Heard about NSFW Patreon?
This popular membership platform which helps creative studios and individuals to develop content by securing regular subscription supporters is responsible for a number of new adult games. The idea behind Patreon is to help fund development costs via crowdfunding membership which, in turn, gives supporters access to free games and help determine the way they are designed.
In this feature guide, we find out more about the Patreon website and how it is helping to fund new adult games. We also take a look at the best products that the site has helped to launch.
Before you dive in, you might also want to check out this comprehensive guide to the best virtual sex games on the market today. (There’s probably more than you think!)
What is Patreon?
Similar to the ethos of crowdfunding, Patreon is a ‘membership platform’ which allows creative artists to secure subscribers to their content services. Founded in 2013, the site effectively works as a middle-man to introduce paying members to providers of content such as podcasts, music, videos/films and games.
They charge a commission and fees on each transaction but creators receive 90% of the money donated by their ‘Patrons’.
Ostensibly, the site offers artists and small, creative start-up companies/individuals greater access to funding by giving them a huge marketplace to advertise their products and services. In return, ‘Patrons’ receive exclusive discounts and deals on the content and services they are patronising as well as being able to shape the final products and services.
The site has more than 50,000 active creators who have generated sales of almost $150 million since the service went live five years ago.
As well as helping to boost the incomes of writers, podcasters, comedians and film producers, Patreon is also used by plenty of creatives involved in more adult markets, including:
- Adult Comics
- Adult Music
- Adult Writing
- Adult Drawing and Painting
- Adult Podcasts
- Adult Photography
- Adult Crafts and DIY
- Adult Dance and Theatre
- Adult Magazine
- Adult Animation
- Adult Cosplay
- Adult Video
- Adult Games
This last category is a popular one with the top ten most popular creators receiving the patronage of more than 64,000 people. Top earners in this field are making in excess of six figures a year via the platform with the most successful, DarkCookie, receiving $51,743 per month!
Why Choose Patreon Adult Games?
As with most crowdfunding style programs, donating money via Patreon offers two major benefits over traditional commercial purchases. Firstly, you get access to something before anyone else and often you get to be part of the way the project develops. Secondly, there is some altruism involved and being able to help out smaller companies or individuals bring their dreams to life is pretty rewarding on its own.
Lastly, it can be a lot cheaper and patrons are often pledging a lot less than they would be spending on monthly subscription fees for games that are already on the market.
Just remember that many of these games are still in development and they may be more prone to bugs and glitches than completed and ready-for-market equivalents.
Adult Games on Patreon
So, what kind of games is Patreon helping to create and are they any good? Is it worth signing up to take advantage of some of these guys at ground-level or should we be waiting until they are more mainstream?
Well, here we are going to take a look at the creations of the top 10 most popular adult games creators on Patreon.
Created by DarkCookie, Summertime Saga is a high quality dating sim game which is currently in development.
The game is set in a small suburban town and features a main character who, just entering college, is struck by the death of his father. The game starts when he learns of his father’s shady double life and unfolds over 30 unique locations featuring more than 65 characters who you can meet and interact with. There are 20+ mini games in addition to the main feature story resulting in many hours of game play with new content being added all the time.
The game is free to download but Patreon patrons get exclusive benefits include discount rewards, private download servers, upcoming scene spoilers, and more.
It’s a really nicely put together game with a complex and challenging story that is easy to lose yourself into. When it comes to NSFW features, the game is packed with storylines and interactions that range from mild BDSM to group sex (FF/M and MM/F), exhibitionism to voyeurism. You’ll find gloryholes, harems, monster girls and muscle queens as well as toys, impregnation and even breastfeeding.
So far, the developers have more than 18,000 monthly subscribers through Patreon and it’s not hard to see why they are so invested in the project. Summertime Saga is close to being the finished article and is well worth a free download to see what all the fuss is about.
DFD (Daughter for Dessert)
Created by a joint team of writers, programmers and graphics designers, DFD is funded on Patreon by the second top earner, a creator called Palmer. Together with 6 other creators they form the game studio, Love-Joint.com who have developed this adult game.
It’s released in chapters so you have to start with the first release and then save your progress as each new chapter is updated via Patreon.
The game is free to play and has some nice graphics but is mainly a text-based adventure where you get to select from multiple choice options which the game remembers. The story unfolds with you as the owner of a diner in which the girl you have raised as your own daughter works alongside some very attractive young ladies. There are overtones of incest here but the relationship between you and the main character is not actually father/daughter.
There isn’t much action and really you have to just follow along with the story, occasionally selecting responses in dialogue or opting for certain choices of how the plot progresses. However, the artwork is good and a lot of effort has gone in to the storyline.
Trials in Tainted Space (T.I.T.S.)
An interactive adult fiction game created entirely with words rather than graphics, Trials in Tainted Space may not float everyone’s boat. Its literary sci-fi porn tat you can change but with some extra surprises thrown in.
Start off by choosing your species (human or one of several made-up) and customizing your profile before really getting in to the story proper. It’s an imaginative piece of writing and has a really complex structure in terms of the world that is created.
Advance through the levels by progressing through the story and build your stats according to the choices you make.
As a ‘choose your own adventure’ game, T.I.T.S. is well developed and highly playable and, as an adult game, there is definitely enough NSFW content here to get your pulse racing. Text-based games aren’t for everyone but, for those who subscribe to this slightly retro style of play, it is a great game.
Fenoxo Fenfen is the 3rd most successful creator on Patreon at the moment and has over 6.5k patrons which generates around $33k per month.
