When it comes to including mature content in games, larger, more established developers have a bit of a problem. They could include a naked villager or a lurid 'adult' scene here and there, but then they’ll have to deal with the negative attention such a stunt would generate. For most developers not named Rockstar, that just means a lot of hassle, conservative boycotts, and lost sales.
Indie games don’t have this problem. For indie developers, any publicity is good publicity.
So it should come as no surprise that indie games can often have some pretty adult themes. How adult? Let’s just say that nothing is off the table. And when I say nothing, I mean absolutely nothing.
Do you want a game where you shoot an 'adult' video? Child’s play. How about a game where you manage a menagerie of cam women? Or a game where you sleep with literally everyone? Including barnyard animals?
Like I said, indie games can get a little wild. Here’s 15 that get so wild it’ll make you blush.
Strap yourselves in, ‘cause we’re in for a wild ride.
15 Cibele - Millenial Simulator 2015
Sometimes a game can be very adult without being overtly sexual. Cibele is one of those games.
In Cibele you play as Nina as she goes about her online life. The game is actually equal parts game and simulator - while much of the actual game will revolve around a fake MMORPG in which Nina interacts with her love interest, at any point you can just stop and rummage through the files on your desktop, looking through photos, journals, and emails. As the game progresses you’ll listen to Nina and her beau share witty reparteec which progresses into the two sharing compliments, contact info, and eventually going on a real life date.
Oh, and those photos I mentioned? They’re compromising.
14 Dragonia - Cheap Thrills
Not every indie game has the same kind of polish as the ones above. Dragonia is a more, shall we say, bare-bones approach to gaming. Dragonia is a bullet-hell isometric shooter with RPG elements, according to the description, and after every mission, you’re rewarded with an anime pinup girl briefly flashed on your screen.
It’s not exactly the most original presentation I’ve ever seen, but it is cheap. Like, super cheap. Like two bucks cheap. So I guess there are two reasons why this game is popular under the “adult” tag on Steam.
13 HunieCam Studio - You Won't Believe What These Girls Do On Camera!
The follow-up game from the developer that brought you Hunie Pop, HunieCam Studio allows the player to take control of a budding media empire of camgirls.
What’s a camgirl? Well, it’s a woman that gets on a webcam and performs. Sometimes she could put on a one-woman rendition of Hamlet. Other times she could be doing less wholesome things. As you’ll find in HunieCam Studio, it’s the latter that most often gets the most views.
And this game is all about the views. Your viewership will determine your lady’s lifestyles which you will maintain via multiple animated menus. You’ll send your girls to the cam studio, to the strip club, to do promo and book deals, and even to the grocery store, ‘cause a girl still has to eat.
12 Haydee - Who Knew Robots Could Bounce?
Do you like your girls thicc? Do you like your girls to be mostly robots? Then Haydee is the intersection of the Venn diagram you never thought would happen.
Haydee is an action-platform-puzzle-adventure game where you play as a robot lady without any pants, but platform heels and jiggle physics. I’m not sure why a robot needs high heels and jiggle physics, but I’m sure it’s all in the name of art. Or something.
There’s a passing resemblance to the aesthetic of Portal, as well as the general plot of trying to escape a weird government facility, but it has none of the charm and 300% the sexual content. It’s also far harder. You’ll die. A lot. But it’s OK, ‘cause you’re thicc.
11 Leisure Suit Larry In The Land Of The Lounge Lizards: Reloaded - The Longest Title Award
Oh, Larry - you’ve been the sleazy underbelly of gaming since time immemorial.
Leisure Suit Larry practically created the adult adventure game genre with its balding, 40-something protagonist stumbling from one insane situation to the next. In pretty much every Leisure Suit Larry game you point and click on attractive women and attempt to sleep with them using only puns and awful double entendres. Not surprisingly, you often strike out and land flat on your ass.
This particular game is actually a remake of the original Land of the Lounge Lizards released in 1987 (which would actually put Larry well into his 70s). In it, you’ll follow Larry around Las Vegas as he wanders from casino to casino looking for love in all the wrong places.
10 [Blank] Studio Tycoon - Not As Exciting As It Seems
Ever wanted to know what it’d be like to be in the 'adult' industry? Well, wonder no longer since now the world has [P...]Porno Studio Tycoon, the premiere adult industry simulation game.
And I have some bad news for you: the 'adult' industry is a lot like any other industry in that there’s a lot of sales charts, a lot of boring meetings, and a lot of awful interviews. There’s not nearly as much actual nudity as you’d think, and there’s no actual interecouse. But there’s a lot of half-naked policemen showing up at your door and a bunch of pizza guys who don’t make any more deliveries after showing up at one hot actress’ apartment.
9 Stick Shift - The Very Best Innuendo
The developer of Stick Shift, Robert Yang, asked a very pertinent question: how can you expand the eroticism of games beyond merely displaying nude models and sex acts? The answer was to create a gay car.
I am not making this up.
