Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator

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Percentile Rank

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is ranked in the 52nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 19 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

42%

Critics Recommend

Based on 19 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Scored Reviews

Pure Nintendo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2019

Personally, I've always enjoyed a nice dialogue choice-based storytelling game, on the road! Another thing worth mentioning is: Many can find enjoyment in Dream Daddy, no matter the sexuality you possess — though depending on it, one might enjoy such more. Hence my scoring, as a genre enthusiast. I haven't played a meaningful dialogue selection game in awhile, so this was a refreshing change in pace.

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Player.One
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2017

Dream Daddy manages to break the well-worn cliches and tropes dating simulators tend to fall into to create an enjoyable experience.

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GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
GameGrin
ElisaDS

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2017

With wonderful writing and art, this game is amazing. There are a few flaws in the mini-games that can be mostly forgiven. I would absolutely recommend giving this dating game a chance. Definitely worth it.

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COGconnected
82 / 100
82 / 100
Aug 2, 2017

Between the delightful little flourishes, this is a game that wants to make you think. And feel.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2017

Dream Daddy is one of the funniest games of recent memory, but sadly also very short.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
NintendoWorldReport
Xander Morningstar

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2019

By and large, Dream Daddy succeeds at creating developed characters that have unique stories, interesting dialogue, and fun personalities. I wouldn't call anything here realistic; the cul de sac where the game takes place feels like a dreamy land where only the happiest characters exist, despite the hardships that they discuss. Dream Daddy looks great in handheld and TV mode, and this version boasted a handful more optional scenes, but nothing strikingly new in comparison to the rest of the dates.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2017

At its core, this is a game that's funny and good-hearted, presenting a world where a single queer dad's ability to be a good father is never called into question. It's a pretty cool accomplishment for a silly game birthed from a meme.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 5, 2019

Heartwarming; that’s the word to describe Dream Daddy. It’s a feelgood game, from its tongue-in-cheek Dream Weaver-esque theme tune to its message of acceptance and generally being excellent to one another.

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GamePro
76 / 100
GamePro

Top Critic

76 / 100
Dec 26, 2018

Greatly written and life-affirming dating simulator that gives away a lot of potential.

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Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2017

Dream Daddy is a fun and surprisingly wholesome game about not just dating, but also the highs and lows of parenthood

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RPG Fan
75%
75%
Aug 9, 2017

Dream Daddy is a sharp and humorous visual novel that unfortunately erases the notion of queerness from male-male relationships.

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PC Gamer
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jul 25, 2017

While it succeeds in being a happy, positive game, Dream Daddy's simulation doesn't go far enough.

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We Got This Covered
Jul 26, 2017

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator fulfils its promise of silly dad humour and heartwarming fatherly moments, but just falls short when it comes to the romance.

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WellPlayed
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 3, 2017

Dream Daddy comes from a nice idea, but is often hard to take seriously. It’s good fun for at least a couple of hours, but if you’re playing for the ‘novelty’ you won’t be playing much longer than that.

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RPG Site
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 24, 2017

Dream Daddy is a fun and light-hearted visual novel, but it's not without its share of issues.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2017

Dream Daddy is more of a dad sim than a dating sim, as its romance feels artificial on most occasions.

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Windows Central
Aug 5, 2017

The choices, sadly, don't feel very impactful, which is another negative for a VN, but the number of endings and diverse options of dads available to date do make a notable difference.

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Shacknews
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 29, 2017

I'm not sure if Dream Daddy is just a simple visual novel or a commentary on some social issue. Is it all a fever dream? Was there some nefarious explanation for the weirdness and coincidence of the proximity to all the hot gay dads? Did I let my mixed emotions about losing touch with my college-bound daughter drive me to explore a sexual side of me that I never knew existed? Was I secretly gay beforehand and masterminded the entire move to Maple Bay to satisfy a kink?

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Hardcore Gamer
2 / 5.0
2 / 5.0
Jul 22, 2017

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator has ample promise and a lot of heart, but wasn't given enough time to grow.

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