I’d only had GayHarem open in my browser for literally a few seconds before I knew I was probably onto something good. Right after the Adults-Only warning screen, I was greeted by an intro image that looked awfully familiar, immediately giving me flashbacks to other variations of this adventure I’d previously cranked my dick to. The game is a gay version of Hentai Heroes, one of the most popular free-to-play online porn games to come out in the last decade or so. The original has maintained high slots on my lists over at ThePornDude and BestPornGames, so I couldn’t wait to check out the queer spinoff.
I feel a little bit late to the party, because the game’s already pretty fucking popular with its intended audience. GayHarem.com gets a couple million visits every month, so I immediately suspected its just as addictive as Hentai Heroes. The game straddles the line between RPG and visual novel, and your goal is to get laid and build your harem of horny anime dudes. It sure sounds like a solid formula for one-handed, fapworthy gameplay, but I wasn’t about to give it my PornDude seal of approval before trying it out for myself. Who’s with me?
Who Wants Their Own Gay Harem?
Since the original game is aimed squarely at straight dudes living in their mom’s basement with a princess waifu pillow or two, I’m not sure how many MyGaySites readers would be all that familiar with the game. You might have dabbled in it if you’re bisexual or just appreciate a good browser game to while away your productive hours, but if not, no worries. You don’t need to be familiar with Hentai Heroes to enjoy Gay Harem, not by a long shot.
If you have played the original, even for just a few minutes, this one will start looking familiar right away. That opening screen I mentioned is almost the same exact image as the opener for Hentai Heroes, only redrawn to show a manga dude getting restrained and having his dick sucked instead of a manga chick getting her twat licked. Both scenes take place in what looks like the exact same classroom, which is probably a lot sexier than your own educational experience.
The art looks professional and is definitely fapworthy, at least if you’re the sort who beats off to anime. That said, it ain’t quite as crisp and clean as the artwork from Hentai Heroes. I’m assuming different artists did the opening screens for each game. The lines in Gay Harem are thicker, and the shading isn’t quite as smooth. The dude holding the oral-sex recipient in the air looks like the same character, though, with the same male Karen manga haircut and the same sneaky expression on his face.
If you’ve played HentaiHeroes and already have an account, GayHarem.com will let you log in with the same credentials. Registration is simple as fuck otherwise, but you don’t even have to sign up right away. If you’re eager to get right into it, just hit the Play button and worry about creating an account later. Don’t worry, they’ll save your progress for you!
Do You Like Watching Gay Anime Sex?
“So you like watching people fucking, huh?” asks the handsome bearded dude at the bottom of the first screen after I hit Play. My character’s the focal point, gawking into a classroom with his dick out, unconcerned about anybody coming down the hall and catching him. On the next screen, beard guy is bent over with his shaved butthole and balls showing. “If you catch me,” he says, “you can put whatever you want in…”
There’s some light, cheesy video game music, the kind you’d expect from either an old SNES RPG or a filthy visual novel about building a gay harem. Much of the story plays out as on-screen images with a little bit of dialog text, and you progress the tale by hitting the Next button. If you’ve played your fair share of adult video games, the format will be very familiar to you.
I kept hitting Next and my character kept chasing the hunky beard guy. A few screens later, I started bleeding from the nose and happened upon a big gay orgy. Upon closer inspection, it looked like some of the participants were well-known video game or manga characters. There’s a Mario-looking motherfucker getting jerked off by a buff dude who could be Zangief, and I’m pretty sure that’s Goku getting his cock sucked and salad tossed in the back. They converge on my dude, grabbing his ding-dong with lust in their eyes.
There’s a quick GAY HAREM title screen that flashes by, replaced in a couple seconds with a post-orgy image of some naked, cum-drenched dudes laying in bed. The doorbell rings, and a deliveryman in a wife beater has a package for me. Until this point, all I had to do was hit Next, but now they start laying out the mechanics for the actual gameplay.
Easy One-Handed Gay Gameplay
Many of the actions you’ll take and the moves you make revolve around those numbers at the top of the GayHarem.com screen. Money is vital for buying things, like the 50 I had to drop for that package that showed up. Adventures require energy, represented by the digits beside the lightning bolt. Right after paying the package that I don’t remember ordering, I had to spend one of those lightning bolts to cuddle with beard man. These energy points slowly recharge without having to do anything but wait, though if you’re in a hurry to progress things, you can drop some real cash to speed things up.
A counter in the top left corner keeps track of your GayHarem XP and level. You level up pretty quickly, at least in the beginning of the game. Within seconds of getting that package, I had amassed the 2000 XP I needed to achieve Level 2. That earned me a higher maximum energy score, which should help keep me going for a while. The whole time, the blonde guy with the beard kept snuggling and groping me as he explained the ins and outs of the game.
“You are in shape again, and it’s going to last longer!” he says, hand around my head. “Come on, let’s celebrate that…” First, though, I had to spend some of that in-game cash buying a pair of scissors to open the package, revealing an apple. After a couple weird-tasting bites, my dick inflated to a cartoonish girth.
Little did I know, it actually belonged to some angry anime dude, who shows up at my door yelling about his Fruit of Power. “I’m gonna kill you!” he yells. “I challenge you to a harem fight!” If you were wondering where the actual gay harem angle comes into play, this is it. During a harem fight, you’ll be “comparing sexual performances with our guys,” yours against theirs. It’s a lot like Pokemon, only with butt-fucking and blowjobs instead of squirt guns and magic.
Fighting and Orgies Are Kind of Similar
Since I didn’t yet have my own GayHarem at my disposal, the scene devolves into another big gay orgy with jizz getting squirted all over the fucking place. I burnt through more energy points, but quickly made it to Level 3. More importantly, one of the dudes was so impressed with my prowess that he joined my harem. This unlocks the actual harem screen, which will give you a little more control and more options as far as gameplay and progressing the storyline.
As with HentaiHeroes, the GayHarem gameplay is both simple and addictive. You’ll have to do a little bit of vague resource management to keep the game unfolding smoothly, but honestly, you barely have to think about it. The game does a lot of hand-holding, guiding you along and telling you how to spend those points, which keeps the learning curve shallow.
All in all, GayHarem.com is the kind of winner I expected from the company. They’ve been polishing the formula for years now, and here we see it applied beautifully to a visual novel that’ll be sure to please fans of manga and men. On top of the addictive gameplay and fapworthy art, Gay Harem is legitimately free to play. I never felt like they were spamming me with in-app purchase offers, nor is the game crippled for free players like so many of the other “free-to-play” games out there. You can start playing without even signing up, so I’d recommend at least a peek if you’re into the genre. What have you got to lose besides all of today’s productivity?