There’s no denying that incest games are popular, even despite bans by some organisations. Patches are usually made for “incest-adjacent” games that, as released, often don’t make much sense. I mean, where’s the taboo in fucking your landlady? However, other than the overriding theme, so many of them seem to share the same story elements. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, hell, I’ve used some of those elements myself! It is somewhat amusing though.
Creeping around, spying, peeking. This is usually the introduction to the game in terms of sex scenes. Either spying on someone in the shower or creeping into their room. This is often done with creepy/rapey actions like groping or even having sex with a sleeping person. This can be fun to implement (without the rapeyness) as a risky game option with a few sexy renders to view and then roll back on. If done right, it can be fun to play.
Stupid Main Characters.
The main characters are so often, well, exactly the same as each other, even down to the model. They’re usually stupid and come across as creepy little shits. Take the “patient zero” in my experience with adult games – the MC in Big Brother. This guy sets up cameras to catch what people are doing in the house and when he wants to see what they’re doing himself, does he look at the cameras? Of course not. He sneaks around.
Dead or Absent Parent.
In the incest themed adult gaming world, most families tend to be single parent affairs, whether it’s because of death, divorce, or even just being away on business all the time. There are exceptions, of course, but for the most part, single parents seem to have a lot of fun with their kids in the world of incest games! (Of course, I’m also guilty of this one.) Some games are taking this trope and getting very creative, and that’s a great thing to see happening in this industry.
The MC being away for some time is also a common theme among incest games, there are a few creative reasons for the MC being away, but it still happens often enough to be a trope (I’m guilty of this one, too!). This is usually not a bad thing as it provides a good reason for the family to “reconnect.”
All Female Families.
There are rarely any men in the families other than the MC, and the (un)holy trinity of mother, big sister, and little sister is still prevalent (Yep, me again – guilty as charged). I personally (obviously) like this trope purely because it gives three easy characters to design and create, and it gives the player a sense of comfort knowing that there are at least three characters they can “get to know”.
The Magic Cock Effect.
This is when (usually) the mother walks into the room while the MC is (supposedly) sleeping and sees his erection and is suddenly entranced. Yes, the unknown hypnotic power of the penis is thoroughly explored in many games, and not just by mothers, but by sisters, nurses, and just about anyone else you can imagine!
Have you run into any of these tropes in incest games, or have you seen these tropes (like the magic cock effect or stupid MCs) in other games? What are your favourite interpretations of these tropes? Let us know in the comments!