The best dating sims are a great replacement for Hinge, Tinder, or blind dates. It’s a helluva lot easier to digitally date weapons that turn into hotties or try and woo Colonel Sanders in a dating sim than the IRL practice, so we’ve gathered the best of the best here.
Dating sim games are often interactive stories with dialogue options that influence the ending (and partner) you get. But some dating sims play around with the traditional formula, making for a unique and exciting playthrough – like Boyfriend Dungeon, which is part dating sim, part dungeon crawler. In most dating sims, there are plenty of love interests to choose from no matter your sexual preference, and your actions will determine whether your crush falls for you or maybe even murders you. Hot.
There are tons of great dating sims out there, but we’ve gathered and ranked the best ones that feature the best storylines, the best characters, and the weirdest themes. Good luck out there, heartbreaker.
10. Raptor Boyfriend: A High School Romance
Developer: Rocket Adrift
Raptor Boyfriend has not yet been released, but its romance options are too interesting to ignore. Will it be the artistic fairy, the musical bigfoot, or the sporty velociraptor who wins your heart? Or as the game puts it: are you team wings, fur, or scales? Raptor Boyfriend seems to take a more serious approach than previous dating sims. As you interact with the three love interests, you will find out more and more about their past. In other words, this game looks like the right combination of a serious story, goofiness, and unconventional love interests.
9. Arcade Spirits
Developer: Fiction Factory Games
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch
You’re the new employee at a local arcade in the 1980s (where the major recession that took place in the industry during this time never happened). You can fully customize your character at the start of the game and then meet a ton of interesting people and dating prospects that the Funplex arcade, including cosplayers, gamers, and more colorful types. The setting and the visuals make for a really cool vibe that stands out in a sea of dating sims. This is a good one, guys.
8. Max Gentlemen Sexy Business
Developer: The Men Who Wear Many Hats
Max Gentlemen Sexy Business gets extra points for its new take on the dating simulator genre. It combines the classic dating sim features with business simulator gameplay. In other words, managing your production and flirting with fellow executives go hand-in-hand here.
Another thing that makes Max Gentlemen Sexy Business stand out from the crowd, is the role-playing element. Unlike most dating sims, you get to create your own character and pick your preferred gender. There are 12 romanceable characters, so plenty of ways to sleep your way to the top.
7. Jurassic Heart
Developer: Thongrop Rodsavas
Platform: Browser (opens in new tab)
Many dating sims make their characters look cuter than in reality, but not Jurassic Heart. A T-Rex looks like a T-Rex, whether you’re dating him or not. But even though he looks scary, your new classmate Taira is a gentle dinosaur who enjoys playing the ukulele.
Truth be told, Jurassic Heart’s story is very short and only has a few endings. Nonetheless, its beautiful atmosphere and heartwarming story make it impossible to ignore. It’s just the right mix of silly, strange, and serious; all the required ingredients for one of the best dating sims.
6. Hatoful Boyfriend
Platforms: PS4, Android, PC
In Hatoful Boyfriend: A School of Hope and White Wings, you play a human girl who has eight different love interests to choose from. Oh, and they’re all pigeons.
Not only is Hatoful Boyfriend one of the funniest and most bizarre dating sims out there, it is also celebrated for its variety of endings and character depth. Like Doki Doki Literature Club, Hatoful Boyfriend’s silly exterior hides a much deeper and fascinating storyline. This is also a unique chance to learn a thing or two about pigeon breeds, so make sure you don’t miss it.
5. I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator
If Colonel Sanders doesn’t strike you as perfect husbo material, you haven’t seen him in ‘I Love You, Colonel Sanders!’ yet. The dreamy, silver-haired Colonel will be your classmate during a three-day cooking class. Guess what’ll be on the menu?
Do not dismiss ‘I Love You, Colonel Sanders’ as just a marketing stunt – although it’s quite short, it is funny, weird, and free to play. In fact, it has one of the best intro videos ever seen in a dating sim. So, if you can handle an abundance of fried chicken advertisement and anime references, do not leave the Colonel waiting.
4. Boyfriend Dungeon
Developer: Kitfox Games
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch
What if your weapons in a dungeon crawler could transform into incredibly hot people that you could date? Boyfriend Dungeon asks and answers that important question, giving you a chance to run through dungeons with a selection of weapons and date those weapons outside of the dungeon. You can also choose to pie off dating anyone and just hang out with a cool cat, which is a very solid option if you ask me. Boyfriend Dungeon is delightful, a great new take on the dating sim.
3. Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
Developer: Game Grumps
Imagine you’re a single dad who just moved to a new neighborhood with his teenage daughter. You are looking for love, and surprise: your new town happens to be full of hot, (mostly) single dads! There’s a Teacher Dad, a Fitness Dad, a Goth Dad… Seven daddies to match your own desires, and they all come with several different endings.
One of the things that sets Dream Daddy apart is the character creation. There’s a broad range of customization options to help you design the dreamiest of daddies. If that’s not enough reason to play Dream Daddy, then check out the dad jokes and the minigames. Hope you’re into minigolf and fishing!
2. Monster Prom
Developer: Beautiful Glitch
Yet another classic among dating simulator connoisseurs. In Monster Prom, you go on a highschooler’s most important mission: scoring a date for the prom! It’s only different from reality in two ways: everyone is a monster and you might actually succeed.
Monster Prom is colorful, cartoonish, and far more than a click-through adventure. You have to try your hardest if you want to score a date, and even then there’s a high chance of rejection. As dating sims are usually single player only, one of Monster Prom’s best features is the multiplayer option.
1. Doki Doki Literature Club
Developer: Team Salvato
Doki Doki Literature Club is one of the most popular dating sims out there. The story starts innocent enough with four potential love interests, a high school club, and lots of poetry. There’s the sweet girl, the quiet one, the tsundere… But things are not as normal as they seem.
Doki Doki Literature Club has a great storyline and interesting characters, but the best thing about it are the unexpected twists. This game will turn surprisingly dark when you least expect it, hence the reason it starts with the warning that it’s not suitable for “children and those who are easily disturbed”. If you think you can handle it, then this is one dating sim you don’t want to miss.