In the 1990s NEC (on the PC Engine series and PC-FX) and Sega (on Saturn) were the only companies who officially allowed sexual content on their consoles in Japan, but eroge was more prevalent on the NEC PC-98 and FM Towns computer platforms.
Lowe took the basic elements of Softporn Adventure, greatly expanded it, and released it as the 1987 game Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards.
Sierra didn't advertise the game and retailers were loath to carry it, so initial sales were low.
1983 saw the release of another Atari 2600 game, X-Man.
X-man features the player as a nude man working through a maze toward a pink door in the center, past antagonistic crabs, teeth and scissors.
Early eroge usually had simplistic stories and extreme sexual content, such as rape.
These factors often led to widespread condemnation from the Japanese media.Erotic games made the PC-8801 popular, but customers quickly tired of paying 8800 yen () for such simple games. ASCII's Chaos Angels, a role-playing eroge, inspired titles such as Dragon Knight by Elf and Rance by Alice Soft.In 1983, a company called Entertainment Enterprises, Ltd., released an arcade game called Swinging Singles which was mostly meant for bars, adult stores and sex clubs.The game derived gameplay elements off an older title called Qix, which didn't have sexual images.The object of the games is to slowly remove pieces of the playing field while avoiding an enemy or groups of enemies.However word-of-mouth spread and soon the Leisure Suit Larry series was a success, spawning two sequels before the end of the decade, 1988's Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places), and 1989's Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals.