Leather Goddesses of Phobos

Tagged: Game

Videogame (1986). Infocom. Designed by Steve Meretzky. Platforms: Amiga, Amstrad, AppleII, Atari8, AtariST, C64, DOS, Mac.

Leather Goddesses of Phobos is a puzzle-based text Adventure game set in 1936. The eponymous alien women intend to invade Earth and turn it into their private pleasure world; as the adventure begins the player (having chosen a male or female character) is kidnapped to serve as their experimental subject. For reasons that are not entirely clear, the player character is assumed to oppose this plan. Without too much effort, the player can escape from a cell and set off on a whirlwind tour of the solar system, collecting the assortment of objects which a newly acquired sidekick assures them will guarantee victory. Leather Goddesses of Phobos is generally suggestive rather than erotic, written in an innuendo-laden style resembling that of a campy Sex farce. It pays frequent homage to the Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers film serials of the 1930s, making their implicit sexuality rather more overt. The game succeeds in being mildly amusing, notably when responding to player instructions.

Related works: The sequel, Leather Goddesses of Phobos 2: Gas Pump Girls Meet the Pulsating Inconvenience from Planet X! (1992 Infocom, DOS) designed by Steve Meretzky, is a graphical Adventure with a mouse-driven interface, set in the 1950s. Its plot features the arrival on Earth of an Alien from the tenth planet ("Planet X") who requests help against the resurgent forces of the Leather Goddesses; the style owes much to 1950s science fiction B-movies. The game received generally poor reviews, at least partly due to being released for commercial reasons before development was complete. [NT]

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