Visual novel creation platforms such as Ren'Py and Novelty exist and are designed for people with minimal experience coding.Other options are flash games, which are less focused on characterization and are hosted on websites such as Newgrounds.Upgrading a character's social rank unlocks cutscenes where character pursue romantic relationships or improve their friendships.
Through cut-scenes, their relationships improve as the characters climb up ranks, culminating in S rank, which is only unlockable with two characters of the opposite sex and which enables them to marry.Because of the fact that they're relatively easy to make, dating sims have been created by many indie designers.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 adult games page is easily more popular, with some games reaching views in the millions.Unlike with the Visual Novel genre, Dating Sims place a lot of emphasis on rpg type elements, such as statistics, shown by keeping a girl's affection levels up and boosting up stats (intelligence, strength, etc.) through taking classes or participating in activities.
Dating sims are almost exclusively Japanese, to the point where popular Japanese media can recognizably parody aspects of the dating sim genre.The endings typically come in two types: good ending and bad ending.The good ending consists of the suitor confessing his/her love, as well as the possibility of a physical reaction (kissing, holding hands, sex, etc.).The Tokimeki Franchise is most notable for introducing the "bomb" feature.The player needs to keep his relationship up with all the potential suitors.With titles such as "Aching Dreams2 Hentai Game," "Meet'N'Fuck Road Trip," and "Orgasm Girl," it's pretty obvious what sort of direction these games are heading into.