Theme and What is it?
I originally saw Red Light at Essenspiel in Essen Germany. I sometimes forget just how puritanical we can be in the US. This game is something that when I initially saw it, it kind of turned my tummy. The question “why?”, came to mind.
You are an adult movie producer, and you’re using your powers to make the most fame points through awards. I know that most adults probably have some sort of interaction with adult content. I never gave it much thought as to whether this sort of content would make its way to the niche hobby of games.
The game is a deck builder. No more, no less. The mechanics, are surprisingly solid. I tended to want to dislike the game. However, I tried to separate myself from the theme as much as possible.
With that being said, it is very difficult to separate entirely. Therefore, you should know going into this game, it is smutty by western sensibilities (west of the Atlantic).
I saw this in Germany, and it felt like walking into an adult store to me. There was not anything particularly bad about the booth, I just felt like it was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I realized then, and now, there is nothing politically correct about this game. It is designed to be in your face, and it is.
Game Build Quality
The game is cards, and they are functionally fine. Though, the box insert is actually pretty nice, and something other companies should look at for card games.
Milo Manara, is an Italian artist that has made a career out of the objectification of women. The art is generally from a purely artistic sense, beautiful.
From the point of view of a father in middle America, it bothers me to some extent. It is not the nudity that bothers me, but rather the sexualization of the nudity. I understand, that is exactly what this game is about, but I still have a bit of a hard time with this.
I can imagine college kids getting a kick out of this, maybe even adults in the San Fernando Valley. My presumption is, the bible belt will not be able to separate the game, from the theme.
Age Range & Weight
18+. In the US, I would guess most places would want to obscure most of the images in this game. Their art is art, but probably by American standards, pornographic, though in oil and watercolor form.
The game is fairly simple. It could be played by anyone over the age of 18.
The card in the above picture is very tongue in cheek, but is probably very accurate for this game’s chance in FLGS stores in the US.
I cannot imagine many FLGS stores carrying this product, as many of them would be too worried about upsetting their clientele, many of which are children. I am curious to see how other members of the media see the product, if they will even look at it, and if they will be able to enjoy the game that accompanies the theme.
I am not sure what the market is on this side of the pond. I can tell you, knowing what I know of the game’s history, it was not always well received in Europe either.