Frank Miller’s Sin City is still one of the most highly regarded works of fiction in the graphic novel arena. It’s inspired films, comic books, and video games to mirror the gritty, high-contrasting black and white inked art-style that was rife with adult themes all throughout the story. Well, developer Ktulhu Solutions decided to take that concept to the next level with their 18+, uncensored visual novel, Metropolis: Lux Obscrua.
The non-linear plot follows recently released convict, John Lockhart, as he makes his way through the seedy crime-ridden streets of Metropolis. Players will have to duke it out in fights using a match-3 puzzle mechanic for the combat, as well as drop some dimes on some dames who aren’t above the sordid stains on the soul of a one night stand.
I was thoroughly taken aback by how dynamic the art-style is, especially since most visual novels seem to cater toward the manga-style art from Japan rather than the Western-themed art found in most American made graphic novels. You can get a glimpse at some of the art, the puzzle-style combat system, and some of the story sequences in the launch trailer below.
This is the sort of game that you keep minimized until you tuck little Timmy in at night and then pull up the screen when the Mrs., is snoring away during the wee hours of the moon-painted sky.
While it seems like Metropolis: Lux Obscura is all about schmoozing sexy ladies and killing violent thugs, there are also a number of story related plots that unfold at the tip of the player’s fingers. You’ll have to choose which routes John takes while he navigates the criminal underworld of Metropolis and fend for his life on the thug-drunk streets of the overcrowded urban landscape.
There are four different endings to the game and plenty of hardcore action – both violent and sexual – for players to encounter.
One of the neat things about the art here is that you really get a feel for the atmosphere, and the environments are highly populated with activity. It really helps the world pop to life in all its licentious glory.
If you’re interested in picking up a copy of Metropolis: Lux Obscura, you can do so for only $8.00 from over on the NSFW Nutaku store page.