Dad dating sim Dream Daddy is out now

Dream Daddy

THERE ARE HOT SINGLE DADS IN YOUR AREA JUST BEGGING FOR A DATE! No, seriously, there are: Dream Daddy [official site] is out now, and you’re a dad trying to date other hot dads.

It’s got a branching narrative, multiple endings, and a total of seven date-able dads. And with all those dad comes lots of dad jokes, naturally, which I’m always in favour of (“Are you ready? Hi ready, I’m Dad”), and punnage galore. And havarti (look it up).

“You and your daughter have just moved into the sleepy seaside town of Maple Bay only to discover that everyone in your neighborhood is a single, dateable Dad! Will you go out with Teacher Dad? Goth Dad? Bad Dad? Or any of the other cool Dads in this game? With minigames, sidequests, and a variety of paths and endings, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is this year’s most anticipated Dad-based game.”

The art style looks groovy and I’m intrigued by the character customisation screen: there’s 28 different colours of facial hair to choose from. Pink handlebar it is, then.

Dream Daddy customisation

The game was due out last week but it was pushed back very late in the day, and then pushed back again this week. But hey-ho, it’s here now.

Dream Daddy is £10.99/14,99€/$14.99 on Steam if you fancy picking it up.

75 Comments

  1. Rinox says:

    So, I’m asking this without any sort of agenda, I’m just a bit confused after reading the article: is this game aimed at a gay subculture, or at women, or both? It’s just that the whole concept of dating a hot dad seems weirdly specific. :-)

    Thanks in advance,

    Yours cluelessly

    • Kitsunin says:

      I suspect it’s mostly just intended to be funny, and it happens to be very inclusive because it was made by dudes who were able to handle the (silly) subject matter maturely.

      • Kitsunin says:

        Although I suppose saying the subject matter is silly is a bit presumptuous, come to think of it.

        • Rinox says:

          Well, I guess you can think something is silly and still value it. I think a lot of things are silly, but I don’t have a problem with others enjoying them. :-)

          So basically, to get back to my question, the answer is: it’s whatever you want it to be? Aight!

        • xyzzy frobozz says:

          Or that it has been handled maturely…..

          Oh the assumptions!

          • Kitsunin says:

            Mmmm, it has in fact been handled pretty maturely. Having played a bit, there’s a lot of “lol they’re dads” humor, but never at the expense of the characters or their lifestyle.

      • nunka says:

        It might be more sincere than you think. Daddies are definitely a “thing” in some parts of gay culture. Stereotypically, daddies are found in May/December relationships, where they can more easily fill a fatherly role. But I don’t think there’s a rulebook that says daddies can’t go for other daddies.

        That the game reads as tongue-in-cheek is probably more symptomatic of how we as a society can’t seem to take gay men seriously. Or maybe it was specifically designed to be funny and silly because that’s what society expects of a game featuring gay men? Chicken or egg I guess.

        • Merry says:

          That the game reads as tongue-in-cheek is probably more symptomatic of how we as a society can’t seem to take gay men seriously.

          That’s ridiculous. The plot is that you’ve moved to a neighbourhood where there are only hot, single men, and you’re saying that labelling that as silly is homophobic?

          Would you also say that Hatoful Boyfriend is a serious natural history game?

        • Kitsunin says:

          See, I agree with you that the concept of dads dating other dads sounding silly reflects on our culture (that’s why I followed up by saying it was presumptuous to say). But the game itself is obviously silly, and intentionally so. “Build that dad!” “I wonder whether I will love myself as much as I love my grill.”

  2. Painhertz says:

    RPS is going downhill….rapidly.

    • reech says:

      It’s the fun way to ride. Who wants to pedal up hill on a site that’s a slog to read, and is up its on backside on its own importance?

    • Premium User Badge

      CrackedMandible says:

      It is? And here I thought they were continuing to provide their usual quality and entertaining read on non-AAA games.

      How could I have been so wrong?

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      Hmm. This comment is weird. How can this post – a short, breezy precis of a low-profile niche game – inspire contempt like this? Unless you’re against queer games for some insane reason. Explain yourself!

      • Premium User Badge

        MajorLag says:

        Troll is troll. Do not feed Troll.

      • xyzzy frobozz says:

        Because it is what has become a depressing reality here at RPS. It goes as follows:

        1) Belaboured attempt at humour; leading to:
        2) Cut and paste from press release; often with:
        3) Video; leading to;
        4) “If that press release/video interests you, you can find out more at -link-

        Job done.

  3. Anonymous2000 says:

    So if they’re all gay, are all the kids adopted?

