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Updated November 20, 2004
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Suds Skin Parts 1
"A Hotel for those long Summer Days"
Gaming Gold Award Winner for Best Gaming Babe: Sandra
On a warm summer day, Agatha and Johnny went
off to the beach to relax. Much to Agatha's surprise, Johnny announces
that he had won a free stay at the Soho Hotel! Johnny had worked in the
hotel before; hoping to meet some old friends and relax a little during
As soon as Agatha and Johnny were done cooling
off, Johnny packed up to the Soho Hotel, where he would in fact meet some
old freinds. But it had become apparent that some new women have been waiting
for Johnny to arrive as well...
use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|In a sort of Myst-inspired
format, Suds Skin is an adventure game where you see everything through
Johnny Abbot's eyes. This decision to make you visualize the game through
the hero's eyes helps you imagine yourself in Johnny's shoes a whole lot
easier (not to mention the fact that it gives the artists in the game a
chance to concentrate on drawing the different rooms in the Soho Hotel
instead of having a cumbersome main character walk around the screen).
One thing that surprised
me about Suds Skin is the decision to use still pictures of women instead
of attempting to draw all the characters in the game. Usually when you
combine pre-drawn graphics with stills of human beings, they usually fail
to blend. But this is actually where Suds Skin compensates for lack of
animation. While all of the rooms in the game have no animation, the rooms
are drawn very well. Also, the photos of the characters in the game are
probably as good as you can get it on a 320*200 resolution.
The opening level
of the game also features a tutorial level, where you get to know a little
more about one of the game's female models than you're supposed to. Needless
to say (and there will be many warnings of this throughout this game review)
do not download this game if you're under 18 years of age!!
smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
|One of the new things
BULMA Produktions added to Suds Skin is Sound Blaster-quality music, implemented
through the QMidi sound package (which can be turned on and off if your
computer does not support the QMidi sound package.) The music is a mix
of tunes that sound like they come from a mid-budget porn flick and (unusually
enough) tunes from commercial first-person shooters. This somehow fits
with the military theme the game's story has taken, and it also adds a
dash of hilarity to some of the game's rowdier scenes =)
Suds Skin Parts 1
& 2 also comes with sound effects (and in that respect they pull no
stops). During the more entertaining parts of Johnny's adventures, the
different girls in the game seem to come with their own distinct sounds
of ooh-ing and ah-ing. The incessant moaning can sometimes compete with
hotel sounds in real life! So, if you didn't pick it up the first time,
this game has lots of adult content. Please do not download if you're under
precision of control and involvement of character within its universe
set up a pretty solid gameplay formula. Basically, the game starts at a
hotel. You use the mouse to click on the various objects in each room to
observe them. If you want to talk to anyone, then you click on them. If
you want to go to another room, then you can click on the room.
Some rooms offer
a slightly more complicated interface than others, allowing you to choose
whether to examine, use, manipulate, or talk to people and objects. This
is generally a signal that the room has a puzzle that needs to be solved,
usually to proceed with the game.
Occasionally, a girl
you talk to will offer more dialogue. It's important that you say the right
things or else you won't impress the girl. But if your wit is sharp enough
(and this is the adult part...) um... let's just say the girl rewards you
for your excellent sense of humor.
creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
breaks bounds for adult videogames not only by making it in QB, no sir.
Believe it or not, Suds Skin is an adult game with a developing plot that
(this could be good or bad depending on your taste) doesn't completely
revolve around sex. This is a true rarity in the video game industry indeed,
and the game even features multi-linear story paths.
As the game is set
up like a Leisure Suit Larry manner, the game is a mixture of solving clicking
on item-oriented puzzles and picking up women. This setup allows the writer
of Suds Skin to direct the game through text narration. And while the translation
from Spanish to English isn't neither 100% complete or perfect in terms
of structure, it does effectively carry on the plot from Suds Skin's intro
However, let everyone
reading this review be warned: even if Suds Skin lost all of it's sound
effects and other assorted bells and whistles, the adult language in this
game is probably enough to skyrocket the game to "adult" level on its own.
This is the kind of game that's intense enough for V Planet to come up
with an "Adult Game" policy. So don't even think about trying this game
if you're under 18 because the language will be too much for you minors.
|Replay Value (n.)
timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated
again and again
|Average. The English/Spanish
translation and simple control system make it charming despite the fact
that some of the translations weren't completed. Also, the graphics are
beautiful (which is important considering that games like Suds Skin rely
on it's looks for at least some of its replay value).
Even though the game
has improved in length, it's still a little too short and straightforward
to offer any replay value beyond the two-point range, although there's
a good chance you'll play both parts a few extra times just to see if there
are other ways to steer the game in a different direction.
strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and
|Challenge is another
area where Suds Skin shows great improvement, particularly because the
game itself is no longer demo's length. Finding all of the game's story
paths require a little more time and creativity, and the puzzles essential
to completing the game could be a little more complicated, although it's
good that none of the item-related puzzles in the game really interfere
with the game's flow.
The key to getting
the most out of Johnny Abbott's adventure is good conversation. If you
say the wrong things to women (a.k.a. be extremely rude or careless), then
that could either change the game's direction or force your game into a
story path that leads to a Game Over. But if you play it too safe, you
won't be able to unlock all of the game's scenes. With that in mind, the
safest way to play the game is to be conservative at first, then use the
passwords to backtrack later on in the game if anything is missed.
|Fun Factor (n.)
overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|A lot of things
have happened since the last time Suds Skin was reviewed, and BULMA Produktions
kept a lot of V Planet's wish list for this game in mind. The game is much
larger than it was before, bragging multiple story paths and featuring
several girls to charm. There are puzzle elements to resolve and there's
even music in the background-- all joyous additions that make this the
most ambitious BULMA Produktions project to date.
Even the gameplay
has improved significantly. I do not want to sound like some stir-crazy
pervert, but even with all sexuality aside BULMA Produktions is doing a
very good job, adding some tricks in the dialog and puzzles every now and
then to add some balance to the game's more hardcore material. The game
suffers from occasional jolts of non-translated text and a shaky plotline,
but otherwise the transition is seamless.
The only thing lacking
in Suds Skin Parts 1 & 2 is completion. BULMA Produktions leaves Johnny
Abbott in a cliff-hanger position in this game, and Part 1 was really the
bulk of the work in the game. The mixture of rendered backgrounds with
photographed models are great, the level of quality never falters, and
there's a sense that the game's plot will lead on to bigger and better
things. This expansion to Suds Skin is definitely the one BULMA fans have
been looking forward to, but it will likely have adult gamers begging for
Suds Skin Parts
1 & 2 reviewed by Vance Velez
||To solve: 45 min Final Rating:
download Suds Skin Parts 1 & 2 (3.66MB), click here.
you're unzipping this program in DOS, use the -d option.
game is mouse-compatible. Make sure it is hooked up when playing this game.
play Suds Skin, run "SUDSENG.EXE".
Back to Puzzle
out of 35 points
Highs: Multi-linear story paths allow
you to skip the scenes you've already played while trying to figure out
what you've missed.
Lows: This adult game only allows you
to quit the game under certain circumstances, making hiding the game from
the kids a little difficult.
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