These are the typical otome dating simulation games that started the trend (otome meaning "maiden" or "girl" in Japanese).
Most of the market is filled with these types of dating sims, because the original consumer base in the early 1990s was primarily made up of young women aged 20-30.
There are all kinds of different dating sims out there that let players woo all kinds of romantic prospects, but Hatoful Boyfriend is the first to allow players to romance human-sized, highly-intelligent birds. For the uninitiated, dating sims are a Japanese creation and most tend to contain the same anime-esque character types.
The stock characters are all more or less present here: Childhood friend, shy bookish one, carefree playboy (playbird? Gameplay is straightforward: The heroine is a human girl attending St.
With these kinds of games, girls could explore relationships and romantic fantasies in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Dating sims geared toward men with a male protagonist trying to court women are called bishōjo ("pretty girl") games and they also focus on romance and sexual encounters.
Most of these games use a tasteful fade-to-black for sex scenes, but some are sexually explicit or outright pornographic.
Dating simulation games demand extensive experimentation, trial and error.Some more infamous dating sims familiar to western audiences contain explicit content, but have no fear, there isn’t so much as a kiss in this game (probably because even the creator doesn’t know how that would work).Some birds are kind, some are jerks, some are just insane, and half the fun is picking a favorite. Almost every character is entertaining, but the award for Least Enjoyable Route goes to Dr. He has his fans but he’s really nobirdie to lose your head over. Considering this game was created by one person at home in her spare time, it’s more engaging and better-written than one might expect and that must be acknowledged.Rhiannon Saegert / News Editor Hatoful Boyfriend is the perfect game for anyone looking to spend their weekend crying bitter tears over stock photos of pigeons.Created by Hato Moa, Hatoful is a visual-novel style dating simulator, a choose-your-own-adventure type game where the player makes decisions at key points to try and make other characters fall in love with them.Some of the biggest and most popular, award-winning games are secretly dating games which use other genres as padding to distract you from what you really care about: sex and love.