[Forbidden Games] Emmanuelle: A Game of Eroticism

Welcome to the twenty-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 Emmanuelle: A Game of Eroticism.

The game has been developed by Coktel Vision, a company we already know for another game featured in the [Forbiddem Games] column, Fascination. It looks like these french guys knew that sex always sells.

If you are a bit passionate of old movies, you”l know that the 70s has been a great decade for italian movies: we’ve invented Giallo movies (or thrilling or italian thriller), we had spaghetti western, the first splatter movies…we were quite good in making movies. And we also have erotic movies and mondo movies. Emanuelle (with one “m”) was surely one of the most famous of them and the adventures of the titular character were italians’ wet dreams. The movies has been inspired by the french “Emmanuelle” and Cocktel Vision thought about it when they released their game, although the relation between the movie and the game is very loose.

Why is forgotten?

Emmanuelle is a point and click adventure, a genre on fashion in the late 80s and early 90s that, alas has lost all of its appeal with the advent of the third millennium. Also Coktel Vision is not on business anymore, or better is not independend anymore since it has been acquired by Vivendi Games in 2005.

Plus, the game, despite some decent graphics lacked depth and was criticized for being boring and too easy on the puzzles. Do the math and you’ll understand why today someone recalls the movie Emmanuelle but nobody has ever heard about the game.

Why is forbidden?

As an adult game, Emmanuelle centers on the efforts of a man to conquer the titular character.

This involves saying the right thing at the right time, dealing with some thugs and, of course, increase the number of your partners. Although there are no hard scenes you might have a look of Emmanuelle body looking through the keyhole from time to time. Not that much but hey, this isn’t a porn!

Why is fun?

Emmanuelle stands in that category of games “fun because they suck”. One of the biggest complains to the game is the absurdly low level of the dialogues. Something that is not fun at all is the lack of mouse support in certain version making the game impossible to play (have you ever heard of a point and click game where you cannot point nor click???)- Well at least there are always the three ways to increase your “erotic potential”: I leave the task to find them out to you…

How can I play it?

The prices couldn’t be more diverse: a loose copy of the DOS game can be found for like 20€, especially if you’re not looking to a particular language, while a CIB copy of the Amiga game in english can set you back with a tag of 500€ and more. But a human god once invented the internet so you can have it for free…

Something similar but a bit less crappy???

  • Fascination, another Co(c)ktel Vision game
  • Fuck Quest…oh god, when I’ll talk about this it will be awesome!
  • Sex Vixens from Space

And finally, if you need other games related to this which are crappy and adult oriented like Emmanuelle: A Game of Eroticism, stick around, more games will be covered soon!

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. redbavon says:

    Il sesso nei videogiochi non ha mai funzionato. All’epoca dei 16 bit il videogioco era ancora considerato un prodotto per “bambini” (per quanto lo sia ancora oggi da una larga parte di adulti). Se poi consideriamo che secondo gli editori bastava qualche particolare piccante o pruriginoso per farne un prodotto “adult only” (che strizzava parecchio l’occhio agli adolescenti inclini alla trasgressione), il risultato era per lo più un disastro dal punto di vista dell’intrattenimento videoludico. Giusto la serie Leisure Suit Larry è riuscita a sfiorare il tema sesso in maniera divertente ed ironica.


    1. benez256 says:

      In effetti l’erotismo a 8 o 16 bit non era proprio una gran cosa, anche se mi ricordo che i vari Strip Poker che c’erano ai tempi solleticavano un po’ la fantasia…:P

      Liked by 1 person

      1. redbavon says:

        Samantha Fox Strip Poker per C64! Roba trasgressiva 😂😂😂

        Liked by 1 person

      2. benez256 says:

        Tantissima roba! Anche perchè le poppe in formato 8-bit erano ancora più grandi di quelle reali!

        Liked by 1 person

      3. redbavon says:

        Ahahah altro che anti-aliasing e shader! Ci piacevano squadrate così!


  2. I have not played this game. It seems strange for a game released during the late 1980’s or early 1990’s to be based on a film from the 1970’s. I like the aesthetics for the game, the graphics do seem good for the time and the colours used make it look like the game is set during early evening on a endless, hot summer day. I can understand how difficulties using a mouse would ruin a pint and click adventure, it must make the game very irritating to play. The use of a border around the screen also seems like a very unusual design choice.
    What are the easy puzzles in the game? How can a game like this be boring? It seems like anyone playing the game would know what to expect.


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