Softporn Adventure is a text adventure created by Chuck Benton for the Apple II in 1981.
Softporn Adventure is a text adventure created by Chuck Benton for the Apple II in 1981. The game was programmed in AppleSoft BASIC.
Initially released by Benton with his own company Blue Sky Software, the game became famous when it was re-released by Sierra On-Line (known as On-Line Systems at the time).
It is one of the earliest examples of erotic video games. Many remember the famous "hot tub" game cover, with three topless women in a jacuzzi. Interestingly, one of them was Roberta Williams, co-founder of Sierra On-Line and the King's Quest series creator.
Despite being the first game created by Benton, Softport Adventure is an incredibly well-done interactive fiction. The parser is simple: it only accepts one or two words, such as LOOK WALLET, GO EAST, DROP WINE, but despite this, gameplay it's gratifying. The puzzles are not too complicated, and the game is excellent in giving hints without spoiling too much. There are also some simple minigames, such as slot machines and Blackjack, that you will need to play to win in-game money. In this adventure, it's possible to die, but you really must have ignored many suggestions to do so.
This excellent and user-friendly game design was not so standard at the time. Chuck Benton asked his friends to play the game every weekend and asked for their feedback: if some puzzles were too challenging, too easy, etc. This so-called playtesting is a common practice now. Still, at the time, games were tested only by their developers, which is why most of them were so hard. In fact, Softporn Adventure is one of the few text adventures you can play without first downloading a tutorial.
The plot is quite simple. The goal is to sleep with three different women in one night. The first one will be relatively easy, while the last one (the one inside the jacuzzi) is the most difficult. This game is for adults, but sex is mainly left to the imagination. There's nothing too explicit. Softporn adventure is very "soft", especially by today's standards.
Not many know that Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, the first game in the successful Leisure Suit Larry series created by Al Lowe, is an adaptation of Softporn Adventure. Al Lowe invented the character of Larry, which was not in the original text game, but the settings and the plot are very similar.
Whether you liked Larry's adventures, you might want to try this true masterpiece and milestone in the history of video games.
Review by: Manu
Published: 30 March 2022 4:58 pm
Apple II version 0.92 - Language: English - Size: 4.70 Mb
Atari 8-bit version 1.3 - Language: English - Size: 0.97 Mb
DOS version - Language: English - Size: 0.03 Mb