Sure, I had to fish it out of some expensive champagne, but goddammit, I GOT THE RING. a dating simulator that allows players to reap many of the rewards of romance without having to make physical contact with another human being.
By the time I got my ring, I had been playing obsessively for a week.
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.
However, despite never quite finding a foothold in the West, the Vita has slowly but surely established itself as a competent handheld in Japan.
The technical definition of a dating simulation game, known as a romantic simulation game in Japan, can involve several technical elements such as a time limit, several statistics such as looks and charm which can be boosted through exercise, or an "attraction meter" which can increase or decrease depending on one's decisions.
Some original-English dating sims include Sim Girls, In a typical dating sim, the player controls a male avatar surrounded by female characters.
Gameplay-wise, they can range from stat management simulators to RPGs, but the vast majority are visual novels, where text-based decisions decide how the branching storyline will play out.
Despite its dedicated fanbase, it can be hard to understand the appeal of otome games for someone new to the genre.