It does not have to be the main gameplay element (such as in Japanese dating sim games), but there must be at least some gameplay-related choices concerning a romantic relationship.
The first ending many people experience when playing notorious pigeon dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend involves being ambushed by ninjas for "failing to display sufficient intimacy with the birds." You are unceremoniously killed and brought back to the main menu to start over from the beginning or are forced to resume from an earlier save point.
Last week we posted an announcement for a new game on Kickstarter called Dark Skyes, a dating sim that takes place in the world of My Little Pony (MLP from this point on).
The bad news is, if funding fails, we plan on pitching the finished game to publishers, a process... We've been having trouble bringing the alpha into playable shape in time for the end date of this Kickstarter. The Internet is certainly a miraculous creation but there are times when we see truly horrific things that itâ€™s enabled that make us wish we could burn the Internet down and salt over its ashes.
You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Case in point: A new Kickstarter project called Dark Skyes that aims to be the worldâ€™s first brony dating simulation game. we were really hoping that we wouldn't have to release any actual visuals until the game was up to our own high standards, but because of this trolling/scam campaign nonsense we have been forced to put something together to show you guys....
Though the graphics can be improved to make the experience better, Flix and Chill shows its real strength in its branching storylines and the all-too-real dating conversation and situation that every guy can relate to (sorry ladies, this game is a dating simluation based on a guy's experience). Flix and Chill demonstrates these situation well and the result will depend on what you do. I have some laundry to do.", you know your date isn't going all that well... It seems I have much to learn from this game as I got dump twice in a row!
Much like real dating, you will be scratching your head trying to read your date's mind. UPDATE: The mobile version in the App Store and Google Play store contains extra contents that you do not find on the browser version.
Many Western players new to the genre miss out on that fundamental aspect of the experience, writing dating sims off as shallow and basic after dipping their toes in.