, released also the sequel Jaws of Cerberus in 1991 and WaxWorks in 1992. The distribution was handled by the well-known Accolade, that has in its titles roster games like Ace of Aces (1986), the first Test Drive (1987), the Hardball series (from 1989), the summer and winter edition of The Games (1991 and 1992) and Bubsy 2 (1994).

The game was ported with various consoles and computer, namely Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and MS-DOS and all of them got very positive reviews that went from 81% of ZZap! 64 to 93% of Zero.

Why is forgotten?

If I have to be frank, this time we’re not talking about a particularly forgotten/forbidden game. It is actually the opposite. Elvira won the prize as 1991 Best RPG assingned by Computer Gaming World and ZZap! named is as one of ther “hot games” for C64.

We’re democratic about boobs, not only Elvira here…

My first experience with this game has been through my absolutely illegal version of Dutch Flyer and I’ve been intrigued not only by the funny gameplay but even by the sinuosity of Elvira herself. Something definitely not to miss 😉

Why is forbidden?

Cassandra Peterson could have easily been one of the wet dreams of the horror audience back in the late 80s and the game tries (when it can) to emphatize the killer body of Elvira. And that’s not the end, since it pushed quite hard also on some gory images like the one here below.

For a guy like I am who has an innatural fear of strange eyes (especially white) in foreground this would have been a little shock…

Why is fun?

Elvira is a funny and interesting adventure RPG à la Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss or Shadowgate, to give you an idea and the gameplay is tried-and-tested, easy to pick and not too difficult to handle for non RPG-ists

How can I play it?

A good boxed MS-DOS copy could set you back, since you have to pay next to 100€, while the other version are very hard to find and I suppose the prices could be even higher. However, if you don’t wat to play by the rules, you can easily download the game for free, but I’m not here to sponsor piracy 😉

Something similar but a bit less crappy???

  • Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss, one of the best Ultima titles of the time.
  • Shadowgate, a 1987 Mac game translated a few years later on the NES.
  • Entombed, a 1994 games for Windows I happened to have on my PC but I’ve ended up discovering it’s quite obscure.

And finally, if you need other games related to this which are crappy and adult oriented like Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, stick around, more games will be covered soon!

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7 Comments Add yours

    1. benez256 says:

      Grazie Lucio!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Thanks for sharing BENEZ256! I haven’t played Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, let alone knew about this survival horror video game. It does look pretty awesome. There should be remake of this games with the current generation of graphics. Anyway, I think imma need a strategy guide to play this game.


  1. I remember playing an illegal copy of Haws of Cerberus when I was about 10. I have no idea how I came into possession of it and I had no idea how to play it either. Surprising how something like that sticks in your memory!

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    1. benez256 says:

      I’ve never played Haws of Cerberus, but the first Elvira was quite funny! Probably one day I’ll complete it…

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  2. I have not played this game. It seems unusual for one of these games to be so critically acclaimed, especially as it is based on a film. The pictures from the game seem very retro, especially the way the items and actions are listed along the border. The game over image does seem very gory for a funny game.
    Does this game follow the story of the film? Is this game deliberately erotic? Or is just the design for Elvira?


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