Dating sims put you in a place of power, skillfully negotiating social situations to get what you want.They’re a bit like interactive fan-fiction, and can sometimes be a little cheesy — but also very addictive.opened up a North American branch with the goal of producing otome-inspired dating sims specifically targeted at a western audience.After extensive market research, Voltage found that western audiences preferred stronger and more independent female characters, as opposed to the typical damsel-in-distress scenarios of Japanese otome games.
Largely, however, Voltage found that the love for bombastic romances was pretty cross-cultural.
A good dating sim has memorable characters and a compelling story to suck you right in.
Writing is key, and nice artwork doesn’t hurt either, especially when you’re trying to romance a couple of cuties.
Otome games follow a strict formula: The player is a heterosexual woman being courted by a host of attractive, young men.
There are usually a few archetypes to choose from, including the bad boy, the smart one, the cute (young boy), the reserved and mysterious type.