This is Hard Times in Hornstown, possibly the largest fetish-themed text adventure on the internet. It has more than 13 million characters (2.6 million words!) worth of handwritten scenes and code illustrated with more than a thousand high resolution images and a player avatar which dynamically changes according to your choices. And you certainly won't be lonely, not with our 300 NPCs to meet, and greet and do kinky things with.
You can be male, female, straight, gay, bi, cis, trans or all of the above in a single playthrough. Your body and attitude changes with your decisions letting you be as masculine, feminine, submissive or dominant as you wish while you go through crazy sexcapades, committed relationships, threesomes, orgies and all kinds of kink-centric adventures.
There are many outfits to wear, jobs to try - both erotic and 'mundane with extras', sates to go on (there is an in-game dating app), and people to meet.
There is a huge number of storylines available (check the walkthrough: https://hornstown.com/walkthrough/), including sissyfication, feminization, BDSM, leather, latex, sex toys, humiliation, objectification, cuckolding, erotic hypnosis, prostitution, bimbo/himbo content and a lot more.
The game is complete at this point but will continue to be expanded with new content indefinitely. Hornstown receives 200 000 characters (40 000 words) of new content each month without fail.
Patrons get big content updates 1 month earlier and get extra character customisation options at the beginning (they can start the game as a woman and a few other options).
All these options are available in-game for any player.
Patrons also get access to Hornstown Tales, a series of erotic short novels set in Hornstown and written fom a first person perspective. They are freely available for patrons or purchasable on Amazon.
1.: Flowers for Trisha, a 135k characters long tale of feminization and sissification written from a man's perspective
2.: Seven Nights, a 110k characters long tale of venturing into the wolrd of BDSM, written from the submissive's perspective. Mm, Mf, Fm, Ff versions available.
Last public content update: 25th of November, Hornstown 4.8
250k new characters, new NPCs, a new outfit and 25+ new images.
The Basis Inc. job is expanded with more feminization, crossdressing and bimbofication content and a lot more interactivity
New dreams for a more dominant/submissive night's rest, and new encounters to run into at the Hornstown park.
Sissyfication, feminization, bimbofication, humiliation, D/s, chastity, threesomes, exhibitionism, vanilla sex and more!
Last patron content update: 25th of November, Hornstown 4.8
280k new characters, new NPCs, a new avatar type for bimbos/himbos and 30 new images.
The library's storyline continues, this time sending you to the Hornstown coven in search for the next Hornstown Tale.
New content for bimbos and himbos throughout the city.
Bimbofication, Himbofication, humiliation, BDSM, threesomes, erotic hypnosis, erotic occultism, vanilla sex, voyeurism, spanking and more
Next update: 25th of December PHP version 4.9
Start as a stereotypical boring everyman and get involved in events beyond your wildest and kinkiest dreams !
Transform your character in a myriad ways as you meet and and get involved with the countless friendly, nasty, sexy, aggressive, submissive, weird and beautiful NPC dezines of Hornstown!
You can see the detailed changelog on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/hornstown
(Available for public viewing)
HTiH is a sandbox style game that adds in some longer plots. This creates a flexible style of play where you can just wander around looking for opportunities to sex it up, or get into ongoing relationships that head in varied directions.
There's a huge amount of choice and alternatives, and the plots range from short to very long term.
The writing is generally good. There are some typos, and in the version I played, a persistent issue with showing numbers instead of underwear types, but it's still in the top ten percent for writing quality, compared to other popular games on the site.
You have a lot of freedom in your play style and starting character. The coverage of kinks and preferences is incredible. Also, it avoids the constantly nasty quasi-homophobic style that crops up in some "sissy" games, and the toxic sexism in some female-PC games. It's more like Corruption of Champions or Trials in Tainted Space, where everyone is just really happy to have sex, and they don't spend their entire time judging you or putting you down. I'm not saying there's no place for those kinks, but there need to be games without them, and HTiH offers that.
There are a few NPCs who will insult you, or treat you badly, but they're tied to specific kinks where that makes sense. Furthermore, you're always given a variety of actual choices in how to react. It's not like some games where the choices are meaningless.
There's a stat system, but you only have a vague idea of your stats most of the time, which is fine. The stats seem to gate content in complex ways, and that results in different experiences in different playthroughs, if your stats actually vary. If you want, I think it's possible to max out all the stats however you like, but it takes time. Unlike some other games, the stat system is doing what it should, and creating consequences. It's all well balanced and hangs together as a whole.
If there's a downside to HTiH, it's that it tries to please everyone, and so tries not to offend anyone. Some games turn the volume on extreme content up to 11. HTiH hits more of an 8, at max. This results in some of the content being less impactful than it otherwise might, and flattens out the overall experience of the game. I think this is a trade off from some of the issues I mention above, so I wouldn't say it's a flaw, it's a design choice, which has some up sides and down sides. There's a lack of stark contrasts, but to be fair, many games with extreme content lack contrast too, because they are mainly extreme content, and you can get accustomed to it.
There's a lot to like here, and a lot to play with. The author can continue to add new plots and NPCs as they please, expanding the game in various ways. Right now there are several major paths you can play that are like lightweight versions of well known games, and you can usually jump out of those paths if you get tired of them, or mix them with other content. The down side on this is that those paths tend to be much less deep than games that focus on them to the exclusion of everything else, but you can't have everything, it would be impossible.