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      Sigh. Because gay men are infertile?

    • Captain Joyless says:

      When I was in high school, two of my friends’ parents got divorced and their respective dads got together.

    • xyzzy frobozz says:

      They procreate with fag-power.

      • LennyLeonardo says:

        Lovely. Ban, please?

        • Cvszn says:

          oH LooK tHe PC poLiCE IS herE!

          • alw says:

            More a PC person suggesting the PC police slap the troll with a ban. TBH, I’m good with that. Nothing wrong with a bit of political correctness.

          • literarylottie says:

            Man, the Spongebob meme kind of loses its effectiveness without the picture, huh?

            Oh, and nothing outs you as a troll faster than complaining about the “PC Police.”

        • xyzzy frobozz says:

          I guess the professionally offended don’t understand the subtleties of gay people smacking down those who can manage to type, but not understand procreation.

          I can’t speak for the whole LGBT community, but I don’t need you to white knight for me, k?

          • montorsi says:

            Nice straw man. No one’s white knighting for you. Read the text above the input box, genius.

          • xyzzy frobozz says:

            Again your comprehension fails you.

            Not specifically for me, for the LGBT community in general.

            I can look after myself sweety. But you keep riding that high horse there Tonto.

          • LennyLeonardo says:

            You’re right, I was being a bit knee-jerky, sorry. However, there’s no need to be so condescending.

    • Mara says:

      I’m hoping this was a serious question, in which case, here is a serious answer:
      It depends from dad to dad, some had a child in an earlier straight relationship, some went with adoption, and I assume other options are explored as well.

      As for the player-character, you are given the option whether or not your previous partner was male or female.

    • charlesg says:

      Bisexuals exist too.

  4. trollomat says:

    I’m a straight non-dad with a beautiful girlfriend and I’m really jealous that I won’t be able to immerse myself fully into dating hot single dads.

    • Sinderlin says:

      Just play it with your girlfriend. Pretend she’s the benevolent ghost of the dead mother who helps you find the perfect guy to make your family complete again. No one else can see or hear her but she’s always there, giving advice with a beatific smile on her face and adding some levity with humorous remarks. In the end, she just wants you and your child to be happy. (Plural ‘your’ – fuck English for muddying that distinction)

      • Premium User Badge

        Skabooga says:

        That’s why the South of the United States invented the terms “y’all” and “y’alls”. Some people think it sounds backwards, but it is oh so useful grammatically.

        • Merry says:

          Are you really suggesting y’all’s child here?

          • Premium User Badge

            Skabooga says:

            Wait, is that an inadvertent reference to something? What’s wrong with it?

    • Vanderdecken says:

      I’m sure if gay people have been playing games about straight people and their relationships for a few decades, you’ll be able to enjoy this one :)

  5. Alberto says:

    The editor shows a level of love for being a hot dude-dad rarely seen elsewhere.

    And the fact the main characters are adults in their 30’s 40’s a not highschoolers is really refreshing.

    I’m a dad, myself, and I want some dadness in my games!

  6. Mara says:

    Wow, I’m, uh, used to better from the RPS comment section.
    I’m glad this is out, it looked funny just from the pre-release stuff I saw, but I’ve now watched a Let’s Play of the first half hour or so and it’s a solidly written and pretty funny visual novel.

    How is there nobody whining about not being able to relate with the Japanese high school students that tend to feature in the run of the mill visual novel, yet this kicks up a (comparatively large) fuss?

    • Seafoam says:

      Shows that regardless of all the new laws, corporate campaigns, the society still has a loooooooong ways to go.

    • maninahat says:

      I suspect it’s because most level headed people would have seen the news of a gay dating game and internally responded with either an “okay, I’ll check it out” or “huh, not interested” and not felt the need to comment at all. Thus you only get those lesser common, empty vessels leaving bigoted remarks.

      • OmNomNom says:

        Someone’s horse is tall.

        • Scripten says:

          Because stating that the people who aren’t coming here to gay-bash are in the majority is condescending somehow? Okay.

  7. Quite So says:

    I’m a lukewarm single non-dad, but I think I will enjoy role-playing a hot single dad who is into other hot dads. In my gaming experiences, I’ve been everything from a post-apocalyptic social worker to the organizational force for single-celled organisms, so being a hot single dad should be a fairly tame but fun variation.

  8. Michael Fogg says:

    Why are so many people expressing disbelief of the common and quite reasonable opinion that dating sims are simply quite pathetic?

