Some offer simple gameplay, in which you simply choose from a selection of responses, while others require you to plan out intricate dates and flirtatious conversation for a good ending.
This anime dating game adds a complex storyline involving a young college student from the future who accidentally teleports herself 100 years back in time.
There are 8 different men with whom you'll have the opportunity to interact and develop relationships.
Most of your time, in fact, will be spent slowly building up relationships with them until you're finally able to ask them out on a date.
Unlike with the Visual Novel genre, Dating Sims place a lot of emphasis on rpg type elements, such as statistics, shown by keeping a girl's affection levels up and boosting up stats (intelligence, strength, etc.) through taking classes or participating in activities.
Dating sims are almost exclusively Japanese, to the point where popular Japanese media can recognizably parody aspects of the dating sim genre.
While the genre started in the 1980s, arguably the first dating sim to make it big is Tokimeki Memorial, first released for the PC in 1994. Due to its popularity, the game been remade multiple times (Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With You, Tokimeki Memorial: Densetsu no Ki no Shita de, etc.) and has been ported to multiple systems (Game Boy Color, Play Station, Super Famicom, mobile phones, PSP).
In the West, dating sims are still seen as a niche market.
Despite Western thought, dating sims are not necessarily pornographic.
A sequel called was infamously in Development Hell for years, with only some level designs appearing to the public.
The status of this game has been unknown for years, although it seems that Tom doesn't like answering questions about it.Steam now offers a decent spread of dating sims (with most of the naughtier ones being censored) and some of them are...weird.