Dating sims are often underappreciated by the gaming community. They are usually hilariously cheesy and heartwarming games backed with a great or decent story. They may sometimes get a bit too corny, but maybe that’s why they are so beloved? Either way, if you looking to try them out to polish your flirting skills, you have come to the right place! Here we have compiled the list of the best dating games for PC. So put on a classy outfit, some nice perfume, and get ready to charm the heck out of some 3D beauties in these dating simulators:
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1. Doki Doki Literature Club
Doki Doki Literature Club is one of the best dating simulators in the genre. As the protagonist, you join the literature club in your school, which now consists of you and 4 other girls (read love interests). The game starts innocently and will win you over with its well-written storyline and adorable characters. You can choose which girl you would like to woo from Sayoria sweet girl, the club president Monika, the tsundere Natsuki, and the reserved girl Yuri. Although the unexpected twists in the story can get quite dark, they too are part of the superbly written story.
2. Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp
You are in a camp with your monster buddies, but you suddenly recollect that prom is just a few weeks away. And you don’t have a date! Just like the first installment of the series, this game has different stats which are affected by how you spend time during your days. Depending on which area you choose to go to (as per your activities), you will have a different selection of love interests. From then on, it is just the work of wooing your crush and getting into a relationship in time for prom. If you like a challenge try out the grueling multiplayer mode.
3. Lucy – The Eternity She Wished For
Lucy -The Eternity She Wished For is set in the distant future where android robots are a common sight and have been integrated into society. One day, the protagonist finds a unique robot at a dumpsite. While most of the androids are simply boxes of metals and wires, devoid of any personality, this android seems almost like a human. Lucy expresses emotions and dreams just like a human. Lucy – The Eternity She Wished For is a visual novel about a boy and an android called Lucy. Players play as the boy and make crucial decisions and encounter chilling moral dilemmas. With a touching story and a surprising ending, the game has touched many player’s hearts.
4. Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds
This is a historical fantasy dating sim, where you play as a young woman Chizuru. She is on a journey to find her father, but the strenuous situation in war-ravaged Kyoto will make it quite difficult for a single person. You will meet 12 samurai of the Shinsengumi, who will be willing to help you. Over the 30 hours of gameplay, you can choose to fall in love with one of these hunks. As you progress through the game, you will unravel some brutal secrets and uncover the mysteries of your family’s past. The game has tremendous choices which lead the narrative into 30 unique endings.
5. Amnesia: Memories
Amnesia: Memories is one of the best dating simulators, especially if you are looking for a vivid fantasy world. You are set in a rather fixed-route depending on your world choices from Spade, Clover, Diamond, or Heart, at the start of the game. Each of these worlds has its own stylish bachelor. The artwork of the game is simply gorgeous! You would spend a lot of time admiring the character details, the scenery, and the environment. The gameplay mechanics are neat and easy to understand. Each world has different story routes filled with touching moments, wonderful art, and a different set of endings.
6. Senren Banka
Senren Banka is a beautifully written, often comical story set in a village of Hoori in Japan. The village is so remote that it is quite unfamiliar with modern technology and civilization advancements. The mesmerizing scenery and hot springs have made the village of Hoori a tourist hotspot. On top of that, an iconic sword- Murasamemaru, that has been stuck in stone for centuries is also a great attraction. No one has been able to pull out the sword. Our protagonist ends up breaking the sword while removing it. Here is when it turns to a dating sim, the villagers then force our “hero” to marry the shrine maiden, to pay his debt. The players will try to connect with the maiden while also getting to know the secrets of the village.
7. Later Daters
While many of the best dating simulators on this list feature non-human characters or are set in fantasy worlds, Later Daters has is set in a world as human as possible. Here you will be playing as one of the elderly retirees in Ye Olde Retirement Community. You can create your character from scratch and your dating options are more than enough. There are no gender limitations as well, you can date whoever you like. Since all the characters are elderly, they have a lot of bittersweet life stories to share and feel genuine.
8. Arcade Spirits
Imagine you are an employee at Funplex- a retro arcade shop. You will build some meaningful relationships while working there, with quirky employees and customers. Arcade Spirits is a visual romantic novel set in the year 20XX. Arcades are the only place left to have some serious fun playing video games. At Funplex, you will meet many eccentric gamers, cosplayers, and other employees. You can fully customize your character and the choices you make will affect your relationships and Funplex’s future. Players can romance any gender as well. Aracde spirits is a worthwhile dating sim for gamers and pop-culture enthusiasts.
