We tested the porn game kids played at Panarotti’s — Fantasia II review

Fantasia 2 Pandora's Box

Fantasia II: Pandora’s Box is an arcade game from 1997 that you would not have found in your local Magic Company.

But why review a 20 year-old risque arcade game? Much to the horror of parents, restaurant managers, and the Spur Corporation, this game was discovered on a custom arcade cabinet in the Alberton Panarotti’s.

Kids reportedly told their parents they were seeing images they probably shouldn’t be, resulting in a small storm and Spur announcing that it has laid criminal charges against the supplier and would be pulling such custom arcades from its stores.

The game combines the simple territory-claiming mechanics of an 80s-era arcade game called Qix (pronounced “kicks”) with nude pictures of various models.

Instead of creating fences to claim territory, however, your marker is a pair of scissors that “cuts out” a magical layer hiding a beautiful naked lady underneath.

On some level it is a crude digital facsimile of undressing young women in compromising poses. On another level, it’s just plain weird.

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Basic gameplay

For those unfamiliar with Qix-like games, the main playing field is usually empty but for an enigmatic stick-like entity called the Qix that moves around unpredictably.

You move a marker around the outskirts of the field, and when you press the game’s button you start drawing straight lines.

The aim is to fill the empty playing field by drawing rectangles from the main edge, or the edges of already-filled rectangles.

If the Qix or any other enemy on the field touches you or your line before you have completed the rectangle, you die.

When you run out of lives, the game is over. If you manage to fill up a certain percentage of the field, you progress to the next level.

Fantasia II’s Qix: monsters from your worst nightmares

Fantasia II’s Qix changes whenever you move to a new level.

The first Qix is a giant spider monster that spawns flies all over the map that can also kill you.

If you beat the first level, the next one contains some kind of tentacle monster Qix.

A censored video of what gameplay looks like is embedded below.

Timers, multiplayer, and the bait-and-switch

In addition to dealing with the Qix and whatever minions it summons, there is also a red and blue bar at the top of the screen that runs from “Down” to “Up”.

Scattered around the obscured picture of the naked girl you are trying to reveal are various blocks and power-ups which move a yellow marker up or down.

If you stray into the red zone, the image of the naked girl is replaced with a monster, or a model dressed like a goth.

Should your yellow marker hit the left-most edge of the Down/Up bar, you are kicked back to the start of the level.

Fantasia II also allows for a second player to join in to help snip away at the pesky overlay.

Overall rating

Mechanically, Fantasia II is actually a pretty fun game. Aesthetically, however, it is certainly questionable.

Certainly, this is a game that in South Africa would likely be rated 18 (in France, this would probably be rated no higher than 12).

I rate Fantasia II a suggestive joystick and a B-grade erotic horror movie out of 9.

Retro joystick


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