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: 0.5
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
Version 0.4 is now available to the public!
3 new quests (But it's really like a single long one)
3 new H-scenes with 50+ renders
Lots of new dialogue
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
This is one of my favorites on this site. A lot of people have done virtual world adventures, but instead of the common "Welcome to the World, time to change you" (which is fun dont get me wrong) this is different, way funnier and over all better written. Theres development into the character side by side with some fantastic sex scenes.
8/10 cause Im waiting till its done
Easily one of the most fun and polished games here. The character development is interesting, the anti-objectification messages are appreciated, and the writing is funny. I was genuinely disappointed when the current content ended!
Have to say, this is one of my favorite games on the site. I liked it enough to support it on Patreon anyway...
For an RPGMaker game, the combat isn't overdone and there's no grinding required. So that's a big bonus given the platform.
The use of 3D Renders for cutscenes and avatars is becoming pretty prevalent but the author's style is nice and unique. It blends quality with cartoony/anime style in a visually appealing way. Including great use of facial expressions to add humor and context to the text throughout the game. There's a few solid hours of play here if you go after everything there is to do. Make sure and check your quest log and talk to EVERYONE to see it all. You may have to save-scum to get to some of it because different choices lead to different paths.
This should be obvious given this site, but most of the content seems to be in what I'd call the "acceptance path", make the pervy or girly choices to see it. That's nothing new for games on this site though.
All in all a fav and one I surely download every new release as soon as they become available.
This game is good so far and the music is vary soothing.
The problem I hide before was from being stupid; but I got past it.
Since there is no site mechanism to respond to reviews, I'll simply respond to some here.
Version 0.3.1 has 3-4 hours of playable content, and to compare its length to new games "a week after release" seems bizarre. 0.3.1 has 2 "real" dungeons, one much smaller one, 7 H-scenes with between 3 and 13 renders each, a sizable town, minigames, numerous skits, and 15 different quests. If you consider that a tiny amount of content - I'm really curious what your basis of comparison is.
To address another of your criticisms, this game has a conspicuously small amount of combat for an RPG Maker game. I do not use the leveling mechanic, so you don't have to grind through levels. None of the fights - except for the single boss battle - are particularly long. Of the little combat there is, most of it is avoidable. There are, in fact, only 4 creatures that you're required to fight in order to advance the plot, and you can complete every single quest while only fighting 12 of them. If you believe this is excessive, I have to question what you're comparing it to. Lastly, some people did find some of the challenges too difficult, which is why the current public version includes easy modes.
Some people do not find this game funny. I get it. That's fine, humor is very subjective. I would simply note that many do find it funny, and one of the things you specifically complain about was the thing that garnered the most praise in my first release.
Finally, I literally have no idea what you're talking about when you complain about dick jokes. I don't remember writing one, and if there are any in there, it certainly isn't a common motif. The humor in this game is not of an overly crude variety.
Thank you :D
Thank you for the thoughtful review.
I'm glad you like it!