9. Love Language Japanese
While you may have seen some bizarre genre crossovers in dating sims, Love language Japanese is yet another unique combination. As the name suggests, the game features a dating sim plus a decent language learning game. You will attend a prestigious high school in Japan for foreigners. Here you will meet new people and try to make some new friends and maybe a romantic partner while studying to pass In Japanese. This game actually makes you work for satisfying dating scenes by learning Japanese with more than 50 mini-games.
10. Purrfect Date
You play as a researcher’s apprentice, who is unraveling the mystery of “Cat Island”. Turns out, to do this, you must date the feline inhabitants of the island! You must date the cat characters and subtly extract the mystery of the island from them. The game covers the island’s dark secret under cats with unique traits and personalities, comical scenarios, and a decently written story.
11. Katawa Shoujo
Katawa Shoujo is a hidden gem in the genre of PC dating games. You play as Hisao Nakai who was hospitalized for a long time because of cardiac dysrhythmia. Later he moves to a high school for differently-abled children. You will play as Hisao and make friends (or not) in school, maybe you could even find a romantic partner for him. The game heavily depends on your choices, will you make him an extrovert and fall in love with a cute girl or make him intimidating and unapproachable. The game will make you play hard to win over one of the many beautifully written characters.
Negligee is quite a cozy dating simulator. You play as the manager of a new lingerie shop named Hannah. The game’s premise is to foster relationships with your cute and quirky employees. The choices of love interests are limited to Sophie, a sassy girl, Jasmin, an exotic dancer, and sweet Charlotte. While you may think that just three choices are scant, the witty wordplay in the story, gorgeous art and touching moments of romantic relationships will keep you going. Plus, a secret ending allows you to have multiple relationships at the same time!
If you thought dating sims can’t get weirder, Panzermadels is here to unapologetically burst your bubble. Here a variety of tanks from World War 2 have been personified as cute anime girls in school uniforms. This unimaginable dating sim lets you date these “tanks” in uniforms and get to know their touching war stories. Each tank has its own personality and getting to know each of them is hilariously fun. If you are a nerd interested in weaponry from wars and loves anime girls, this game is made just for you!
14. I Love You, Colonel Sanders
Talk about a “unique” marketing strategy. You play as a diligent culinary student working with a young Colonel Sanders to become a world-renown chef one day. Of course, while doing that you will try to date the famous KFC mascot. The game is filled with many mini-games and interesting conversations with different characters. While this is not one of the best games on this list, it is free on steam and is “Finger Lickin’ Good”.
15. Max Gentlemen Sexy Business
Max Gentlemen Sexy Business does not follow the traditional dating sims. It is a combination of half part business stimulator and half part dating simulator. That’s what makes the game so much fun. Basically while handling your business empire you get to flirt with your rivals and executives. You can create your own character and choose your gender, plus there are 12 love interests available to you to charm and an empire to build!
16. Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
As the name suggests you play as a single dad with a teenage daughter, trying to mingle with other single dads in town. You can choose to play as one of the seven hot dads and each of them come with their own variety of endings. Highlighting features of the game are outstanding stories with dialogs and heartwarming moments of parenting and dating. The character customization and fun mini-games also add to the fun.
17. Hatoful Boyfriend
Hatoful boyfriend is quite a peculiar dating sim but, it took the genre by a storm as soon as it’s released. Apparently, the story revolves around a human protagonist who has been accepted into an ivy league school for pigeons. Yes, you read that right. As absurd as it sounds, quite many players love the simulator. Just like other games in this genre, you spend your time in different classes meeting unique pigeons and building relationships with them. The story narrative is the best part of the game and it feels like a visual novel come to life.
18. Flix and Chill
Despite having low graphics and lacking some finesse, Flix and Chill is still quite a fun game to play. You will be put into five different dates with other characters. You will decide the date’s course and ending, by choosing appropriate actions and dialogue choices. It won’t be that easy though! The dialogue and action choices are cleverly constructed and a simple misstep will end the date way sooner than expected.
19. True Love
Even though the game was released in 1999, it was quite ahead of its time. True Love really makes you work for your waifu by adding RPG mechanics in the game. Every day you must plan strategically, on how to spend your day. The stats like “Intelligence”, “strength”, etc. will be affected by your activities. These stats in turn affect your dialogue options and your story ending with your waifu.
The protagonist you play as just got his heartbroken. While opening up your heart to someone after a breakup is quite hard, this is a game and it completely ignores the fact. You talk to six girls casually every day and can try to make one fall for you. The game shies away from the erotic elements of the genre and delivers a more soulful experience. A unique non-linear map allows players to access scenes which makes the story progress. The right choices in these scenarios will surely land you a happy ending with your favorite girl.