Dating sims, or relationship simulation role-playing games (RS-RPG), are a video game subgenre of simulation games, usually Japanese, with romantic elements.
They are also sometimes put under the category of neoromance.
The gameplay involves conversing with a selection of girls, attempting to increase their internal "love meter" through correct choices of dialogue.
The game lasts for a fixed period of game time, such as one month or three years.
These games often feature a day-night cycle with a time scheduling system that provides context and relevance to character interactions, allowing players to choose when and if to interact with certain characters, which in turn influences their responses during later conversations.
While bishōjo games make up the bulk of dating sims, other types of games exist.
You'll start as strangers and as you interact(talk) with them, your relationship will level up to friends, good friends, close friends and best friends.
The idol can only be your boyfriend upon 3 successful dates.
The term "dating sim" is also often used incorrectly in English as a generic term for romance-driven games (ren'ai games), a subject matter which is stereotypically associated with the visual novel genre.
This project was an Undertale dating sim, started sometime early this month by the original creator, Isla.
This project was suddenly canceled, so, as two people who were immensely interested in this idea, I, Thal, and Vincent took it over.
Coming Out on Top places you in the role of college senior, Mark Matthews.
You just came out of the closet and are ready to make up for lost time.