Japanese high school dating game

The most basic definition of the dating sim is a game where the protagonist must choose between multiple potential romantic partners and attempt to woo them.

In the West, dating sims are still seen as a niche market.Picking the wrong choice can have the meter decrease, potentially harming the player, depending on the game.The Tokimeki Franchise is most notable for introducing the "bomb" feature.Good interactions boost your meter, bad interactions reduce it.In order to woo a suitor and get the "good ending," the player needs to pick the best choice out of multiple options (usually two to three) that reflects the suitor's personality.The game plays with the expectations of genres: aside from the obvious change in expectations (you date birds), the game is very self-referential and plays with tropes inherent in video games.

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