The game is free to play from the Fenoxo website
Monster Girl Island
With 6,142 patrons via Patreon, Redamz is the 4th most popular creator of adult games on the platform. Redamz is responsible for Monster Girl Island, a hentai style 3D game with plenty of lewd action to enjoy onscreen.
You can play the game for free from their website but it is quite outdated having initially been produced in 2015. There are some new developments taking place but it does seem a little disjointed with updates.
Gameplay is pretty standard and you get to explore the 3D world of this island which is inhabited by (you guessed it) monster girls. Of course, they have an insatiable appetite for filth but appear quite naïve and innocent.
It’s a good 3D visual novel that works with VR headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive as well as with standard keyboard and mouse controls.
As a free game, it’s pretty good but we are not quite sure what patrons on Patreon are getting for their support when you consider the game is still (after three years) ‘in development’.
A richly animated 3D dating sim game, ICSTOR has created a highly playable adult game with minigames and a dynamic movement system with interactive map.
The plot is simple enough and you play the role of a university student who arrives in town to discover that everyone in the city is hot for him. From local business owners and other students to university staff and random strangers, you can build relationships, keep an inventory and enjoy full animated scenes of your adventures. You can also receive text messages from the women you date!
It’s a well updated game and the developers keep you informed about progress on new versions and new scenes as they are being released.
ICSTOR has completed several other games which are also worth checking out and include Milf’s Villa, Robot’s Touch, Taboo Request and Milf’s Control. They are a well supported developer on Patreon with more than 5000 patrons pledging their monthly support.
Created by Meshed VR specifically (and only) for a VR audience, VirtAMate is an adults only virtual reality sex simulation game.
It’s an exceptionally well-developed programme with some extremely complex programming going on in the background. Fortunately, for most users who are just after a great game, the result is ever-more realistic characters and VR experience.
Currently available for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets, VirtAMate delivers some amazing graphics with improved lighting, auto-genital texture creation and hair simulation. It allows a lot of customization and you can interact with the characters in a huge number of ways and positions.
It’s a very powerful game and is giving a lot of people (including its 4.6k+ patrons) a lot of pleasure.
The more you pledge monthly, the more benefits you can access including ‘Creator’ mode which allows you to fully edit your scenes and build up the animation as you wish.
For many people, the game will be too complex and takes too long to get set-up but for the techy and patient, the rewards of this game are enormous.
WickedWhims , developed by TurboDriver, is a mod for the popular life simulation game Sim 4. It allows users of the original game to add on and access explicit animated sex scenes and customize the game to incorporate more adult content, including the addition of sex clubs and swinging clubs.
It basically gives your existing Sims characters the ability to have sex and to interact with other characters in a more adult way. For instance, your characters can watch porn, flash strangers, go around nude or undress people.
It is quite realistic and complex and extends to the menstrual cycle, fertility and pregnancy as well as cum, cuckolding and abstinence.
For fans of the Sims games, this mod will really blow your mind and it is an impressive addition that doesn’t fall short of the Sims Studio’s own attention to detail.
Turbodriver has more than 4.4k patrons pledging over $18k a month in support and this money is being well spent to keep updates coming on a regular basis.
Of course, the game is an add-on and you will need a version of Sims 4 in order to enjoy this mod.
An adult monster breeding game, Cloud Meadow, developed by Team Nimbus, is a world of floating islands that combines a farming sim with JPRG and fantasy monsters.
The animations are hentai in style and are getting better all the time with regular updates being available through the Patreon website and a public version due soon.
It’s a basic premise; farm the land, care for the monsters, craft what you need to advance your game and bang as many monsters, sprites and creatures as you can. Its got elements of many popular games including dungeoneering, monster breeding, farming and crafting as well as sex scenes. Most of the content is pretty vanilla although the two main human characters, Eve and Evan, can breed with the monsters.
There are M/M and F/F scenes as well as a futanari character.
It’s already a great game even at this stage of development and there ae plenty of plans for future releases that will further extend the existing animations, playability and graphics. Cloud Meadow is exactly what Patreon was intended for; a game that works alongside its patrons to create a product that players want to use. Patrons who join the $50 a month tier can submit suggestions to be included in the game.
Defintely one to bookmark as development plans progress. It is likely that the subscription for this game when it gets to final release will be between $5 and $15 but all patrons will be entitled to free gaming.
A first-person, choice based visual novel, Melody is created by Mr Dots Games. Another dating sim style game, Melody puts you in the shoes of a session musician who takes on the task of tutoring a hot teen girl called Melody. Whilst she is naturally the object of your desire, there are other girls to hit on and date as well.
Graphics here are very impressive but gameplay is quite simplistic and you basically just follow a pre-determined plot with a few choices thrown in.
Patreon supporters can get free access to the latest updates as well as exclusives galleries of sexy pictures of the main characters, hidden scenes and nude previews of future release.
You can download a free demo of the game for Linux, Windows, Mac and Android via the Patreon website.
Insexsity is an ‘adult vector story game’ with retro hentai animations. It is a simple game with multiple-choice options and revolves around a girl who has her own apartment, job and circle of friends. Like Sims, you get to follow her around the 2D animated world in which she lives but, like a visual novel, you get to choose the way she interacts with characters using pre-set multiple choice options.
It’s not the best looking adult game we have seen nor is particularly complex or inspired in its design. However, it does have a lot of NSFW content and the animations are a real treat along with some pretty dirty dialogue.
The team on Patreon as over 4000 supporters and it is still very much in development with new releases, patches and upgrades being updated all the time.
Featured image via Patreon.