I was gonna do this write-up stuff in something like chronological order, but you know what? Chronology can bite me.
Dev/Pub: Naxat | System: PC Engine Duo | Date: 1993
Fausseté Amour is one of those games I longed to play for years, because it was supposedly a crazy, hardcore, candy-colored take on Bionic Commando. So I finally gave in and bought it a few months ago and…well. I think Kurt’s write-up pretty much says it all: Fausseté Amour is a fairly mediocre game about lady butts. Oh, and it also involves grappling, sometimes, as an afterthought.
The game’s heroine, whose name I didn’t bother to remember, is more Arthur than Radd — she wears a suit of pink armor that explodes and leaves her in her underwear at the slightest contact with a bad guy. Turnabout’s fair play, right? But when boxer-clad Arthur died, he collapsed into a pile of bones. When chicky here croaks, she ends up in a naked heap on the floor. And all the bosses she fights have large naked breasts, which is never particularly titillating since the bosses are giant, muscular, furry monsters. Uh, yeah.
This is one of those missed opportunities — underwear girl has a grappling hook, but the game doesn’t really do anything interesting with it. Controls are stiff and mechanical, and you can’t really chain together grapples and swings to do any sort of advanced platforming. But I guess that was intentional. I think the designers intended Fausseté Amour to be played to lose, so you can enjoy a three-second glimpse of a dead woman’s five-pixel tush. Naxat’s still around, apparently, since their name appears as the publisher on occasional Virtual Console releases…but I’m pretty sure we won’t be seeing this one during an import week.