Best dating simulator ever

Except, you aren't dating human beings — no way, this is a game about dating a series of very quirky pugs.

Join Megan Farokhmanesh and I as we go on the weirdest dates of our life.

Welcome to Otome, visual dating games made with women in mind.

They enjoy a healthy fandom, but many acclaimed titles remain in their native Japanese—frustrating, because romance and relationship games are more popular than ever.

Lots of players get turned onto these aspects from story and character-driven Bio Ware games like Dragon Age, and if you’re a fan of those, I have a few recommendations to help welcome you into the otome genre.

While all you need to be “good at” is reading and making choices -- don’t worry if you don’t normally play games -- there are some important things to know about how these games work.

Generally you meet several characters, and will have to choose one to court.

In Japan, dating sim characters are referred to as “capturable” -- whether that means you capture their hearts or their bodies depends on the game.But you’ll need to focus, as playing the field can result in an unsatisfying ending, and no one likes that.These games are often designed to be played multiple times.Tools like multiple save slots, quick-save features, and the ability to skip text and rewind help players efficiently pursue every potential partner character and reveal every story path.It’s like backwards-engineering a narrative database -- and you may be surprised to find how much the story changes when you focus on a different partner each time. Hakuoki is a period piece, taking place in the Bakumatsu period of Japan at the time of civil unrest between the Emperor and the Shogun.You play as Chizuru, who disguises herself as a man to travel to the capital of Kyoto in search of her missing father.