There is also a difference between “dating sims” and “ren’ai (romance) games.” The latter are more often done in the style of visual novels or choose-your-own adventures, while the former have some RPG elements, personal stats, and gift-giving mechanics. So where should you begin if you want a fun, romantic, and well-written game without breaking the bank?

Then you hit this line, "Saki Inafune, niece to legendary game developer Keiji Inafune, cant wait to visit her uncles new theme park." Wait, hold on, hold the phone, is this Mega-Man-and-Resident-Evil Keiji Inafune? Bomb defusing-antics are what await as you travel the park searching for your uncle and trying to rescue the other captured attendants.

It's a ridiculous premise to be sure, but I'm sure deep down we all secretly pine for immortality via dating sim - or is that just me?

This is a good game to play with your own significant other, because it's important to have an open dialogue about the consequences of sudden alpaca transformation.

Trust me, if you've been in a relationship long enough, you know what I'm talking about.

Many of the most popular games involve killing hundreds of enemies without so much as a second thought. For reference, romance games are divided by gender preference into bishoujo (pretty girl) games and otome (maiden) games.

Some of those weirdos go on to be game developers, and that beautiful marriage of madness and digital potential creates the most random simulation games you’ll ever find....! Looking into it is similar to walking into the romance section of a bookstore for the first time. As with anything related to matters of the human (ahem) heart, there are a number of different types and genres available, catering to various preferences.Regardless of race, creed, species, plane of existence, or definition of "alive," your perfect match is waiting for you somewhere in the great cosmos.And when it comes to, shall we say, couples, no one tops the open-minded pairings found in dating sims.Bishoujo are those where you play as a man and have a harem of potential female love interests, while otome games are ones where you are a girl and have multiple male love interests.This isn’t necessarily hard and fast, but it’s a decent starting point.Merui is harassed by a griefer named Alistair who steals a valuable item she thinks is rightfully hers.