Bishoujo game dating sim
Users typically pursue one of several eligible candidates with the goal of ending up with them, in whatever sense that may be (married, going steady, etc.).
These games are usually in visual-novel format with certain mini-game elements.
The game wasn’t all that out of the ordinary in its native Japan so it didn’t really go over there the way it did here, as dating sim games and visual novels had already been de riguer for Japanese audiences for some time.
Branching visual novels and dating sims are two distinct genres, which may or may not contain erotic content.
Have the “too many games” debate all you want: the rise of totally batshit dating sims runs the gamut of loving parody to social commentary on something deeply personal or that needs to be said.
hits you over the head with this premise where sure, your first reaction is to laugh at a game about dating refrigerators and making sexual puns about putting food inside them but it’s also meant to serve as an allegory for loneliness and how Americans don’t really address or discuss it in our culture.
MYSTIC MESSENGER, for example, is an otome game with one GL route.
Not that most of us are going to object to laughing at a game that treads Catherine the Great territory or playing a meaningful dating sim about refrigerators, but it’s like grabbing a bowl of a fruit and a bag of chips when you really just want a balanced dinner.