Softporn Adventure

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Softporn Adventure
Softporn Adventure
Publisher(s) On-Line Systems
Designer(s) Chuck Benton
Platform(s) Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Browser, DOS
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Floppy disk

Softporn Adventure was a comedic, adult-oriented text adventure game produced for the Apple II in 1981. The game was created by Charles Benton and released by On-Line Systems.

In the game, the player (playing a down-on-his-luck party animal) is required to obtain certain items that will allow him to win the affections of a series of beautiful (and sometimes not-so-beautiful) women.

Years later, Softporn Adventure inspired the Leisure Suit Larry series of adult-oriented videogames, and the first entry in that series, 1987's Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, was a nearly direct graphical adaptation of Softporn Adventure.

The game's cover features three nude women and a male waiter in a hot tub. The hot tub is actually that of Sierra's owners, Ken and Roberta Williams. From left to right, the first woman is Diane Siegel, On-Line's production manager. The second is Susan Davis, On-Line's bookkeeper and the wife of Bob Davis, the creator of Ulysses and the Golden Fleece. The waiter was Rick Chipman, an actual waiter from a local restaurant, The Broken Bit. The woman on the far right is Roberta Williams. The ad was considered somewhat scandalous at the time because of the degree of nudity displayed.[1][2][3]

The photo accompanying TIME’s first-ever story on computer games was of the Softporn Adventure game box.[4]


Softporn Adventure was ported by designer Gary Thompson to MS-DOS for the PC in 1991.

Softporn Adventure was originally written for the Apple II in Applesoft BASIC. Thompson loved the game, so he printed it out, re-designed, and re-wrote it for the PC in the late 80's and released it on Compuserve. After going to the store and purchasing a copy of Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, he realized it was the same game. After contacting Al Lowe (designer of Leisure Suit Larry) and getting a first-hand account history of the game, he obtained permission from Ken Williams (CEO of Sierra) and Al Lowe to release his re-designed PC version as shareware on the Internet. Williams said he would allow Gary to release his Softporn on the internet because, as he wrote, "Quite frankly, I seriously doubt it will affect the sales of Larry."

In 1994 Thompson got an e-mail from Lowe, graciously requesting his permission (since the rights were already owned by Sierra anyway) to release Gary's PC version on a collector's edition of LSL called Leisure Suit Larry's Greatest Hits and Misses. They requested his version because Thompson's Softporn was the only version available for the PC that completely held true to the original game. Gary updated and re-wrote the game again. This bug-fixed version was then released on Sierra's collector's edition CD-ROM.


  1. ^ Levy, Steven (2010/1985). Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution. Sebastopol: O'Reilly Media. p. 350.
  2. ^ The Sierra Star, October 7, 1981
  3. ^ "Tradetalk," Softalk, November 1981.
  4. ^ "Software for the Masses" from TIME

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