German cover art
|Developer(s)||cdv Software Entertainment|
|Publisher(s)||cdv Software Entertainment|
Lula 3D is an adult adventure video game developed and published by cdv Software Entertainment for the personal computer. It was released in Europe on June 22, 2005, and it is part of the Lula video game series.
The plot centers on Lula, a pornographic actress, who is trying to produce her next porn movie, but must delay her shoot when her female co-stars are kidnapped. The player guides Lula to recover her lost co-stars. The title received negative reviews from critics, who felt that technical problems and low-brow humor removed enjoyment from the game. The game received a 28% and a 24.60% from review aggregate websites Metacritic and GameRankings respectively.
Lula 3D is an adventure game where the player controls Lula, an actress who must save her kidnapped co-stars to shoot her next movie. She can be turned using the mouse and moved using the keyboard from a third person perspective, although attempting to move and turn at the same time can sometimes lead the game to crash. The player interacts with the environment by clicking on people and objects in the environment. Lula encounters puzzles throughout the game, and in order to progress through the game's storyline, the player must complete them.
The solutions to the puzzles often have a strange theme; in one puzzle, Lula flashes her dressing accsesories to distract a clerk instead of using a more standardized adventure gaming device. The game does not allow the player to progress through the story until they have talked with all characters and clicked on all objects in an area. Lula is often required to perform appropriate acts in order to interact with characters and advance. The viewer is sometimes required to watch cut-scenes. The scenes sometimes lack detail and during one particular scene, the male hair is missing altogether.
The Lula series was originally developed by German company cdv Software Entertainment in response to the lack of mainstream Western adult video games. The series attempted to remove the censorship commonly found in American erotic games, such as the Leisure Suit Larry video game series. The game's voice acting was originally in German, but was translated for international versions of the game with different voice actors. The developers used motion capture for both action and erotic scenes. The game advertises its "Bouncin' Boobs Technology" on its cover, and it used motion capture to create the effect.
Lula 3D received mostly negative reviews from critics for its technical issues and flat humor; the game received a 28% and a 24.60% from review aggregate websites Metacritic and GameRankings respectively. Just Adventure's Randy Sluganski felt that though the game should be praised for not compromising its adult content, it held too many technical glitches and mediocre action sequences to be truly enjoyable. PC Zone called the game "oddly compelling" for its utter lack of quality, feeling that it landed in the "so bad it's good" category. Eurogamer's Ellie Gibson stated that the game was "an 'erotic' adventure aimed squarely at 12 year old boys." She criticized the game for its flat humor, mediocre graphics, sub-par translations, and poor sound design. TVG's critic Chris Leyton defined the game as "one of the worst titles in recent years". Critics panned the game's reported "Bouncin' Boobs Technology" as being unrealistic and childish for a mature game.
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