The player needs to keep his relationship up with all the potential suitors.If one falls too low, then the suitor gains a "bomb." When the suitor has a bomb, then she'll gossip about the player to the other characters, lowering his relationship with them.Other options are flash games, which are less focused on characterization and are hosted on websites such as Newgrounds.Newgrounds has two main dating sim pages: an all ages one and a page for adult games, found under the "Adult Features" collection instead of the "Games" tab.The cheap price of the game helped spread it to the popular consciousness.Popularized by a Let's Play on the website Quarter to Three, Hatoful Boyfriend took the Internet by storm, as shown by a massive amount of fanart and fanblogs on sites such as Tumblr and Pixiv, and helped bring dating sims back into the public consciousness.A higher social rank also means that characters will give each other better benefits (higher dodge rate and higher attack skill, for example), with the S rank as the highest.
The endings typically come in two types: good ending and bad ending.Ends can be fairly bittersweet: a good end can involve the couples in a long distance relationship or a deathbed confession of love, but it does involve the couple getting together.In most games, the relationship between the avatar and the potential suitor is measured in a meter.Because of the fact that they're relatively easy to make, dating sims have been created by many indie designers.
Visual novel creation platforms such as Ren'Py and Novelty exist and are designed for people with minimal experience coding.
Dating sims are almost exclusively Japanese, to the point where popular Japanese media can recognizably parody aspects of the dating sim genre.