Review by TheSAMMIES
Reviewed: 07/30/13 | Updated: 03/17/14
Let's do The Bubble Dance! Yeah!
Warning! Pastel Gal is a pornographic arcade mahjong game. Nichibutsu made a lot of these back in the 80s and this is actually one of their better ones. If you are too young to play games with completely naked cartoon women in them or if you are offended by cartoon nudity, then you should probably skip this one.
So pornographic arcade mahjong games. Has any company contributed more to this sub genres growth than Nichibutsu? Its doubtful. They made a lot of these things and Pastel Gal is one of the first ones released by Nichibutsu. There are even naked women on the title screen. The game itself is actually not bad. The computer doesnt cheat! There is not much reason to play this thing other than its silly quirks that make it stand out a little. Otherwise, youre better off with something like Taisen Hot Gimmick if you want to get your tiles and cartoon boobs fix (you dirty, dirty boy/girl).
Story- Pastel Gal doesnt have much of a story, but its there. The attract mode shows three women doing something called The Bubble Dance over and over again before tearing off their dresses and revealing swimsuits underneath. Its actually a pretty funny animation and is very entertaining if youve been up all night because you cant sleep because of that dream again, but thats another story. Seeing dancers perform The Bubble Dance in less than 32 colors with a low animation count just looks cheesy and silly.
There are some women to choose from. They dont have personalities or anything. They only exist as clothed bodies you can disrobe with your mahjong skills. Oh, but you get their phone number after you beat them! That counts as character development, right? What do you mean it doesnt? It totally does, I swear!
Presentation- Pastel Gal has some interesting choices of colors for its palette. Pastel colors make everything look like it was made with the same set of colors as Care Bears, except instead of bears teaching love and caring its cartoon women playing mahjong and showing you their no-no parts. There is very limited animation. Women will move their hands and legs every so often and theres also that Bubble Dance that amuses my sleep deprived mind so very much.
So, hows the nudity? The games from 1985, none of it is hot in any way shape or form. Come on, this is a video game from the 80s, youre playing it because you want to laugh and play mahjong, not because youre feeling hot and bothered over video games like some kind of hormone addled preteen. For crying out loud, one of the women (Mai) has gray hair! If the graphics werent so low resolution, youd swear she was someones granny! Do you really want to play a strip mahjong game with a naked granny in it with 8-bit graphics? If you answered yes to that question, you need to see someone about your very screwed up sexual health.
Pastel Gal sounds like an old XTC album. Oh wait, that was my music. Pastel Gal doesnt have any music, only forgettable beeps and boops for sound effects. We will never know what music those women doing The Bubble Dance were moving to. Maybe it is nothing at all and theyre just crazy?
Gameplay- Pastel Gal doesnt cheat. That puts it worlds ahead of every mahjong game that does. Your goal is the same as just about every other mahjong game. Get three sets of four and two of a kind. If that isnt specific enough, there are plenty of places online that can teach you the more advanced rules.
Pastel Gal has a quirky atmosphere that makes it more likable than most pornographic arcade mahjong games from the 80s. It isnt particularly good, but it at least gets enough things right to be enjoyable. Go ahead and try it if youre interested, if anything just for that silly Bubble Dance. I cant get enough of that Bubble Dance.
Cool Fact- On the high score screen, you dont just type in your initials, you type in a whole message. If you could tell people one thing using ten characters including spaces, what would it be?
Also Try- Mahjong Erotica Golf and Taisen Hot Gimmick are great pornographic arcade mahjong games. Theyre better than Pastel Gal anyway.
Rating: 3.5 - Good
Product Release: Pastel Gal (JP, 12/31/85)
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