Many folks never see Hatoful Boyfriend subtly transform into its final revelatory route that blows everyone's minds.It isn't a good game because it’s hilarious to date pigeons, it's a good game because of what it does to you after you become attached to all the pigeons and then play again one last time in order to "fulfill the promise." The epilogue is the real story.Some dating sims even go as far as avoiding a common-route affection rating approach entirely, like that found in Hatoful Boyfriend, by prompting the explicit choice of what character you want to pursue during the beginning of the game.This is usually done after a short introductory prologue and being given a narrative reason for the choice presentation, such as picking a classmate for a school project.In each scenario there are right answers and wrong answers to pick and watch play out.For example, when approaching a woman on the street, you can choose whether to "use checking out her earings as an excuse to touch her" or "start touching yourself to get her turned on".Super Seducer, a game where you use multiple choice methods to win dates with women, has had its Play Station release pulled.
Dating simulation games like Hatoful Boyfriend most often take the form of visual novels, interactive text adventures with images and animations accompanying the branching story.
Since dramatic romances are often the main focus of these games and are necessary to lead the stories along their branching paths, you are expected to fulfill your obligation as a good sport and at least attempt to fall in love.
Or else the game really won't know what to do with you, and thus you will be punished. Non-romantic visual novels do exist for those who don't want to opt in to this particular character-focused experience, but for this article we’ll be limiting ourselves to the love simulation variety.
At this stage I advise friends new to the genre that they need to focus on a chosen character early and aim for that goal ceaselessly.
And I assure them not to panic from this seemingly premature decision, because dating sims are specifically designed so that you will want to see all the available characters, each attempt requiring its own separate playthrough on a different timeline entirely.
But when playing dating sims you are actually being quizzed on how much you know about a particular character you’re after, either learned through attentiveness or knowledge of tropes.