It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air! While gaming and love don’t exactly go hand in hand there have some interesting dating sims over the years. Especially the Japanese know how to spice up this genre with some freaky games. So without further ado, here is our top 5 most bizarre love simulators ever!
Hatoful Boyfriend might be the most well known entry on this list. The pigeon dating simulator began as an April fools joke in the form of a flash game and grew out to be a huge success. As the only human attending the St. PigeoNation’s Institute, it’s your job to fall in love with one of your feathered fellow students. Yeah, this text adventure makes you date pigeons. Hatoful Boyfriend was playable on Android, iOS, Playstation 4 and PS Vita, but nowadays can only be played on PC.
The Nintendo DS game LovePlus has been responsible for many legendary news stories over the years. Stories about a Japanese man who took his virtual girlfriend out to dinner in real life. Another guy baked a birthday cake. One man even married his Nintendo DS containing a Love Plus cartridge. Yep, that’s weird. The game is also quite strange as the 3DS version, New Love Plus, makes it impossible to ‘cheat’ on your virtual girlfriend thanks to integrated facial recognition software called ‘Boyfriend Lock’. Freaky stuff.
Tomak – Save the Earth Love Story
The Korean Tomak series is pretty popular in both South Korea and Japan. In this game you need to conquer the heart of the god Evian who is… a girl’s head in a flowerpot. Seems pretty creepy right? But the idea behind it is kind of interesting. The other gods challenged Evian to prove that true love still exists by taking away her body and letting men fall in love with her for her personality. Quite a serious message in such a weird game.
A dating sim that lets you date a Tyrannosaurus Rex? That’s just crazy! Jurassic Heart is a web based game that uses the famous Jurassic Park franchise in a very original way. While the game is a little short, it is definitely fun to romance one of the most dangerous predators that ever roamed the earth. Like Jeff Goldblum said in the movie: “life … uh… always finds a way”.
Brother Falls in Love!
“Brother Falls in Love!” isn’t about your brother falling in love. No, it’s about a Brother printer that steals your heart. In this web-based advergame released by the Japanese printer manufacturer Brother you play a high school student that suddenly falls in love with a piece of office equipment. You can even watch your inky love interest play sports. The game is playable in English if your web-browser is capable of translating. So nothing is stopping you from romancing a Brother printer!
This is a video script about love simulators that has been modified in a video for ZoominGames.