Dating simulators, part of the larger genre of games known as " visual novels ," are single-player story video games with mostly simple mechanics. The goal is usually to navigate complex interpersonal interactions with several characters that may or may not result in romance , depending on your actions or dialogue choices. From dating dinosaurs to a horse with an anime boy face to a literal printer machine , dating sims are not afraid to explore some bizarre romantic options. ated June 21st, , By Ericka Blye: With their growth in popularity in the West, there has been a wider range of themes dating sims have tackled. And while a lot are still heartfelt stories about love and relationships, there are quite a few that are made with the intent of being absurd and making you laugh while you enjoy romancing your partner of choice. Steam continues to offer plenty of dating sims like this from indie developers all around the world. Throughout the game, you have the chance to build relationships with your new female hires, including the buxom exotic dancer, Jasmin, the sweet and shy Charlotte, and the sassy Sophie.