Bishōjo games are similar to Choose Your Own Adventure books in the way of narrative, in which the game tells a story but the player may make choices to change how the story flows. Bishōjo games began to appear in Japan in the beginning days of personal computers.
The first bishōjo game commercialized in Japan appeared in 1982 as Night Life by Koei.
Among early bishōjo adventure games it had a degree of polish that previous games lacked.
It was also the first to have recognizably modern anime-style artwork: its characters had very large eyes and a tiny nose and mouth but were otherwise basically normally proportioned, characteristics which today are found in virtually all bishōjo games.
More recently, the Play Station 2 has been the console of choice with a growing number of games for the Play Station Portable and Nintendo DS handhelds.
Games ported to consoles usually have adult content removed.
Both were first released on the PC with erotic scenes, which were subsequently removed in their console ports.
However, low sales make it likely that other companies will stick with the traditional 2D graphics.