The player must befriend and carefully build and maintain a relationship with one or more characters.
These games also often involve raising stats that reflect the player's skills.
, are a video game subgenre of simulation games with romantic elements.
Dating sims such as Tokimeki Memorial, and some role-playing games with similar relationship based mechanics to the genre such as Persona, often give choices that have a different number of associated "mood points" which influence a player character's relationship and future conversations with a non-player character.
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.
Sexually explicit dating sims may fall into the category of H Game or Eroge.
Eroge only gets released to PC because large Japanese game companies do not want to release games with sexual content on their game consoles.
The term later expanded to encompass any game with romantic simulation elements, even when combined with other genres.
Series such as Sakura Wars combine tactical RPG gameplay with dating sim gameplay. I love to be sociable and I am described as a calm and relax person. I am very meticulous with my work and I work very hard.The subplot of dating is more focused towards choosing one of several girls or guys (dependent on the player character's gender) and offering them presents or joining them on events in the game.The Star Ocean series of RPGs also feature dating sim elements in a similar manner.Homosexual relationships are also possible, as there are games with no specific gender lines ("all pairings").