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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  • Olly DeLaCray

    Lies! I totally played that game at a magic company once!

  • fred

    Reminds me of the horror of strip poker on the c64 I was once (actually a few times) exposed to as a 10 yr old. Scarred me for life.

  • Yep, that game was definitely in arcades at some point.

  • Jose

    Chiming in with the other posters here, MyGaming. I saw this game at some SA at arcades back in the day, not sure if they were Magic Company or not but definitely in Pretoria based arcades.

  • Space Chief

    Spread vulva / vagina did not occur in Fifty Shades of Grey, Jan. Spread leg shots would be rated 18 in France and pretty much everywhere else. This is not even Playboy level nudity where spread legs don’t occur – lately – maybe in the porn wars of the 70s/80s with Penthouse.

  • Beans

    Scarred you? I think you played it wrong….

  • Space Chief

    Surely phallometry should have been employed by the MyBB reviewer to determine if this game is good or not?

  • Space Chief

    Did you strip the console when it lost and the got a shock from the live current inside? Was that the scar?

  • Space Chief

    I think he was being sarcastic. And it could also refer to the cr-p graphics of that platform. Imagine playing strip poker against butt ugly deformed monster women….u could go blind, even.

  • Telkom Sucks

    Heaven forbid kids see anyone naked :/ Sexual repression starts at a young age in conservative SA I see.. Stop being scared of nudity. Its natural. Your kids have a porn collection that far outdoes anything a 80s arcade game can throw at them.

  • marocam

    pfft what a joke. They should do an article about kids and smartphones. Bust my 15yr old nephew a few times. Not just what’s on the net but snapchat etc… Now that would be an eye opener.

  • ThePhotoGuy

    Hahahahahahahahaha, I remember this game, I used to go crazy when the spider died.

  • Agreed, this definitely was at magic company.

  • No, my six year old girl does in fact not have a porn stash. (The reality is, this issue is actually an issue for those of us here with really young children.)

  • Wurnman

    Really the kids are afraid of the nudy pics but not of that eerie looking fly thing?

  • Jason

    This used to be favorite of mine. Played it all the time at an arcade in Westgate mall, Roodepoort.

  • JellyBaby Fox

    The real issue is, why are you teaching your kids to be embarrassed of their bodies at such a young age.

  • There is a difference between nudity and sexually suggestive.

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