i started playing “dream daddy” because it was getting all this hype and, you know, gay dating sim, what’s not to like, so i found a bootleg download and i tried it on my own and got frustrated with my sub-s ranking, so i found a guide and followed it to s rank for one of the routes, and i gotta tell you…

it’s pretty boring.

the game, i mean, the game is pretty boring. it’s not like a japanese dating sim where you have to build up affection or whatever; you go on a set number of dates with these guys and you have to answer every interaction exactly right, as well as ace these stupid fucking minigames (they suck and i hate them), and the story is like…fine, the pc’s daughter is pretty good i guess, and the pc is…also fine, likeable enough, but seriously there’s one dateable character who i even like, even just as a person, so the only real motivation to play the other six routes (i think it’s six) is completion, which i won’t get anyway because i only got an a rank on the last fucking minigame in mat’s route because i have no fucking idea how to play that stupid thing, but i mean most of these guys are just dicks. no double entendre, i mean they’re annoying, annoying people.

so a+ for representation, because i mean the character creation screen lets you make your character trans if you want and one of the dateable characters is canonically trans (i think) and you can make your character gay or bi (or headcanon them as pan i guess?) and there’s a mix of black and white characters with non-uniform character designs and stuff, but there is a lot of text, the gameplay is very linear (seven branching paths, but each of them is very linear), and it’s just boring. i don’t know how committed the other relationships end up, but in mat’s route, you just sort of get the sense that they’ve started dating? sort of? the narrative says you’re hanging out a lot more and you kiss a couple times, so i assume that’s what’s going on. it’s not very satisfying, and there aren’t any pictures. granted, with a character creation, it would be hard to have pictures of you together, but i know it can be done because i’ve seen it in other games.

we’ll see if i get around to playing through the other routes, but i’m really glad i didn’t waste any money on this thing. 3/10 would not recommend.

eta: fuck it, i deleted. read some reviews on steam that seem pretty spot-on; apparently replayability is as boring as i was anticipating, so i think i’ll spare myself the trouble.


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