28.1.16 I've spent a lot of time in the brainstorming stage for the Dating Sim card game, and the exercise has really helped me to get a better handle on what the gameplay will look like.I initially was much more focused on the overall concept, art, and specific "cards" that would be funny as they tapped into the dating-sim stereotypes.These frameworks are not part of Ren'Py proper, and are supported by their creators.The dating sim engine provides a framework for creating dating-sim style games.In recent years, there have been many Role Playing Games that incorporate dating sim elements.These dating sim elements are often referred to as Romance Sidequests in the RPG genre.“Just Deserts” is a military-themed dating sim game with absurd story and interaction.If you’re looking for a refreshing game with beautiful girls, then it may be a perfect choice.
The company also makes a game called Ensemble Girls which is available in the US app store, however, it is not in English.
I just started playing Ensemble Girls lastnight and its gameplay is markedly different from Ensemble Stars. You roll dice and move the corresponding number of squares through each level. You can use points to summon new girls for your deck and also get sweet tasting food which if you feed to the girls makes them level up.
It’s a cute game, but the gameplay in Ensemble Stars is more fun since it’s a stat raising sim, which Ensemble Girls is not.
Because there is almost no market for true Dating Sim games outside of Japan, it's a frequent misunderstanding among western gamers that "Dating Sim" is the general term for all ren'ai (romantic love) games.
In fact, many romance games are Visual Novels, which is a much different game style.
(See for example, the difference between the series, which is very close to a Visual Novel style of gameplay, and the DOA Xtreme series, which is the closest thing to a true Dating Sim with mass-market appeal in the US.) If the game plays out like a Choose Your Own Adventure, that's a Visual Novel.