There are a few things missing, and a few things that don't work as well as they could. Shoes are not even a thing in this game! A great pity. Also, bra is not an underwear item you can buy; they also do not exist. Outfit choices are overall quite limited, and some fairly "obvious" outfits are only available as part of specific plots. There's a shortage of bimbo and humiliation content - though there is some - it's under represented vs sissy and vanilla sex. The maid plot is also limited, and though there are tie-ins with other plots, they are not impactful or consequential. The dating app feels a little redundant sometimes. It's sometimes quite hard to get dates compared to just walking around town, or doing your job. The NPCs don't give enough clues as to what they're really looking for, or it's random, I just don't know. I often ended up on dates with NPCs who seemed an obvious bad fit, while obvious good fits turned me down. Reactions to your clothes and makeup are limited, especially when they are unusual or extreme, there just isn't that much consequence. The financial system is also a little iffy. Your upkeep increases without obvious reasons, and you have no way to check on that, or reduce it. If you go into negative cash the game instantly ends.
A money lender or other mechanic with consequences to stave off instant game-end by cash defecit would be a plus. It would need to balance carefully, but sometimes you can get robbed and game-over almost randomly. There are quite a few services where prices are only available after signing up. This seems a bit of dirty trick.
I liked the gimp plot, but it seemed to be broken and wouldn't progress at the mall. There was a bug where working as a gimp and then re-entering the shop and asking about "more" would set it into a contradictory state, where you get the dialog to ask about the job but are also told you'd already done it. Sometimes even when it's working properly, the gimp is at the store, despite you being the gimp.
I think almost anyone could play this game and get some fun out of it. No matter your interest, it's likely to have some support, but it can sometimes feel a little shallow. It's definitely a game that goes broad rather than deep, but there's nothing wrong with that; developers have to make choices about what to do, and the choices made by the developer of HTiH are more consistent and well planned than most.
This game is wow amazing!
This game was how I found TFGames.
This game has many many many choices and things you can do or things that people can do to you.
This game has very good stories, very good pictures, and you can play it any way you want. And they keep adding more story. Now you can be a detective, or porn star, or own your own. You can work hard to change your body and mind or dake drugs and surgery and get changed. You can be tough guy in jail or just get fucked over there.
There is lots of options for fucking.
This is one of my favorite games!
This is mostly going to be complaints. Before I get into it, though, I should mention that the game does have content which I enjoyed playing through, however, I only enjoyed it by doing my best to ignore/avoid the following:
The save system is fucking atrocious. If you play online, you have to save files to wherever your browser's downloads go. On top of that, they are not saved as .txt files, but the game requires you to have .txt on files when you try to load them. Is this supposed to be a joke? Every time you want to load, you have to edit the file to add .txt to it.
You have a timed quest for which the initial trigger can execute apparently any time, regardless of whether you have the stats to perform the quest successfully. So, basically, you can be screwed out of getting the best ending by receiving it too early, through pure RNG.
Involuntary M2F still requires involuntary sex with a man in order for it to stop being a daily, incredibly inconvenient, chore, or cost ridiculous amounts of money. Also, this doesn't make much sense. You get $500 up front and sign a contract legally binding you FOREVER to engage in a daily activity until the other party releases you. You get no further money. What?
I've encountered situations where my character should have the ability to resist, but doesn't. Prison rape is one. Paying fees to an extortionist while prostituting is another. Maybe that's because of submissiveness? If so, what I've seen other games do is put the option there, but gray it out and make it unselectable, thus letting the player know what they could have done otherwise.
There are events that basically don't tell you what kind of sexual content you're going to see, so if you want to find out, you have to try them. After trying them, depending on your personal preferences, there's plenty of chances for it to be something you didn't want.
A lot of conversation "puzzles" don't really make sense. Like, you can accidentally "fail" a conversation because you're not able to read the game author's mind. This basically makes the walkthrough required, unless you want to save-scum through them.
Not being interested in certain content can cause certain jobs to go poorly, namely the camgirl job and the escort job. I believe refusing requests actually steps down your average income for the camgirl job, while accepting them steps it up. I'm not sure about the consequences for the escort job, other than if you're not doing well and you don't want to have sex with a transexual it will cost you $300.
However you feel about incest content... this game touts that it has it (with stepmom and stepsister, so... actually not)... but it's just choosing to view three scenes over the course of three days and then it's gone forever.
The clothing system is just super underdeveloped. Certain activities will change your outfit and leave you in it. This includes the supermarket job, which you pretty much need to do daily, and the stripper job, which you could easily choose to do daily. There's no ability to set a default outfit nor to save any outfits, and there's very few outfit options.
I'm pretty sure the supermarket job is 7 days a week, which is a bit excessive.
I'll stop here mainly because I'm tired of writing this.
There's a break in the latest version posted in "Play Now" where the game goes to a white screen the first time you disobey Lily.
There's another problem related to this where you apparently can't tell the game to wear different clothes every day and have to change from your default clothing every time. This caused me to disobey Lily accidentally and then the game wouldn't let me backtrack that. I don't really consider not being able to backtrack a problem since that's cheating, but the first thing is definitely a huge problem, and the second thing is very annoying.
Otherwise fantastic game, and I applaud your efforts. Please fix these problems though or I won't be able to enjoy playing the game.
This game is a mix of basic life sim and lots of stand alone story lines.
The pro: You can be what you probably wish for if you find the right npc
Cowers lots of fetish
The con: the game is completely static system with little to no interaction between story lines
with lot of npc and story lines the game spread too wide : the player lost in a jungle
The php engine sometimes crash.
If you save often then you will probably find your favorite kind story in time with outdated guide or forum post,
and have some fun.