Typically in dating sims, the user controls an avatar that is either male or female and is placed into a community with a sizable selection of avatars of the same sex and opposite sex. The gameplay requires conversing with a selection of girls or guys for a fixed time period which could be one week or five years. In order to increase your players attractiveness, many games have an attraction meter which can be boosted by exercise or by taking care of your character and grooming your character throughout the game.
Success and progress in the game is determined by properly winning over the girls or boys, finishing dating one of the girls or boys, having sex with the girl or boy, or marrying the girl or boy. Ultimate success in many of these games is achieving a relationship with the person controlling the avatar outside of the simulation world. The degree of sexual content within the games varies, however in several includes intercourse.
There are a wide variety of simulation games on the market. However, the top four dating simulation games are as follows:
4. Magical Date
This game was first released in the United States on the Playstation by Taito. In this game, the user selects one of three possible girls to date and then the player is positioned on a board game. Each new square the player goes to has a set of different mini games. Throughout the game the player is asked a series of questions that he must answer correctly or the girl will get mad. Though, the game is entirely in Japanese, the game clarity is enough that it is clearly playable by non-Japanese speaker. This game was first released in 1996.
3. Harvest Moon
Developed by Victor Interactive Software, Harvest Moon is not strictly a dating sim, however has an dominant sub plot revolving around dating. The main goal of the game is to build a successful farm, however the player is provided with the opportunity of dating and relationships. The depth of the relationship building and dating is enough in its own right to account for a successful game. A strictly girl oriented version of Harvest Moon was also developed but never coded for English release. Harvest Moon is available on the Playstation 3, Nintendo DS and the Wii.
SimGirls is the most popular and played adult oriented simulation game. This game is definitely not intended for users under the age of 18 as success in this game revolves around full consummate sex scenes. The gameplay begins when a player has 100 days to woo the girl of his dreams. Simgirls is in English and is often considered a classic. It's development as flash based, makes it supported on most platforms that use flash. The massive success of SimGirls has led to numerous imitations, however there is only one original.
1. The Sims and The Sims 2
Similar to Harvest Moon, the main purpose of the sims is to simulate life in many aspects. However as part of the gameplay, users can engage in in depth romantic and sexual relationships with other characters. Many of these relationships often times consummate to marriage and raising children. The original Sims was released in February 2000 and by March had sold more than 6.3 million copies. By 2005 it had sold more than 16 million copies. The Sims has also announced the February 3, 2008 release date of The Sims 3 which will take life simulation to the next level.
While there are numerous other dating simulation games out there, these four games are the most popular and tend to be the most enjoyable, as well.