Dating simulation games started gaining popularity in Japan during the 90's.
However, this was never the case in other parts of the world.
Video game magazines that I read regularly would cover Japanese imports and niche titles, but dating sims were merely a curiosity and nothing more. The games industry has grown exponentially and modern gamers are interested in titles beyond the scope of the action, shooting and role-playing genres.
We've been seeing stronger interest in PC gaming lately, and we have the rise of Steam to thank for this.
The PC is an open platform with tons of great development tools, making it ideal for small indie developers to target.
Steam on the other hand, has made digital distribution cost-effective, efficient, and accessible to a massive audience.
All this is a huge boon for visual novels and dating simulation games, which would have lingered in obscurity outside of Japan, otherwise.
A bevy of 2D hotties are waiting for us to make the right move.
The majority of dating simulation games usually has the player assuming the role of a male protagonist in the lead role, as he tries to win over the hearts of several beautiful girls.
Sweet Fuse: At Your Side on the other hand, introduces us to Saki Inafune who’ll be romancing six hunky guys for a change!
What’s even cooler is that Saki happens to be the niece of famous Japanese video game designer - Keiji Inafune.
Well, considering that Comcept co-developed this title, it’s easy to make the connection.
Saki is hurled into a suspense-filled mystery, where her uncle is held hostage, and she’s determined to save him in a theme park that’s about to blow.
But she’ll also encounter the other men who she may end up saving, and even, developing a deeper bond with.