It was only a matter of time before the popularity of both simulation games and online dating merged into the creation of romance simulation games. These video games allow the user to try to make the "Sim" couple meet, go on dates, and eventually fall in love.
How Romance Simulation Games Work
People who have played other simulation games will have no problem figuring out how to work with romance simulation games. The user is given two people to take care of, either directly or indirectly. He or she has to feed them, make sure they sleep, ensure they go to work, and the like. In addition, he or she has to organize dates for the two characters and assist them throughout the courtship. How the couple ends up faring directly relates to what the user tells them to do.
It's important to take note of the fact that some romantic simulation games allow the user to engage his/her characters in a physical relationship, to varying degrees. Adults should always look at the rating of the game or play it to scan for graphic content before allowing children to use it. Although they are games, romance Sims are not targeted to kids.
Finding a Love Simulation Game
Many games are available for purchase on the Internet. A few of the more promising ones are:
- Singles: Flirt Up Your Life - The user chooses two characters that move into an apartment together. The goal is to try to make them get along together, as well as keep their abode clean and well managed.
- Singles 2: Triple Trouble - The characters get a chance to get out of the apartment and navigate the city. There may be trouble in paradise, since other characters besides the two are allowed to enter the picture. This game features both straight and gay characters to pick from.
- Summer Session - The user is a male college student and his task is to find a date and pass his classes before the end of the summer semester. He can buy clothes, work out, and do other activities in hopes of impressing his ladylove to be.
Note that all of these games have charges associated with them. They are not available for free.
Romancing the Sims
It's also possible to follow a romance track in the popular simulation game, The Sims. The user can make romance his or her Sim's highest priority by labeling it a Romance Sim when he or she introduces it into the virtual world.
Once a Sim is labeled a Romance Sim, it wants to play, date and flirt. Note that this Sim wants a life of romance but does not want to settle down and get married. It is more into casual dating.
To fulfill this Sim's goal in life, the user makes it have a first kiss, find other Sims to hook up with and gain aspiration rewards, such as the Love Tub, to help it keep conquests interested.
While these games do feature a lot of the traditional dating process in them, they are not meant to be training tools for how to get dates in the real world. People that are not made of electronic pixels are much harder to please and to understand than Sims. Also, the responses are already preprogrammed into the game, and everyone knows that real life does not follow a script. Those seeking dating advice can play these games for fun, but there are many better sources out there for learning how to get a mate.