Kimochi Red Light is like a Kickstarter purely for sex games

Finding a suitable image to crop for this news piece makes Dark Souls look like child's play.

Since Kickstarter doesn’t allow for the crowdfunding of projects involving “pornographic material,” Nutaku Games, an online portal for adult videogames (aka sex-related ones) took matters into its own hands with the launch of Kimochi Red Light. It’s a crowdfunding platform whose only guiding principle is that your game should probably have nudity and/or sex, in direct response to Kickstarter’s blushing approach to bedroom activity.

As an extra incentive to get potential projects' creative juices flowing, Kimochi doesn’t take a slice of the top of the proceeds. It all goes directly to development, which sounds nice for a niche community of creators that might otherwise struggle to market to the mainstream. Kimochi’s interface resembles Kickstarter's UI from tip to toe, and has similar campaign tools like reward contribution levels so you can choose to get your name in the credits or your face on the official body pillow if you have the cash. 

Right now, most of the games feature animated characters (almost all of them women) getting nude and having sex wrapped around a visual novel or simple puzzle game framework. It's not exactly a diverse selection just yet. 

That may change, but as for what is allowed on Kimochi, we're not certain. Without clear rules for what kind of content it allows, it could quickly become a den for some truly horrid, demented stuff. I haven't looked through every project to see if they're pushing the boundaries in overtly unsavory ways, but at a glance most of them seem to fall within the status quo for obscenely shaped anime women. To see if there were any clear indications about what not to submit, I tried creating my own campaign. 

Never let me make anything.

Throughout the entire campaign creation process, there were no tooltips or listings for content guidelines, all of which I can only assume are left up to the the people in charge of reviewing campaign submissions. 

I've reached out to Nutaku Games to clear the air. Let's hope they're all about healthy, consensual themes before getting too excited. 

In the meantime, there are already about two dozen campaigns up for funding, a few of which are well over their targets. In the coming years and months, the world will welcome the likes of Karmasutra, Alexa’s Wild Night, and Battle Girls. And with just a bit more support, we could see Girls on Tanks, Adventure High, and (yeesh) Dimlight City: Brothel Builder join the ranks of successfully funded blue games.

Whether or not you’re into watching nude animated characters bounce around on tanks, having a dedicated avenue for funding adult games seems reasonable enough. While independent developers have had the opportunity to seek crowdfunding through Kickstarter for years, Kimochi offers sex games a place to pitch to the same audience that supports them and grow as a genre. And of course, the easier it is for developers to pay rent and pitch risky (and risque) ideas, the better. 

James Davenport

James is stuck in an endless loop, playing the Dark Souls games on repeat until Elden Ring and Silksong set him free. He's a truffle pig for indie horror and weird FPS games too, seeking out games that actively hurt to play. Otherwise he's wandering Austin, identifying mushrooms and doodling grackles.