Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
While it succeeds in being a happy, positive game, Dream Daddy's simulation doesn't go far enough.
Dream Daddy is a fun and surprisingly wholesome game about not just dating, but also the highs and lows of parenthood
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.
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?
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.
Between the delightful little flourishes, this is a game that wants to make you think. And feel.
Greatly written and life-affirming dating simulator that gives away a lot of potential.
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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.
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.
Dream Daddy is a sharp and humorous visual novel that unfortunately erases the notion of queerness from male-male relationships.