Omega Labyrinth Z Refused Classification in the UK

Those eager to try out PQube’s upcoming RPG themed dungeon-crawler Omega Labyrinth Z will be disappointed to learn that the game has been refused classification within the UK, North Ireland, Germany and Australia due to the highly sexualised nature of the mini-games feautred within the game.

As explained by the Video Standards Council, which only rates games for release within the UK, the refusal in classification is due to the likely harm it can cause to people (i.e. young people) as a result of the content found within the game.

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 activity. 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.

So what exactly caused this refusal in classification? Well Omega Labyrinth Z features several different mini-games with each ‘enticing’ the player to engage in sexualised motions with female characters on screen; with each mini-game awarding the player with bonuses and perks that can be used within the game. Detailed explanations of these can be found on the refesual announcement; but the examples can be seen below:

Example 1: The player 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.

Example 2: 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 heightened pleasure.

Example 3: 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.

Example 4: The 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.

These gameplay elements, combined with a younger looking female character and the games colourful ‘impressionable’ artsytle, has made the VSC (Video Standards Council) decide to refuse the game for the UK. This means that the game can not be ‘legally’ sold at retailers within the UK; although the game could still sold into the UK via imports.

In addition Omega Labyrinth Z has also been refused Classification for Northern Ireland, Germany (via the ratings board USK) and Australia (via the ratings board OCB). The game will continue to be released within Europe, but excluding the aforementioned countries, as the game has been rated PEGI 18.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

One Response to Omega Labyrinth Z Refused Classification in the UK

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