Hardcoded, a cyberpunk dating sim


Updated December 21, 2018
Status In development
Platforms Windows, MacOS, Linux
Author Yoplatz
Genre Visual Novel
Website yoplatz.itch.io
Patreon patreon.com/hardcoded

Today I’ve been reading some articles about what the best sex games are right now. I was reading an article from Pcgamer.com which was titled, “The best sex games that aren’t garbage”. After reading the article, one game in particular catched my interest and I decided to give it a spin.

The game is called Hardcoded. Hardcoded is an open world pixel art 2d story driven text based adventure dating sim that reminds me a lot of old DOS games such as, “Space Quest II: Vohaul’s Revenge” and “hugo’s house of horrors“. Only this game is explicit and the other games are not of course.

When I opened up the game for the first time, starting a new game, I instantly got teleported back to a time where everything was much simpler.

Despite of the fact this game is highly explicit, I felt like a kid again eager to explore. That’s the beauty of games like Hardcoded. They look very shallow on the surface at a first glimps compared to new games, but they are usually very interactive in their core gameplay (Me as a 90’s kid, I love the pixel art!).

You take on the role of a sentient female android who recently escaped her owners and you are on the run. The story is set in the lawless reaches of a cyberpunk dystopia called Pira city.

In time it becomes obvious to you that Pira city is a dangerous place that holds many dark secrets. During your journey you run into characters who are seeking for your aid in investigations and become your friends, the main characteristics of these characters is that they are, very horny.

Prologue

The game starts off with a prologue. You’re hiding in an alleyway behind a dumpster from corporate securiry. Out of nowhere a girl appears asking if you’re okay. After an extensive dialogue with her she introduces herself as Beryl and offers to walk you home. Once you’re in your apartment you offer Beryl to stay for the night. Beryl accepts your offer and stays over for the night.

The following day Beryl takes you home with her to meet her friends. While meeting her friends, everyone states that they’ve been spotting odd behaviour around the city of people being uncontrollably horny. One of Berryl’s friends suggests after everyone told their story about the weird stuff they have been witnessing, to start an investigation group of which you agree to be part off. After you agree and everyone takes their leave and before you head out back to your apartment, Beryl gives you coupons. Coupons is the currency of Hardcoded.

Open world

After the prologue is over and leaving Berryl’s apartment you get thrown into the open world of Hardcoded. Once in the open world you’re able to visit several locations inside the city. You can visit for example apartment blocks but also social areas such as a diner and a club or several shops such as a convinence store or a robotics shop. You can also do sidequests where you can hangout with your girls or hit town with your hard earned cash. You can buy new hairstyles, outfits, upgrades, buy trinkets, fully upgrade your apartment and do some back alley deals for cash (if you know what I mean).

Everyday you can choose if you either want to pursue the main plot or one of your new found friends. It’s also possible to just wander around the city, destroying surveilance driods for scrap, just talk to random people and screwing around a LOT. Several of your friends are romanceable, everything else is being added in patches thanks to and which will be first available to patreons onlny.

Wrapping up!

I recommend Hardcoded because it’s a well written game, and the 2d pixel art scenery works very well with the cyberpunk setting. The charm of Hardcoded is, it feels like you’re playing in a motion comic which feels very soothing and relaxing. Alhtough the game is explicit, even if the game wouldn’t be explicit I’d probably still recommend it.

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