The PS Vita dungeon crawler MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death may have impressed us this month at E3, but sadly, it looks it won’t get a chance to impress Australian audiences anytime soon. The Australian Classification Board refused to give the game a ratings classification, essentially banning it from sale, much like what previously happened with other recent games such as Hotline Miami 2 or Saints Row IV.
This action has been a rarity ever since Australia introduced an R18+ rating for their games, but while this may be one of the most puzzling cases of it yet, with several gamers initially stumped over the decision due to the game’s cute, wide-eyed fantasy style, it turns out the reason for all of this lies with one of the game’s protagonists, Connie. Apparently, the Vita game has a feature that allows you to touch any of the five main characters, provoking certain reactions from them, which the board felt was highly inappropriate for a character that appeared to be a child (Connie’s age isn’t made fully clear, although the game’s official site mentions her as having a “youthful exuberance”), especially given certain phrases such as “smooth,” “super-flat,” “just a little squishy,” or “woah.”
Notably, MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death has received a “Teen” rating for American audiences, having been deemed suitable for those ages thirteen and older, and its rating in Japan is for those twelve and older.