) gruff stranger, you’ll find a man who hits the spot for you. The game could easily have had nothing more to say than “The internet thinks dads dating dads is hot, and that’s hilarious.” Instead what developer (and popular You Tube channel) Game Grumps delivered is a game that actually fleshes out its characters, treats their problems with respect isn’t just the same “fuck me, Daddy,” joke over and over.It’s a genuinely competent dating sim geared to welcome a queer audience.In , you play a customizeable single dad who’s moving to a cul-de-sac in the city of Maple Bay.This new neighborhood is entirely populated by dads, and they are dads who want to date you.There are seven romanceable fathers in total, hitting on a broad variety of archetypes.
A good response will net you an explosion of hearts (and eggplant emoji, if you’re amazing).The writers chose to gently lampoon dad culture, instead of making the existence of gay dads the butt of the joke.In an early part of the game, my character met another dad at the park, and we began to talk about our daughters.In this case, that extreme is a dating sim where you can play a dad who dates other dads.And the most surprising thing about it is that it isn’t a joke at all.Getting to know the guy under the goth exterior was one of the game’s highlights.While it’s remarkable and perhaps surprising that capably handles serious plots—especially if all you’ve seen is the game’s marketing—no one should be shocked that it’s also damn funny.The screen blinked, tinny chiptunes began playing, and I found myself in a Pokémon-esque minigame. Destroy the other dad’s HP by bragging about how freaking awesome my daughter is. Your character’s relationship with his daughter, Amanda, is the beating heart of the game.Powerful items included her childhood drawings, and her super effective good grades. As a senior in high school, Amanda is going through a lot: college applications, friendship struggles, the quest for her own independence.But this isn’t a romance novel — it’s a game, and boy can you mess shit up.Not every ending is happy, and even some of the ‘good’ endings are bittersweet. Even fighting a losing battle can feel good when you’re invested in the characters and their stories.