For the first time, tapping and swiping on my iPad felt dirty. The premise of Luxuria Superbia sounds harmless enough, tasking you with using your fingers to fill a flower with color. But when the words “grip my petals” and “pollinate me” appear on screen, it’s hard not to blush. The developers at Tale of Tales may say that Luxuria Superbia isn’t a sex game, but it’s hard to think about much else when you’re playing. “Luxuria Superbia is an ode to joy,” explain creators Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn via email. “It’s a testament to the importance of joy in our lives.”
In a lot of ways, Luxuria Superbia is structured much like your typical mobile game. It’s based around a single core mechanic — in this case, stroking petals to infuse them with color — and the ultimate goal is simply to get a high score. There are a number of different levels to play through, which get more challenging by adding more petals into the mix. The trick is that the petals can become overstimulated if you touch them for too long, ending the game — in its later stages Luxuria Superbia becomes a plate spinning act where you’re trying to keep all of the petals filled with color without overdoing it. “Be careful not to finish too quickly,” the game warns.