January 2017 Community Game-Along: Dating Sim Games

Dating Sim Community Game-Along 2015

Happy New Year! I’m planning on doing a Chic Pixel-style year in review post in the next week or so highlighting some of my favorite media from 2016, but since this is my first official post of 2017, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has read, commented on, and/or shared my posts over the past year! Your support means the world to me!

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that the Community Game-Along is back for another year full of themed gaming months, starting with the return of #DatingSiMonth for the month of January. Since I’ve done the dating sim Community Game-Along twice now, I’ll refer you to my previous posts for ideas on what titles to play. But if this is your first time participating in a Game-Along event, read on for details on how to join in the fun!

The goal of the Community Game-Along is to encourage people to play games collecting dust in their backlogs or try something new they wouldn’t normally play. All you need to do is play a game that fits the monthly theme to participate! To share your experiences, titles you think others should play, and connect with other participants, use #DatingSiMonth on social media. This month, any game with romance as a central theme, from otome games such as Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom to simulation games with a relationship aspect like in the Harvest Moon series, counts! If you’re still stumped with what to play, try my suggestion posts from 2014 and 2016.

This month I’ll be working on the Code: Realize fan disc, which was released in Japan at the end of November (Aksys Games is bringing it out in English, too!). What dating sim games are on your list? Share your picks in the comments!

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.

  • Meyneth

    Does Hatoful Boyfriend count? xD

    I still have a couple of Code: Realize’s routes (Impey and Lupin, I think?) to finish, actually…although I might run through Van Helsing’s again, because reasons.

    • It certainly does! It doesn’t matter who or what you’re dating, as long as there’s romance involved 😉

  • I just finished Emily’s away so a review is incoming! Thanks for stating this up again!!

    • Thank you for participating! And I can’t wait to read it!

  • Westraid

    After the disaster that was Reine des Fleurs from last year’s #DatingSiMonth, I’m playing it 100% safe and choose to replay Will o’ Wisp, which was my first otome game ever! (´▽`人)♡
    I think it only got average reviews, but I really like western period dramas and I love the beautiful costumes, so this game was perfect to me!

    • You more than deserve a fun break after Reine des Fleurs last year!! I think we talked about Will o’ Wisp a while back, but I have the DS version… I never finished it (I think I got it when my Japanese level wasn’t quite good enough to handle it), but I really liked what I played!

  • Interesting! I’ve never done a game-along, but might have to try since I’ve been getting slowly obsessed with otome lately, playing “Mystic Messenger” and “Amnesia: Memories.”

    • Two great games! I hope to see you participate ^^

  • CuteEmUps

    I have 1 route left in Amnesia and Hakuouki and I really should finish them off buuuuut I think I’m gonna start on Mystic Messenger instead lol Sometimes I think I procrastinate on finishing games because I don’t want them to end 🙁

    • Hehe I understand that feeling completely! Mystic Messenger is a great choice, though!