Dating simulation games can be fun to play alone or with friends and if you’re looking to play them, we’ve found a few that you might enjoy listed below. They have been popular in Japan for years, and just now are starting to appeal to North American audiences as well. There are many different types of games, and they are available for your computer as well as many games for gaming systems such as your Playstation, Nintendo DS, or Xbox.
It may seem silly to play a game that simulates dating when you could be out there having real life dates, but many role playing and simulation games can be a nice escape from reality from time and time. It’s also sometimes refreshing to play video games that don’t require you to blow up things and kill people too!
Below are some dating sim games that you may enjoy:
The Sims: Whether you play the original, The Sims 2, or are anxiously awaiting the release of The Sims 3on June 2nd (yes, you can pre-order now!) the Sims is a game where you create virtual characters, build them a house, get them jobs, and introduce them to dating and romance. The game, while it seems pretty silly, is also pretty highly addictive and is probably one of the best people dating simulation games out there based on its features. Your Sims can fall in love, get married, have kids, and even test their relationship through many of the same problems real-life couples face as well. (Yup, your sims are exhausted after a day after work and not always in the mood for romance!)
Harvest Moon: Harvest Moon is sort of like a dating game, though it is mostly a farming simulation game. You will need to create your characters and build a family though, so it does give you many aspects of a dating simulation game.
Brooktown High: Senior Year: Here is your chance to relive your high school dating years. In the game Brooktown High: Senior Year you create your character, and then go on a quest to get the date you want, with many mini games and other challenges.
Feel the Magic XY & XX: In this game you play a boy who is smitten with a girl and must do some silly and strange things to win her affection, like eat a goldfish. Downside: It’s only available on Nintendo DS. Read Reviews.
Sprung: Where Everyone Scores: This game is a little strong in innuendos as one may infer from the title, but it does give players the opportunity to try and date their characters in a ski resort setting. Again, only available on DS. Read Reviews for Sprung: A Game Where Everyone Scores.
The Guy Game: This is not so much a dating simulation game as it is a game for guys that combines Girls Gone Wild and strip poker type removal of clothing while you answer questions. Obviously, not meant for young adults or children! Who knows? Could be an interesting game to play as a couple. (I haven’t played this yet, but it looks interesting to say the least!) Read Reviews of The Guy Game.
Have you any other dating simulation games to recommend? Have you played and enjoyed any that are listed here? Share your thoughts in the comments below.