Topaz Games originally had their game Rabbit Thief banned from Steam back on April 14th, 2019. Topaz Games is now looking to try their hand at releasing the game again, this time under the name Rabbit Girl and with a more honest store page that actually represents the content of the game.
There’s currently a new store page currently up and live for Rabbit Girl, which went live on April 16th, 2019, two days after Rabbit Thief got banned. The concept of the game is themed around a rabbit girl who is reluctant to bathe, so you have to rinse her clean. You have to use bathing lotions and a hose to rinse her down. The trailer looks innocuous enough, with the player taking on the role of a cleaner who has to lather her up and rinse her down. You can see the gameplay trailer below to get an idea of what it’s like.
The gameplay looks fairly innocent, right? Well, apparently it gets a lot more raunchy according to the Steam page’s mature content descriptor, which reads…
“This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Nudity or Sexual Content, General Mature Content “
The store doesn’t have an Adults Only flag on it, though, so either Topaz has yet to add it or they’re trying to pull a fast one on Valve.
Given that the SteamDB entry states that the game was submitted under ShineG&Zombie Mincer it’s doubtful that it will last long on Steam before Valve figures out and drops the ban-hammer on it.
The major difference between Rabbit Girl and Rabbit Thief is that this time around they don’t seem to be trying to hide what the game is about. With Rabbit Thief they changed it to a sliding picture puzzle game after some SJWs took notice of the title and tried to have it banned (which they successfully managed to do).
This time around, the video trailer and images paint the game as a far more innocent venture, without including the NSFW elements that put it under the spotlight before. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, the NSFW trailer can be viewed below.
Now it’s possible that Topaz Games might feign innocence by claiming that these are two completely different games, and it’s possible they could get away with that if Rabbit Thief didn’t contain the cleaning mini-game or if Rabbit Girl doesn’t contain the torture-porn aspects, but given the general description for the mature content in Rabbit Girl, it sounds like it’s still an Adults Only, raunchy game for those 18 years and older.
Given how inconsistent Valve has been with banning games lately, it’s a tough call to determine if Rabbit Girl will get a pass or if Valve will see it as the dev attempting to duck a ban. Technically, the app ID was submitted to Steam as far back as October 25th, 2017 when Topaz was going by GaluluGame and the game was being promoted under the title ShineG&Zombie Mincer. It was supposed enter into beta testing at some undetermined time, but in February, 2019 some of the information was changed around and then it was given a complete name and content overhaul in April of 2019.
It’s a crap shoot at this point, but if I were a betting man I would presume that if Valve banned it once under the Rabbit Thief title they’ll ban it again after it was renamed to Rabbit Girl and commandeered an old app ID.
(Thanks for the news tip StarKitsune)