    • TehWarsmith says:

      Well, to be fair. Dating sims certainly aren’t my cup of tea, but what I think is pathetic about them is the (still very common) idea of pathetic loser nerds playing games where they get to pretend to date gorgeous scantily clad women to make up for how they treat the actual women around them so poorly that they won’t go near them anymore. I can’t think of anything wrong with a dating sim that is about LGBT representation (especially when it seems to be pretty diverse).

      • Hao-Sen Lin says:

        Most ‘dating sim’ games are just romance stories in game form and with generic anime artwork. That’s it. Games focused around Male/male and female/female romance are really common, though I wouldn’t really praise them on being ‘LBGT’ or anything of the sort as they primarily target audiences of heterosexual men/women and cater to the preferences of that demographic, if it also happens to appeal to people outside of that demographic it’s more incidental than an active attempt at inclusion of them.

    • Alberto says:

      This seems to me a strange mix of tongue-in-cheek attitude and really good delivery.

      Also, in gayland, “Daddy” is a common term to refer to what in Heteroland is called “Milf”. I think it’s pretty obvious but maybe not for everybody.

      If I had to play some Datesims, this one and Hatoful Boyfriend (the one with the birds) are my candidates right now.

      • goodgeorge says:

        It does sound kind of obvious, but I for one didn’t realize that before you said it.

    • Cvszn says:

      Because on the internet, everything is a competition to see how liberal and progressive you can sound.

      • Premium User Badge

        Ghostbird says:

        Or that the world is getting more liberal and progressive all the time, and the remaining bigots are in denial?

        • TheAngriestHobo says:

          It’s really shortsighted to divide the world into “liberal” and “bigots”.

          • literarylottie says:

            Maybe, but considering the issue here is people trolling the comments of an LGBT-inclusive game and complaining about “liberal” virtue-signaling, it seems appropriate. Sometimes a bigot is just a bigot.

      • alw says:

        Or maybe that’s just your interpretation. My experience has been pretty much the opposite – that there’s a large group who seem to think it’s cool to be as offensive as they can.

        Luckily, those last ones are relatively rare on RPS.

      • Premium User Badge

        DelrueOfDetroit says:

        Stop virtue signalling.

        • GeoX says:

          Don’t you think that accusing people of “virtue signaling” for not being dickheads has gotten a bit old? I mean, I know you like to show off that you’ve learned a fancy-sounding phrase, but it’s just so hollow and predictable.

  9. parsley says:

    This game’s not my style, but I bought it for a friend who just about collapsed laughing when he saw the gift email. Thanks for covering it!

  10. GunnerMcCaffrey says:

    [Makes game about dating dads]
    [Makes all the men look 24]
    Ok sure

  11. Dormant says:

    Is it weird that I want a “Wot I think: Dream Daddy” by John Walker where he’s forced to read all his reviews of dumb porn games before reviewing this one?

    • The Chadillac says:

      By all means, let’s hear John’s astoundingly nuanced hot takes on this lmfao

    • Hao-Sen Lin says:

      I want John Walker to exclusively review H-games now

      • Premium User Badge

        DelrueOfDetroit says:

        It is my understanding that hentai games are illegal in the UK because of the totally 22 year olds who just happen to look 12, honest, nothing fishy going on here!

        • Dormant says:

          That is my fetish, hentai games where all the girls look like they’re 20+. Sadly, such gross fetishes aren’t served in Japan.

        • Kitsunin says:

          I think a certain amount of this is actually racial differences. When I first moved to an Asian country, I had girls asking me to guess their age, and I’d frequently miss it by ten years…twenty-somethings often look like they’re obviously underage. And then you find out they’re not even close.

          Well, this probably accounts for a very tiny amount of the cases of creepiness in hentai, but it’s surely a factor.

          • Premium User Badge

            DelrueOfDetroit says:

            I am referring to the “lolis” which are literally what I described and the games will go out of their way to let you know these woman are basically children.

          • Kitsunin says:

            And I’ve met 22 year-olds who I thought were twelve, it’s not even extremely rare.

      • durrbluh says:

        I do believe you’ve hit upon John Walker’s Greater Purpose.

  12. Hao-Sen Lin says:

    It’s nice to see a western visual novel since they don’t get made that often but the way it’s presented comes off as sort of pandering, as in a “look how silly and wacky we are” kind of way and it’s a shame that seems like the only way to really get attention towards an eroge game in the West. I like that a lot of eroge is trashy and silly but still very straight faced about it and relying on ordinary romance story tropes to drive the story, the general silliness is a lot more fun when it’s played straight and doesn’t have any excess attention drawn to it.

  13. upupup says:

    Should have hired Chuck Tingle.

  14. OmNomNom says:

    This looks gay