[Forbidden Games] Vinyl Goddess from Mars


Welcome to the twenty-eigth 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 Vinyl Goddess From Mars.

Since I’ve mentioned this game among the “suggested” titles in my last post of the [Forbidden Games] column (well it was long ago!) I think it was a good game to start again to post about these crappy games that are getting a lot of success on this blog: the most read posts are from this column (you filthy readers… 🙂 ).

The game was developed by Six Pund Sledge Studios, in their only outing in the video games world and published by Union Logic Software Publishing, a company that apparently lasted only one year, and in that year – 1995 – published three games: this one, the almost average Teen Agent and finally one good game, Radix: Beyond the Void, one of the games I’ve grown up with.

Why is forgotten?

Vinyl Goddess from Mars wasn’t born with this title. Actually it was meant to be a completely different game, since it had to be Jill of the Jungle II, sequel of Jill of the Jungle, the game that game Epic Games its popularity. But they sold the game and here we are with Vinyl.

This is a rather traditional three-chapters shareware game of the 90s on the same style of those produced by id Software and Apogee. The plot is rather bizarre because it involves our titular character, Vinyl (modeled after Deborah Dutch even though the model on the cover id Debra Dare) shipwrecked on an alien planet on her way to go to an intergalactic B-movies conference.

The game was canned by Epic Games (and given to Six Pound Sledge Studios) that preferred to release Jazz Jackrabbit so Vinyl is like an unwanted son; that’s the reason why it’s largely forgotten even though has been “resurrected” sometimes on the interned by youtubers such as LGR.

Why is forbidden?

The only thing that makes this title (kinda) stand out among thousands of similar games is the cover art and the intro screen. The in-game graphics doesn’t feature nude girls nor erotic situations since the main character is just a bunch of pixels in a scrolling platformer.

Why is fun?

For the lovers of the 90s and the platformers maniacs this could be a playable game, but the overall presentation and the gameplay is very straightforward and mediocre in comparison of other similar games of the period. The plot represents something a bit different from the usual but that’s not something that makes you want to play Vinyl…

How can I play it?

This is a game that from time to time shows up in online auctions and right now there’s a sealed copy from Germany with a starting price of 599€. Or if you want there’s “buy it now” option for 999€. I don’t think some of you would like to buy it at that price, right?

Something similar but a bit less crappy???

  • Jill of the Jungle, where it all began
  • Bio Menace
  • Jazz Jackrabbit, the game that Epic released insted of Vinyl

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

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Funnily enough, I remember playing the shareware version of this. I have no idea how I ended up with it, but the title screen and opening level are familiar to me.

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    1. benez256 says:

      For sure it’s something that sticks in the mind of a 10-or-so year old boy 🙂

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  2. I have not played this game. The story for the game seems very bizarre (the character visiting a B-movie conference seems very appropriate), although the graphics seems very colourful for these types of games. It seems very unusual that the game does not feature any erotic aspects. I notice that the developers of the game only made this game, which seems usual for the games described in this series of articles.
    How is the main character a Vinyl Goddess? Is Jill of the Jungle another forbidden game?

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  3. “the most read posts are from this column”… Ha! Why does that not surprise me? You know what they say, sex sells. That’s certainly true online at least 😛

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    1. benez256 says:

      …it’s true even offline 😂

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