The Proteus Effect is a game for adults that combines lighthearted comedy, engaging characters and story, lively dialogue, and gripping challenges with distinctive, vivid art and alluring erotic scenes to create a fun, sexy, and ultimately unique experience.
You take on the role of Alex, a lovable but dimwitted young man who barely graduated college and is now desperately searching for a job. Just in the nick of time, he stumbles into the job of his dreams as a video game tester for a virtual reality startup, but all isn’t as it seems. After being introduced to his eccentric coworkers, he soon finds himself not only trapped in the virtual world, but also stuck in the body of a nubile young woman.
All Alex wants is to return home to his own body, but he winds up reluctantly embarking on an adventure through a series of fantasy worlds, including the company’s game world, another world that’s suspiciously similar to a popular MMO, and an assortment of others.
He isn’t alone, though - shortly into the journey he is joined by his co-worker Ana, a tough, slightly abrasive, yet kindhearted young woman. Alex isn’t the only one who’s changed in the virtual world; it looks like Ana ended up with a little something… extra?
Eventually, Alex is joined by other quirky companions, and together they try to uncover what’s behind the system’s strange malfunctions. How does he keep getting sent to these bizarre places? What connects them all? Can he ever manage to find his way back home?
This is a game for adults, so there’s plenty of erotic content. This isn’t just mindless porn, however - the scenes are sometimes titillatingly erotic, sometimes hilarious, but always interesting and fun. The game currently has content for futanari fans, and there will be plenty of scenes for people who like ‘group activities’, monsters, tentacles, vanilla (gasp!), and many other fetishes. The erotic scenes are completely optional - you can avoid any scenes you don’t like, and if you just want to experience the game’s entertainment without any of the porn, you can do that too!
If you’re looking for a fun, entertaining, and sexy game with likable characters, laughs, and distinctive art, The Proteus Effect might just be your game. So go ahead, give the public version a try! It’s only one major release behind the patron version, and it’s free! And if you really enjoy the game - and I think you will - please consider supporting the project by becoming a patron.
Note: The download links in the sidebar are for Windows. For public macOS and Linux releases, please see my Patreon page.
Current Patron version: 0.6
The very beginning of a new dungeon (more to come in supplemental release)
2 new multi-part H-scenes
Bunnies now have conversation portraits (including 0.5.x conversations)
Introduced the recollection room, which lets you see H-scenes you’ve previously unlocked
New enemy art and aesthetic (and some animated ones)
New healing minigame
New abilities for Alex and Ana
New combat classes and abilities
A hidden repeatable boss! (How many times can you beat him?)
Introduced a credits page
New buildings and areas
Lots more skits and dialogue
Public version: 0.5.2
2 new H-scenes, one of which has 2 distinct variations
5 new quests
A (hopefully!) fun event at the end!
A bunch of new characters
Lots of new dialogue
2 new areas and 2 new building interiors
Second dungeon should be less frustrating to players having problems with it.
HCG image quality slightly enhanced
Download size greatly reduced
Path to upper level in chincha area now more clearly marked
NUM 0 should now escape, for those playing with the number keys (hopefully, couldn’t test)
Various minor bugfixes
Added visual effects to healing minigame
Resolved issue that could trap players in the old adventurers' house
Resolved issue that could send players to level that shouldn't be in game
Saves are again located in save folder rather than local app data folder
Resolved issue that could cause healing minigame to restart after winning it
Resolved player character's strange fear of butterflies
Player can no longer move (and potentially softlock game) during dungeon cutscene
Resolved issue that could prevent some players from re-entering first dungeon
Resolved issue that could cause game to request nonexistent assets
Various minor bugfixes
Fixed crashes in the healing minigame and dungeon cutscene
Can no longer enter Celie & Elian's house before completing quest
Quest journal should show up as normal
New starter area
2 new H-scenes (one of which is 13 images)
Various other areas
Lots of dialogue
Added intro skip feature
Can now hide text boxes during H-scenes (press 'h' for hide)
Revised equipment and equipment screen
Player character sprite now changes according to outfit
Probably a bunch of other stuff I forgot
Resolved issue that could interfere with scripted scenes in dungeon
Resolved issue that could trap player in barn
Various minor fixes
Added Patreon link
Reduced some enemies' HP
Wow. I'm genuinely impressed. This game is actually really good.
I've been a lurker on this site for quite a while now, but never felt the need to write a review on anything. Until now at least.
Now first of all my tastes are pretty vanilla (at least by this sites stadards), so I usually end up getting turned off by the games here after a while, because I end up feeling bad for the characters. In this game it was not the case. The game's light-hearted tone felt really refreshing to me, and led to an overall much more enjoyable experience than I usually have with most similar games. If you, like me, like your games to be nice and wholesome, this is the game for you.
Generally speaking this game is a lot more fleshed out than most other things on this site, with no real game-breaking flaws. I did find a few typos in the dialogue, but that is to be expected in a project this ambitious.
The characters were likeable, relateable and memorable. In my opinion there is nothing left to be desired in this regard.
The setting is a rather unique twist on the "trapped in a virtual world"-archetype, with a well designed map full of sights and characters that make exploring it feel rewarding and overall more believable than what you usually come to expect.
The dialogue is also a particular strong point of this game, being genuinely witty, funny and outright hilarious at times, and is packed full of references, not only to popular culture but also to historic events, literature, and other topics which adds another layer of enjoyability to the game, especially for a more educated playerbase.
The only thing that might even outdo the writing quality are the 3D art assets, which I would simply describe as amazing, for the lack of a better word.
I found the ecchi-scenes quite enjoyable, as they appealed to my tastes quite a bit, though I can imagine that they might seem a bit dry for those of you with wilder preferences than me.
The music also added a nice touch to the game, though the standard setting was a bit loud in my opinion. Good thing you could change the volume in the settings.
There isn't much to be said about the combat, as it is a fairly standard turn-based system, though making it a bit more challenging and adding a bit of variety with more skills and gear that isn't simply "superior" to the previous one, so I would have to decide which stats are the most important to me would be a nice touch.
Overall I have to say, that this was the first time that I played a game from this site and actually, genuinely enjoyed it from start to finish.
I can't wait for the full game to be released, so I can enjoy the story in its entirety.
9/10 I'm saving the last point for the full release.
There is a lot to be said for custom art that looks amazing. I like other games that reuse art and smut from porn, but the art for this game makes me want to keep coming back. Good job and keep up the amazing work!
Worst part about this game (that I know of) is protecting the 3 waves of chicken. I have no clue how the hell you pass the third wave.
This game is great. The art is good. The writing is simulatenously engaging, funny, and interesting, which is not common. Gameplay wise I have no complaints. It didn't seem to suffer from that "RPGMaker unnecessary repetitive combat" plague which is great to see. Definitely play this game. I kept avoiding it for the longest time and I don't know why because it it genuinely a good game. Props to the author.
I think the version I played of this was 0.3. I'll probably wait until it's closer to completion before I give it a play(mainly because I lost my save and the game is long) again.
Funny. Definitely funny. This game can be regarded as a comedy. It is so funny that it might be a mood breaker if you want some serious erotic fantasy, but other than that, it's wonderful.
It still feels a bit short. On the other hand, if you are lost, it may feel painfully long. Walkthrough may be helpful (personally, it happened to me at the cookie stage).
I'm waiting for the progress!