Knight Reviews: Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator

Hey there, everyone! Mod Knight here to talk about an amazing game with you! This time, I’m talking about Dream Daddy! If you’re unfamiliar with it, Dream Daddy is an LGBT dad dating sim in which you play the part of a dad dating other dads! It’s already an amazing concept and the game follows through flawlessly on it’s premise; not only that, but it’s full of incredible characters, deep, emotional stories, and lots and lots of dad jokes.

So! What’s the Number 1 thing that makes, or breaks a dating sim? Well, it’s the characters, no doubt. The cast of Dream Daddy is not only diverse, but super lovable, too. One thing I really enjoy about the premise of a dad dating sim is that that means that there are kids involved, too! Not only are the dads excellent, but the kids range from adorable to hilarious. Speaking of kids, we mustn’t forget the most important character in the game. Her name is Amanda, she is your daughter and you. WILL. LOVE. HER.

Image result for dream daddy AMANDAI mean, you’re her dad; it’s your job. But also, she’s an amazing girl who will pull on your heart and never let go. The story and writing for her do an amazing job of pulling you close to her extremely quickly, and really make you feel involved and concerned for her! Of course, being a dad isn’t easy, and the game does a great job of replicating the struggle.

Of course, we cant just spend the whole time talking about Amanda (though I could write a whole article on her). Because the game is dripping with amazing characters, especially in the dad department! From the sweet and nerdy Hugo, the brawny and boisterous Brian, and the cool, gritty Robert, every dad is an amazing character with their own story, interests and personalities.

One thing that I especially loved about the game is that, with many dating sims, it’s easy to get a handle on the characters quickly and understand their entire personality at a glance. Dream Daddy’s love interests, however, continually reveal layers of themselves that you’d never have guessed just from looking at them! And each layer only serves to make you love them even more because you get to know them not only as a romantic interest, but as a friend!

One other thing I enjoyed was the level of diversity the game included! Despite being a men focused dating sim, it still is chock full of interesting female characters, not to mention POC, bi, and trans representation! The game does an amazing job of showing the diverse spectrum of people in the world, even though it’s a simple game set around suburban America.

Also, you get to build a dad-sona and that’s awesome.

Overall, Dream Daddy absolutely blew me away! I’ve yet to cover everything I have to say about the game, however I think I’ll go more in depth on certain topics in future articles, as this is a game I’d like to cover thoroughly!

Thanks for reading everyone!

Gamer Date Night: Dandelion ~Wishes Brought to You~ with Mod Aria!

Hey Nasties, Mod Aria’s back today for more Gamer Date Night! Today, I’m talking about a dating sim that’s been around for awhile: It’s called Dandelion: Wishes Brought to You. This game was the first otome dating sim done by Cheritz; they’ve also done Nameless and the popular Mystic Messenger. And Dandelion is very different from the other games that Cheritz has.

The story focuses on Heejung. She’s a university student and a brilliant artist, but pressure from her disapproving mother forces her into a deep depression. One day, she wakes up and finds that someone has left a bunch of cute animals in her house (three rabbits and two cats). Heejung eventually decides to keep them as her pets, and she names them all. The animals help bring her out of her funk, and she soon finds herself loving life again. However, she quickly discovers one morning that the animals have turned into five handsome young men.

From that point, the game diverges into the route of the character that has the most affection with Heejung. Usually, otome visual novels come in two forms: an affection system based on correct choices, or a stat system where building up particular attribute categories helps move the route along. Dandelion has a bit of both, but the stat-raising part of the game is definitely the majority of it. I myself am not a fan of stat-raising games; I find them to be arbitrary. And Dandelion’s “stats” happen to be pretty gendered and silly: femininity, art, beauty, pressure and stress. You’re supposed to maintain the first three while keeping the other two at a minimum.

Suffice it to say, I did not enjoy the actual gameplay of Dandelion. But I did enjoy most of the characters. There are the three rabbits: quiet and cute Jieun, Jieun’s handsome gentleman friend Jihae and the tsundere Jiwoo. Of the two cats, there’s the popular and affectionate Jiyeon, and the easy going but rambunctious Jisoo. I enjoyed all the character’s routes, but Jihae and Jisoo are my favorite of the available guys. I felt like Jieun, Jiwoo and Jiyeon were a bit to immature for my taste. Though I did really like Jiyeon’s route for how intense the story was.

As for the writing, it’s certainly matches Cheritz’s style. The routes are cute, but most of them are quite poignant. I wouldn’t say this is necessarily a happy game, as even the good ends aren’t as good as I would have hoped. If you’re looking for a comparison, I’d say that the good ends to Dandelion are even sadder than Hakuoki’s good ends. Regardless, they do make sense for how the story is set up, so you can definitely give Cheritz a thumbs up for sticking to their guns.

Physically, the game is quite beautiful. The character models are very well done and attractive (particularly Jisoo and Jiwoo in my opinion). The music to the game is quite catchy. I loved the opening song and still have it on my iPod to this day. I kind of wish there had been a few more CGs to the game, but Cheritz was still breaking out when this game launched, so I understand they were likely on a strict budget.

In sum, Dandelion is a very deep and heart-trending game despite how cute it looks on the surface. If bittersweet endings aren’t your thing, then I’d suggest looking elsewhere. But if you’re okay with having a box of tissues with you as you play your otome games, then I highly suggest Dandelion. The writing for plot and characters is excellent. Hopefully Chertiz will continue the trend of making fantastic otome games for us fans!

Thanks for reading this article and have a great day you guys! Stay tuned for more NWG content, too!

~ Mod Aria/Sam

Gamer Date Night: Hatoful Boyfriend with Mod Knight!

This was posted to YouTube earlier this weekend, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, it didn’t make it to our social media cites. We’re posting it here now; this week should go by much smoother! Thank you!