Email Advertisement Video games are the biggest form of popular media to offer pure escapism. Many of the most popular games involve killing hundreds of enemies without so much as a second thought. Call of Duty, the most popular video game ever Read More with no repercussions?
You want to fall in love and have a relationship? Read More for that! Even horror movies tend to have some sort of hidden or not so hidden romance tucked away in the story.
Looking into it is similar to walking into the romance section of a bookstore for the first time. I had no idea this much content existed.
As with anything related to matters of the human ahem heart, there are a number of different types and genres available, catering to various preferences. For reference, romance games are divided by gender preference into bishoujo pretty girl games and otome maiden games. Bishoujo are those where you play as a man and have a harem of potential female love interests, while otome games are ones where you are a girl and have multiple male love interests. If you answered yes, you owe it to yourself to check out Ren'Py.
Read More 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? Katawa Shoujo 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. The game was developed by various members of the internet community. 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. 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. The game wins points for not taking itself too seriously.
Playing tons of video games. Well, that game exists in the form of Re: You play a girl named Merui, a high school student who spends most of her free time playing an MMO. Merui is harassed by a griefer named Alistair who steals a valuable item she thinks is rightfully hers.
So she gets to know each one to try and figure it out. This is an otome dating sim, where you have to manage specific stats to get the good endings. Have you played any free dating sims that you really enjoyed? Let me know in the comments section below!