These dating sim elements are often referred to as Romance Sidequests in the RPG genre.
All the way back in January of 2016, we reported on a cat dating sim seeking approval on Steam Greenlight. I actually can't tell if this is a real thing, but with the last minutes of Dogstructoid bearing down on us (long may it live), I'll take my chances. So, there are a bunch of weird dating sims out there, and I consider myself a bit of an aficionado of the stranger ones. When it comes to holiday traditions, Christmas-themed video games aren't as common as Christmas movies or television specials.
So if it doesn't load don't vote and make sure to get the latest version of Flash Player at Also if doesn't play the game and it jumps to somthing else please forgive me however this only applys to for a short amount of time I will resolve it a soon as possible if it's an issue. 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.In Japan, dating sims constitute a popular game genre, and are released to cater to all manner of gender, sexuality and taste combinations.Here in the West, however, we tend to see a fairly limited selection get localized -- and due to the popular (and wildly inaccurate) assumption that male players still make up the majority of the gaming community, they tend to be of the "bishoujo" ("pretty girl") variety aimed squarely at heterosexual males.