Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator

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Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
Dream Daddy Steam header.jpg
Developer(s) Game Grumps
Publisher(s) Game Grumps
Director(s) Tyler J. Hutchison
Writer(s) Vernon Shaw
Leighton Gray
Composer(s) Jesse Cale
Engine Unity
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux
Release Microsoft Windows, macOS
  • WW: July 20, 2017
Linux
  • WW: September 22, 2017
Genre(s) Visual novel
Mode(s) Single-player

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is a visual novel video game released on July 20, 2017 for Windows and macOS, and on September 22, 2017 for Linux. The game was developed and published by Game Grumps and written by Vernon Shaw and Leighton Gray.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Dream Daddy is an interactive visual novel where the player can choose between seven different fathers they can date. Included are mini-games to complete, multiple endings and voice acting by members of the show Game Grumps. The player is able to customize the appearance of their player character.[2]

Plot[edit]

The game follows a lonely single father who has just moved to Maple Bay with his daughter, Amanda. On the cul-de-sac where he lives, most of the fathers are single, and the player has the option of romancing them. The fathers available to romance are Mat Sella, Craig Cahn, Hugo Vega, Brian Harding, Damien Bloodmarch, Robert Small, and Joseph Christiansen.[3]

Development[edit]

On July 14, 2017, it was announced that the game's release would be delayed due to the discovery of some last-minute bugs, and would miss its original release date of July 13, 2017. It was given a new date of July 19, 2017, only to be delayed again. It finally came out on July 20, 2017.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic72/100[5]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Game Informer7.5/10[6]
PC Gamer (US)70/100[7]
Polygon8/10[8]
Bleeding Cool9/10[9]
GameStar76/100[10]
Wired (UK)7/10[11]

Critical response to the game was "mixed or average", according to the review aggregator Metacritic.[5]

Accolades[edit]

The game was nominated for "Best Visual Novel" in PC Gamer's 2017 Game of the Year Awards,[12] and for "Best Adventure Game" in IGN's Best of 2017 Awards.[13] It was a runner-up each for "Best New Character" (Damien Bloodmarch), "Best Cast of Characters", and "Game of the Year" in Giant Bomb's 2017 Game of the Year Awards.[14][15] It won the award for "Biggest Surprise" in Game Informer's 2017 Adventure Game of the Year Awards.[16]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2017 Golden Joystick Awards Best Indie Game Nominated [17]
PC Game of the Year Nominated
Breakthrough Award (Game Grumps) Nominated
2018 National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards Game, Special Class Nominated [18][19]
SXSW Gaming Awards Trending Game of the Year Nominated [20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gach, Ethan (June 18, 2017). "Help Hot Dads Find True Love In Dream Daddy". Kotaku. Archived from the original on June 19, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ Megarry, Daniel (June 19, 2017). "This gay dating sim lets you hook up with your perfect daddy". Gay Times. Archived from the original on June 19, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ Strawhun, Aiden (June 19, 2017). "Fulfill Your Dating Dreams With Dad Dating Simulator Dream Daddy". GameSpot. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ Rowen, Nic (July 14, 2017). "Dream Daddy delayed, some fans are salty". Destructoid. Archived from the original on July 15, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Dream Daddy: A Daddy Dating Simulator for PC on Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ Favis, Elise (July 27, 2017). "Dream Daddy". Game Informer. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  7. ^ Dwan, Hannah (July 24, 2017). "Dream Daddy: A Daddy Dating Simulator Review". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on August 5, 2017. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ de Rochefort, Simone (August 10, 2017). "Dream Daddy review". Polygon. Archived from the original on August 10, 2017. Retrieved September 5, 2017. 
  9. ^ Sheehan, Gavin (July 20, 2017). "Who's Your Daddy? We Review 'Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator'". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on July 20, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
  10. ^ Matschijewsky, Daniel (July 28, 2017). "Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator - PC". GameStar. Archived from the original on August 4, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 
  11. ^ Kamen, Matt (August 2, 2017). "Dream Daddy review: subverting gay clichés with great writing". Wired UK. Archived from the original on December 6, 2017. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  12. ^ PC Gamer staff (December 8, 2017). "Games of the Year 2017: The nominees". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Adventure Game". IGN. December 20, 2017. Archived from the original on December 23, 2017. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  14. ^ Giant Bomb staff (December 28, 2017). "Game of the Year 2017 Day Four: Debut, New Characters, Story, and Styyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyle". Giant Bomb. Archived from the original on December 29, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
  15. ^ Giant Bomb staff (December 29, 2017). "Game of the Year 2017 Day Five: Best, Worst, Cast, and Capture". Giant Bomb. Archived from the original on December 30, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
  16. ^ Favis, Elise (January 9, 2018). "The 2017 Adventure Game Of The Year Awards". Game Informer. Archived from the original on January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  17. ^ Gaito, Eri (November 13, 2017). "Golden Joystick Awards 2017 Nominees". Best In Slot. Archived from the original on January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Nominee List for 2017". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Horizon wins 7; Mario GOTY". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018. 
  20. ^ McNeill, Andrew (January 31, 2018). "Here Are Your 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Finalists!". SXSW. Retrieved January 31, 2018. 
  21. ^ IGN Studios (March 17, 2018). "2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners Revealed". IGN. Retrieved March 18, 2018. 

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