Japanese adult dating game
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.
While bishōjo games make up the bulk of dating sims, other types of games exist.
When the game ends, the player either loses the game if he failed to properly win over any of the girls, or "finishes" one of the girls, often by having sex with her, marrying her (as in Magical Date), and/or achieving eternal love.
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.
In a typical dating sim, the player controls a male avatar surrounded by female characters.
The gameplay involves conversing with a selection of girls, attempting to increase their internal "love meter" through correct choices of dialogue.These games may include simulation elements, often revolving around dating; pure sex simulation games are also not uncommon.