There’s been sex in video games almost as long as there’s been video games. Even the Atari 2600 had some (unofficial) pornographic titles, like Beat ‘Em and Eat ‘Em. Unfortunately, most of these games were heteronormative—and not really all that good from a game-play standpoint, either.
Dirty games fared better on the computer. Sierra’s long-running Leisure Suit Larry series is still well-regarded for mixing sex with comedy … but again, way too straight.
Things are getting much better now, though. Games like Read Only Memories, The Sims and Stardew Valley are all popular—Stardew was 16th on Steam’s best-sellers list of 2016—but what about when you want to get mad rutty? Being able to have a same-sex partner helping you tend farm is great, but it’s not exactly … sexy.
Don’t worry—there are plenty of gay games that also bring the sexy for gaming after dark. Here are five of the best.
1. Bastard Bonds
Your character’s been convicted of a crime you didn’t commit, and you’ve been sentenced to a penal colony (hur hur) on Lukatt Island. Your duty is to escape—with the help of the other convicts on the island, who spend their days in various states of undress (including completely nude). You can play either as a male or female character—but either way, you can bang a bevy of sexy men.
2. Cobra Club HD
Game designer and critic Robert Yang has made many games with a sexy bent. We had so many to choose from, actually—should we go with Succulent? Stick Shift? Though this position could be taken by so many of Yang’s games, we decided to go with Cobra Club HD.
The dick-pic simulator looks at issues of consent, privacy and body image. It also gives the player complete control over what your dick looks like—shaved, natural, long, short, wide, narrow—it’s all there. And unlike the image above, it’s completely uncensored.
Yang’s next game, tentatively titled The Tearoom, explores cruising in a ’60s Manhattan gay bar.
3. Coming Out on Top
Some of the best gay games are visual novels. Gameplay in visual novels is usually limited to just making dialogue choices—but what they lack in action, they make up for in story. And one of the best is ObscuraSoft’s Coming Out on Top—described by reviewer Cara Ellison as “the Citizen Kane of ripped, naked big-dicked dudes in love.” This dating sim is light, funny and above all, fun. Besides, where else can you make out with a giant fish?
4. Cho Aniki
The surprisingly long-lasting series Cho Aniki started in 1992, and the most recent game was released in 2009. Not bad for a bizarre side-scrolling shooter based on a bodybuilder’s intergalactic quest for protein.
The game is part of the “kuso-ge” genre, or “shit game,” a Japanese genre of games that are campy, silly and often bizarre. The name refers more to the strangeness of the game than the quality.
While the game is very tongue-in-cheek, it’s been such a staple that the games have been ported over to modern consoles for streaming, like the Wii (via the Virtual Console) or the Playstation Network.
5. No, Thank You!!!
No, Thank You!!! is another visual novel—this time from Japan, where the genre is massively popular. In this one, you play as Haru, an amnesiac hero who saved a man’s life by pushing him from the path of an oncoming car. (Later, the two of you have sex.)
As it turns out, Haru really likes sex, and so he tends to have sex with just about every male character. Being a visual novel, most of the sex is depicted in a series of stills rather than animation—which is common for the genre, which usually acts more like an interactive comic book than your standard video game.
Then again, most visual novels don’t have an “ejaculation location” selector, letting you choose whether or not Haru prefers fellatio to full penetrative sex. And just like in real life, it lets you choose based on the guy you’re currently with, so if you get sick of blow jobs, you’re covered.