Games like Panzermadels and that one pigeon dating sim were just okay in my book. Even that one where you date your printer was just bizarre — not worth playing but definitely worth looking into for its sheer absurdity. At first, I figured that this would be the case with Dream Daddy, so I shrugged it off and thought nothing of it.
Holy sh- Okay sorry. It features seven date-able dads with interesting stories that will be sure to keep dating sim fans entertained. Be forewarned, though — you will definitely catch feelings for these darling daddies. The game starts with you, a single dad, living with your soon-to-be-in-college daughter. The music is subtle, but upbeat and fun. Like, this is music that I can honestly only see in this game.
The voice-acting is slight, but appreciated — each character may only say a total of five or so different phrases and sounds, like laughs or sighs.
The point of the game is to go on dates with the eligible dads, and during those dates, there will be some dialogue and prompts that will dictate your path to either a good ending with your before-married beau or a bad one. But despite the light-heartedness of the game, there might be something totally sinister going on behind closed doors.
I could wash my laundry on those. So to see this atypically positive portrayal of an Asian man was a huge sign — because of the specific, afore-mentioned problems that Asian men are facing in society — that this was something the devs had to be attuned to in order to make this exact character.
A swole af Asian daddy with rippling abs and perfect pecs who is also the best male role model out there, constantly being hit on by thirsty women?
Yeah, someone on the team is woke to Asian male issues, and I was very here for that. While this is already a game centered on LGBT characters — yours included I made my Dadsona demisexual, I suppose — he was straight before but only has eyes for Craig — trans people are often left out. THAT is the mark of good writing, and it was definitely appreciated.
It goes without saying that this is not your average game or even your average dating sim. It really encapsulated what dating as a parent can feel like — most conversations gravitating towards talking about your kids, trying to figure out when to meet based off complicated visitation schedules and softball games, and even just generally feeling tired due to the cold, dark hand of time creeping up on you in your twilight years these dads are no spring chickens, after all.
Everything was based around their kids and their joys, frustrations, failings, and successes as parents. In all the relationships, the kids were made a priority, and the romance came second — as long as it worked out for the families as a whole. PC reviewed ; Publisher: July 13, ; MSRP: This review is based on a retail copy of Dream Daddy purchased by the reviewer.