Omega Labyrinth Z
Labyrinth Z is a dungeon crawler game for the PS4 and Playstation Vita. It was
submitted with a provisional PEGI 16 rating for depictions of erotic or sexual
The game is
set at the ‘Anberyl Girls Academy’ and legend has it that a holy grail exists
that can grant any wish. It is hidden in
one of the ancient caves that is located somewhere in the school grounds. A group of female students set out to explore
the caves with the aim of finding the grail.
contains strong sexual themes and nudity. Throughout the course of the game the
player is required to take part in a series of mini-games which feature
frequent female sexual nudity, eroticisation and sexual innuendo. The player is required, on occasion, to
sexually arouse the female characters by touching their intimate areas via a
touch screen or by using the analogue thumb sticks.
can choose to interact with any of the playable characters. One of the girls, in
particular, is very youthful both visually and vocally, thus reinforcing the
salacious nature of the game.
Most of the
gameplay is typical of this style of game. The violence in the game is
non-realistic and of a minor nature towards both human and fantasy characters.
When an enemy is defeated the player-character gains experience points and when
they have gained enough experience points they level up which causes their
breasts to grow a cup-size. In this game, bigger breasts mean bigger stats
(such as higher attack, and more health points). Throughout these levels
various items can be collected including swords, shields and underwear. These
items can then be used to equip the characters. This element of the gameplay
typically makes up ninety per cent of the game.
numerous mini-games which feature sexually explicit and ultimately problematic
content. Examples include:
touches certain points on a female character’s body to arouse them. A
successful action will activate a “shame break” where parts of their clothing
come off revealing more of their bodies. The female characters respond with
varying degrees of sexual innuendo and arousal.
The player places honey on the girls’ bodies. A fantastical dog-like
creature then proceeds to lick the honey off their bodies which causes them to
become aroused. Like the previous mini-game, when they reach a certain level of
arousal parts of their clothing fall off or vanish. As the dog licks at the honey,
the girls respond with sexualised language. In both this mini-game and the
previous one, if their breasts or thighs are touched a jiggle animation will be
shown. Selecting the correct area on their body during a “shame break” will
also result in the ‘E-spot’ being activated and the character will respond with
A crystal can
be placed between a character’s breasts. The player must then fondle and rub the
breasts together in order to identify what is in the crystal. The crystal itself has a clearly phallic
quality to it. The player controls the breasts with the analogue sticks or
touchpad. There is also a variation of this mini-game where the player can make
a fairy-like character rub herself up and down on the crystal with accompanying
moans of pleasure.
hot-spring mini-game allows the player to fondle the girls’ breasts. There is
no other interaction in these scenes. Before starting the scene, the player can
select which female they wish to interact with and choose their breast size. For taking
part in this optional mini-game the characters are cured of all ailments and
receive stat boosts.
The VSC Rating Board has
ruled that the video game, Omega Labyrinth Z, will not be issued a UK Certificate
This refusal is
relevant to physical product only (disc, cartridge, etc.)
Under the terms of the Video
Recordings Act (1984), the VSC Rating Board is required to consider the
likelihood of any game causing harm to the user and, subsequently, to wider
society by the way in which the game deals with and portrays images of
criminal, violent or horrific behaviour, illegal drugs and human sexual
The grounds for this decision
are as follows: -
The likely harm being caused
to a viewer or potential viewer, e.g. children or young people.
The game is
explicit in its setting within a “school” environment and the majority of the
characters are young girls - one child is referred to as being a “first year”
student and is seen holding a teddy bear. The game clearly promotes the
sexualisation of children via the sexual interaction between the game player
and the female characters.
The style of the game is such
that it will attract an audience below the age of 18.
There is a serious
danger that impressionable people, i.e. children and young people viewing the
game would conclude that the sexual activity represented normal sexual
behaviour. There is a constant theme of sexual innuendo and activity
throughout the game that suggests behaviour likely to normalise sexual activity
towards children. As a means of reward gained by successfully navigating the
game, the player has the means to sexually stimulate the female characters by
using either a hand held remote device or touch screen software.
The VSC Rating Board believes
this content in a game, which would have strong appeal to non-adult players, is
an issue which would be unacceptable to the majority of UK consumers and, more
importantly, has the potential to be significantly harmful in terms of the
social and moral development of younger people in particular.