While it succeeds in being a happy, positive game, Dream Daddy's simulation doesn t go far enough. What is it: Dating sim about a pleasant bunch of dating dads. Expect to pay: 66 / $65 Developer: Game Grumps Publisher: Game Grumps Reviewed on: Windows 65, Intel Core i5 7955 8.
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It really isn t, though: beneath the dad jokes and past a first glance, it s a game about kindness and positivity. You play your own, custom dad, who s moving to a new area with his daughter, Amanda. After introductions, you get to choose dads to go on dates with, which can range from trivia night with the local English teacher Hugo to fishing with handyman Brian. The third date is the kicker, though, as that decides which dad will be your Dream Daddy, ending the game.
You can rush through, quickly choosing a favourite and rushing into bed together, or take your time, playing the field and going on dates with everyone before choosing your match. For the most part those dates are wonderful. You might say the wrong things sometimes, or have to save a girl who waddled into the penguin enclosure at the aquarium, but it s always a fun time. After each one, you ll come back to Amanda and relay what happened, usually, followed by I love you and I love you too, Pops. Each dad is complicated and flawed in some way, and you don t fix them, but you help them in some way.
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Above all else, the dad you play wants to make sure Amanda is happy. How he goes about that is up to you you can be stern, relaxed, a mix of the two, but the aim is always to do what s best. That s the same across all of the dads: even though some of them have unruly kids, the dads do their best for them. It sounds corny, but that s the draw of Dream Daddy and it s where it succeeds.
That s the core message, but here where the dad dating theme actually detracts, as it takes precedence over other issues. All the dads here just are queer in some way and that s that. The core message of open love between family, friends, and partners is effective, but the game avoids its sex scenes and the minefield of finding other queer folk in a predominantly heterosexual society. These issues are conspicuous in their absence. Dream Daddy is a kind game with funny writing and uplifting themes, but neglects the greater issues it alludes to.
Despite that, what is there is great the characters are diverse, well designed, and smartly written. I was smiling for pretty much my entire time playing, and it always felt like a positive game. Dream Daddy will make you feel good even though it's ambivalent about the queer culture which it sits on. Subscribe to get the best content of the week, and great gaming deals, as picked by the editors. PC Gamer is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher.