Jumping race or social castes is just the beginning; no line is too sacred for these poignant tales of romance.
Collected here are dating sims with the courage - and moreover the - to shatter all barriers with the power of pure love (and raging hormones).
The degree of sexual content varies, but may often include intercourse.
Sexually explicit dating sims may fall into the category of H Game or Eroge.
When the game ends, the player either loses the game if he failed to properly win over any of the girls, or "finishes" one of the girls, often by having sex with her, marrying her (as in Magical Date), and/or achieving eternal love.
This gives the games more replay value, since the player can focus on a different girl each time, trying to get a different ending.
The most common objective of dating sims is to date, usually choosing from among several characters, and to achieve a romantic relationship.
The term "dating sim" is also often used incorrectly in English as a generic term for romance-driven games (ren'ai games), a subject matter which is stereotypically associated with the visual novel genre.
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These games often feature a day-night cycle with a time scheduling system that provides context and relevance to character interactions, allowing players to choose when and if to interact with certain characters, which in turn influences their responses during later conversations.