Dating Sim

What is a dating sim?

A video game that simulates dating

Dating sims are video games in which players go on a series of dates with NPCs, in hopes of building a successful romantic relationship. Typically, these games are 2D, dialogue-heavy games, in which players make a series of choices while romancing one or more potential SOs.

Some dating sims are math-heavy RPGs, in which players must increase their charisma and other relationship-related stats to secure the object of their affection. Others are purely narrative, and rely on players making the right moves to woo their preferred partner.

What are some popular dating sims?

Popular dating sims include:

  • Sakura Wars
  • Hatoful Boyfriend
  • Speed Dating for Ghosts
  • Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
  • Monster Prom


I am so much better at dating sims than IRL dating
Some dating sims' cute appearances can be deceiving ...
Some dating sims' cute appearances can be deceiving ...

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Updated February 7, 2023

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