Stick Shift is a game where you suggestively shift gears. And that’s it. The better your grip on your car, the higher the gear you’ll be able to shift to. As you do, your male driver appears to achieve ever greater heights of ecstasy until finally either shifting into sixth gear or getting pulled over by the cops.
I can’t imagine why the cops would be pulling you over in this game.
8 Genital Jousting - Joust Like Your Virginity Depends On It!
Let’s start with some good ‘ol fashioned fun. You remember Snake? The old DOS game where you have to gobble up pixels and keep getting longer and longer until you run out of room? Well, this is nothing like that except the passing resemblance to the male phallus.
Genital Jousting pits opposing - erm, genitals - in a battle for dominance. Your objective is to get your wriggling - um, head - into the moving target of an enemy's butt. Last one to find a home for their crown while keeping their derriere empty is the winner.
You can also dress your genitals in nice clothing if you’re feeling fancy.
7 Bastard Bonds - Burly Orcs And More!
This one’s a little bit more serious, however no less adult. Bastard Bonds is an old-school pixel RPG where you play as either a human or orc character who seeks to escape from prison and clear their name. Or not - during character creation, you get to write your own backstory, and one of the things you can decide on is what got you into prison in the first place. One option is “buggery,” for which you can be an “unrepentant buggerer” which will net you a longer prison term until you break out.
Of course, that’s all just backstory. To get to the juicy content, you have to activate it by going into the game settings and turning on all the “adult” material. Nude and burly orcs galore!
6 House Party - D-Bag Simulator
Have you ever wanted to know what it’d be like to be on a show like The Bachelor? No? Me neither. But now you can, with House Party!
House Party is a throwback to the 80s style adventure games (of which Leisure Suit Larry was born), but updated with some modern trappings like 3D graphics and actual recorded voice lines. You’ll wander around the titular house party, interacting with guests and trying to determine their dirty little secrets. Or just trying to pick up chicks.
If you’re a total sleaze you can drag people up to your bedroom where you can ask them to disrobe and take pictures. Or sleep with you. ‘Cause you’re a sleaze.
5 Mr. Massagy - I Swear It's Entirely Platonic
First of all, I’d like to point out there is absolutely nothing sexual about the game Mr. Massagy. You play as an absurdly buff massage therapist who has a perfectly healthy dating life. You go on perfectly normal dates with perfectly normal ladies where you will often be asked to display your professional knowledge by offering perfectly chaste massages.
Some of your potential dates include a werewolf, a talking cow, a tiny fairy, and a jar of mayo.
And I can say with all honesty that jar of mayo is one classy lady.
4 Plug & Play - I Can't Even
I know some of the games already on this list bend the definition of “mature themes” quite a bit, but this game bends it to the breaking point and then throws the two pieces into a woodchipper and lights the detritus on fire.
Plug & Play is the sort of artistic game that presents the player with a screen, some objects, and an expectation you’ll eventually figure out what to do. It’s quite possible to go 20 minutes in this game and accomplish absolutely nothing.
But if you approach the game with the knowledge that plugs are supposed to go into holes, and then you stretch the definition of the word “hole,” you’ll make progress. Notable accomplishments include a human centipede reference and erecting a finger via electrical outlet. None of which is suggestive of anything.
3 HuniePop - Date Till You Drop!
For those looking for a little more 'adult' material in their Candy Crush knockoff, HuniePop is the game for you. It’s a dating sim slash puzzle game where you match the tiles to gain the affection of your anime-inspired date. The tiles you match will provide your date with a different experience, with some dates preferring an evening of fun and excitement while others prefer a night where you sit and talk about your childhood.
Each woman may start off fully clothed, but as you play the game and unlock costumes, everyone can become significantly under-dressed. Or dressed as a French maid. Or dressed as a neko-cat lady, if you’re into that.
2 Succulent - I Still Can't Even
Robert Yang’s second title explores eroticism in a very different manner. The game is entirely played by inserting delightful delectables into a scantily clad model’s mouth. The longer you hold it there, and the more you wiggle it around, the more… um. Stuff happens?
Your two doppelgangers groping themselves in the background aren’t really integral to anything, but I will say they start tacitly agreeing with your actions, then wholeheartedly agreeing, and then become completely enamored with your performance to the point of suffering a psychedelic drug-induced stroke. And I mean that in the unfortunate medical event way and not the sexual euphemism way.
1 Shower With Your Dad Simulator - Please Make It Stop
To begin you pick your dad. Dad can either be white, brown, or Viking. Your objective is to direct your kid to shower with his respective dad. The game ends when he stumbles into the shower of the wrong dad and suffers an awkward but culturally expanding experience.
There’s also a ton of other game modes like Dadathalon, Endurodad, and a sidescrolling dad-shooting minigame. This game is, without a doubt, the most fun you can have with your dad. That is, unless you decide to play a regular game with him and avoid having any uncomfortable conversations about your hobby, gaming, and why it has so much to do with showering.