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.
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?
Here are a few romance games/dating sims you can play right now for free: This one might be something of an acquired taste, given both its origin and its subject matter.
In this bishoujo romance game, you play a boy named Hisao Nakai, who has a congenital heart defect and is being sent to attend a special school following a long hospital stay.
Once he gets there, he meets various people (primarily girls) who have similar debilitations, and eventually makes friends and falls in love with one of them.
KS actually started on internet image boards, as images of girls with disabilities from the character designer of Valkyria Chronicles. There is graphic sexual content in this game, so it certainly isn’t for children.
The game was developed by various members of the internet community. This deviantart-based gamemaker has made a handful of Flash-based games, all loosely related to each other and with very similar art styles.The disabilities of the love interests, and Hisao for that matter, are handled with actual grace and sensitivity . The subject matter varies from modern day summer romances to medieval fantasy settings, and your love interests can be kings, vampires, aliens, classmates, or childhood friends.Unfortunately, I’ve noticed a number of typos in the dialogue, so they aren’t the most polished games in the world.Still, if all you want is a game where you form a relationship with a kawaii animated boy (or girl), Pacthesis has probably made a game you’ll enjoy.My personal favorite is Chrono Days, which involves a fairly lackadaisical representation of time travel, along with some steampunk elements, robots, and magical living dolls.You have eight possible love interests, each with a unique (if short) side-story.