Novel type dating simulation game
Because there is almost no market for true Dating Sim games outside of Japan, it's a frequent misunderstanding among western gamers that "Dating Sim" is the general term for all ren'ai (romantic love) games.In fact, many romance games are Visual Novels, which is a much different game style.Alternate World Appearance Changes Beautiful Female Lead Caring Protagonist Cheats Game Elements Handsome Male Lead Hard-Working Protagonist Hidden Abilities Level System Loli Male Protagonist Mature Protagonist Modern Day Mysterious Past Overpowered Protagonist Parallel Worlds Special Abilities Time Manipulation Transmigration Trap Ugly To Beautiful Weak to Strong A 30-year-old NEET is reincarnated into the body of an otaku that choked to death on instant noodles.
Unlike the other genres on this page, the term "yuri" does not imply a particular target audience; games aimed at a male audience and games aimed at a female audience are both included under the "yuri" label.
(See for example, the difference between the series, which is very close to a Visual Novel style of gameplay, and the DOA Xtreme series, which is the closest thing to a true Dating Sim with mass-market appeal in the US.) If the game plays out like a Choose Your Own Adventure, that's a Visual Novel.
If it feels like you're playing an RPG, trying to keep track of everyone's feelings about you and giving out presents, that's a Dating Sim.
Although the genre originates in Japan, they are also made elsewhere, particularly in the form of "doujin-soft" (noncommerical fanmade games).
Most games are Visual Novels (a type of Interactive Fiction) or Dating Sims (a type of Simulation Game), although many are hybrids, such as Role-Playing Game / Dating Sim or Action Game / Visual Novel. See also Romance Sidequest for games where the romance isn't the main focus.