What can I tell you about Leather Goddesses of Phobos? Let's check in with wikipedia...
Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhide and skin
A goddess is a female deity in polytheistic religions
Phobos is the innermost and larger of the two natural satellites of Mars
Well, that explains it.
Leather Goddesses of Phobos are female deities from a moon of Mars who are made from a durable material.
But that's not the image I get in my head when I read the title.
|THIS is closer to the image I get in my head, but that's Space Quest IV clearly referencing this game|
Leather Goddesses of Phobos had an obvious clickbait title decades before clickbait titles existed. It makes you (or me, at least) think of scantily clad (leather-clad obviously) women (perhaps with omnipotent parents) from space.
Going into the game I'm expecting a combination of gratuitous text-based sexual references combined with ridiculous comedy.
|Like this but in space|
The game name existed for many years before the game itself was even thought of – apparently in 1982 Meretzky added the name “Leather Goddesses of Phobos” to a list of the company's games on a chalkboard as a joke. The name was removed before anyone outside the company saw it, but it remained as an in-joke amongst the staff, and was used a few times in other games, including Starcross (did you notice it, Joe?)
The game came with some 'feelies' including a comic of “Lane Mastadon where Lane Battles the Shameless Leather Goddesses, in actual 3D!!!
|Nice picture, but there's clearly no leather here|
|If anyone has a pair of those old red/blue 3d glasses, let me know if this looks cool|
|Getting a few laughs out of me before the game even starts – bravo, game!|
I start the game in a bar in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, in 1936. I feel an urge.
I do my usual game-starting routine of examining everything in my inventory and everything in the starting location.
Each time I do something my urge gets more urgent.
At some point the urge in my bladder becomes too much and make a mess before two aliens (who speak English) appear and decide I'm worthless and take someone else instead. Three weeks later, the Earth is invaded and everyone is enslaved by the Leather Goddesses of Phobos.
Okay, my first attempt lasted 4 turns and gave me a score of 0 out of 9309. Not a good start. Let's see if I can do any better.
There are only two places I can go from the bar, the ladies room or the gents room. This is an in-game gender selection, which I like – much better than a “What sex are you? Press M or F” Though I could easily imagine a Larry Laffer type immediately checking out the ladies room first.
|One of the other 'feelies' in the game box is a scratch n sniff card with 7 smells on it.|
|I clicked on this picture of Phobos and what I saw left me absolutely speechless!|
In the only other cell in the area, I find an occupant, Trent (Tiffany if I play as a woman)
Trent gives me a matchbook with items we'll need for him to create a Super-Duper Anti-Leather Goddesses of Phobos Attack Machine!!!
- a common household blender
- six feet of rubber hose
- a pair of cotton balls
- an eighty-two degree angle
- a headlight from any 1933 Ford
- a white mouse
- any size photo of Jean Harlow
- a copy of the Cleveland phone book
|I also find a seemingly meaningless matrix of letters which I expect to be significantly meaningful|
|This is what scientists of the 80s thought Venus looked like|
Climb TrentFrustrated, I checked online for hints and found out the right syntax to do exactly what I'd been trying to do for ages.
Ask Trent to climb shoulders
Go on Trent
Use trent shoulders
|You just said you didn't know the word “shoulders', then used it two sentences later - are you screwing with me, text parser?|
I'd also previously tried using Trent to reach a high shelf back on Phobos, to no avail, so I went back to a previous save and picked up a wicker basket using the 'Stand on Trent' command, and continued playing until this point.
Having escaped the Venus flytrap and the Walkthrough-inducing hole, I continued on through the jungle, picking up a can of “MarsCo Brand Black Hyperdimensional Transport Circle Stain' on the way, and found a house with both a front and rear entrance.
The rear entrance was besieged by an 'extraordinary number' of door-to-door salesman. One salesman was desperate to barter with me, so I offered him some of my stuff. He rejected all my items apart from the flashlight. I'm not sure I won't regret this later when I go to Planet of the Grues, but I give him the flashlight. He gives me a TEE remover, but doesn't explain what it does.
Before I can ask any questions, the salesman is carried off my a giant Venusian MegaMoth. The game proclaims that 'The other salesmen scatter like frightened salesmen.' I got another good chuckle at this line – the humour's working for me whenever it's not resorting to innuendo.
Once again, I surprise myself by guessing what something in this game does, I use my TRAY with the TEE remover machine, turning it into a RAY, which 'looks a little like Ray whtsisname from second grade'. I also use the blanket, turning it into a blanke, and so on. I restore my game until I know what I want to remove a 'T' from, and try the other door.
|There's no T in Team|
After unsuccessfully trying a few more things, the scientist forces Trent and I down a chute into his lab, where he has two caged gorillas and two slabs for strapping down human victims, along with a red power switch.
I also notice a rubber hose in the gorilla cage, which excites me because it's on the list we need to create Trent's machine. After a few moves, the scientist straps us down onto the slabs. I wait, then the scientist pulls the switch and I'm inside the cage, and inside the male gorilla. Being that this is the first time I've been in a room with a member of the opposite sex and this is a supposedly raunchy game, I make advances to the other gorilla. I think I solved a puzzle accidentally, because the scientist leaves, stating that 'Der sex drive uf a species resides in der body, not in der brain'.
I know that if I can get out of the cage, I can pull the switch and hopefully get back into my own body. I tried opening the bars of the cage but wasn't quite strong enough. The game points out that the bars almost give. Deciding I just need a little help, I scan the room. Trent and my body are useless on the slabs. I try everything I can think of to get the female gorilla to help me with the bars but can't get the game to understand. Remembering the incident with Trent's shoulders, I turn back to the hint book to work out how to get Miss Gorilla to help me with the cage.
|How can I get her to help me?|
Egad! I'm stuck in the cage in the body of a gorilla!
- Have you tried to bend the bars as a gorilla?
- You need a little more energy...
- ...like you might get from a sugar rush...
- ...from eating the chocolate you were given in your cell!
I reload and give the male gorilla the chocolate before the scientist straps me down this time (actually I completely restarted the game because I'd eaten the chocolate earlier on and forgotten to restore my game).
I grab the hose, eat the chocolate and can now open the bars. I untie myself and Trent, drop the hose and pull the switch.
Back in my own body, I leave the slab and take the hos...
|Dear Adventure Games: Limited inventory space is NOT FUN!|
We'll stop for now and continue next time when I spend some time on Mars.
Time played: 3 hr 50 mins
Total time: 3 hr 50 mins
Inventory: rubber hose, wicker basket, stool, rule book, brass loincloth (worn), tray, painting, blanket, scrap of paper, matchbook, can of black stain, odd machine, coin