[Forbidden Games] Softporn Adventure

Welcome to the twelft entry of this column in which I review forbidden (and forgotten) retro games with adult contents.

A lot of the games that will be revisited here will have, as well as adult themes, some contents that may offend somebody. But please remember, we are here just to re-discover something rightfully forgotten, so don’t take it so seriously, we don’want to offend anybody. Just have fun and laugh 🙂

Today’s game is where everything began, the alpha of the erotism in video games, Softporn Adventure.

The game has been released in 1981 for the Apple II created by Charles Benton. Due to the nature of the game Benton had a lot of difficulties to find a distributor until Ken Williams noticed it. The protagonist of the game is involved in a quest searching for certain items that help him to win the heart of three women (no, not the three we see on the cover…)
This game inspired another famous adult adventure series, Leisure Suit Larry, that came out as a sort of remake of the original game in 1986.

Why is forgotten?

Softporn Adventure has never been really forgotten due to its aura of “milestone” in the field of adult video games and due to the fact that it was a great success for the then young On-Line Systems, contrarily to other adult games of the past (of which I’ve already discussed in this column)

Why is forbidden?

The most incredible thing associated with this game is probably its box art. And not because it shows three ladies inside a jacuzzi, but because thr one on the right with a glass of champagne in her hand is Roberta Williams, co-founder along with her husband of Sierra On-Line and one of the most important women in the history of video games: Mystery House, the first graphic adventure ever creates, has been her idea. Even the other women depicted were working for Sierra: Diane Segel on the left was the product manager and Susan Davis was Sierra bookkeeper. The game itself, as the title reveals, hasn’t got such an adult plot, being a “soft” adventure but it was nevertheless one of the first widely known erotic games for computer. This, coupled with the press coverage due to the adult contents of the game, ignited the sales that reached the (then) incredible number of 50000 copies. The same coverage that helpes the sales, however, was also responsible for the quick withdraw of the game from the market after only a few months.

Another major critic to the game was that the parser didn’t recognize the word “woman”. Try to think about it now in 2018…

Why is fun?

This game is funny to play because the adult contents never become TOO adult as it will be for Leisure Suite Larry. Plus the absence of any kind og graphic depictions od nudity (except the “infamous” cover art) is a blessing even for the ultra-puritans.

How can I play it?

Are you hardcore gamers? So prepare to spend at least 500€ if not even more. 😦

Something similar but a bit less crappy???

Since this game is not crappy at all, at least compared to other games featured here, this time the list include three games absolutely crappy:

  • The Farmer’s Daughter, the first game I talked about when I’ve christened [Forbidden Games]
  • Lula: The Sexy Empire, an as forgettable as fun “business simulation” game with adult contents release in 1998
  • Wet Attack: The Empire Cums Back, a follow-up of the Lula games

And finally, if you need other games related to this which are crappy and adult oriented like Softporn Adventure, stick around, more games will be covered soon!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. I have not played this game. I did not expect a popular and well-made game to be discussed in this column. It also seems strange that the box art showed people involved in developing the game and not models (I have always wondered where many of the actors used in live-action sequences in older games came from). The text seems to be quite descriptive and like a crime noir book. There also seems to be a hint at a dystopian setting.
    Does the game still feel erotic despite relying on descriptions? Is the story just romantic, or does it have a slightly adventurous plot?


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