In fact, pornographic dating sims are a sharp minority in commercial dating games.
While the genre started in the 1980s, arguably the first dating sim to make it big is Tokimeki Memorial, first released for the PC in 1994. Due to its popularity, the game been remade multiple times (Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With You, Tokimeki Memorial: Densetsu no Ki no Shita de, etc.) and has been ported to multiple systems (Game Boy Color, Play Station, Super Famicom, mobile phones, PSP).
Newgrounds has two main dating sim pages: an all ages one and a page for adult games, found under the "Adult Features" collection instead of the "Games" tab.
The adult games page is easily more popular, with some games reaching views in the millions.
There have been multiple spin-offs (such as puzzle games) and multiple adaptations (such as an anime, Tokimeki Memorial Only Love.) Aspects of dating sims have been transferred into modern non-dating sim games.
Modern games have optional "social link" features, where you can build up relationships between supporting characters granting different benefits.
The Tokimeki Franchise is most notable for introducing the "bomb" feature.
This leads to Multiple Endings, though some Dating Sims make it possible to see several of these "endings" in a single playthrough.Upgrading a character's social rank unlocks cutscenes where character pursue romantic relationships or improve their friendships.A higher social rank also means that characters will give each other better benefits (higher dodge rate and higher attack skill, for example), with the S rank as the highest.If it feels like you're playing an RPG, trying to keep track of everyone's feelings about you and giving out presents, that's a Dating Sim.In recent years, there have been many Role Playing Games that incorporate dating sim elements.These are often found in Tactical RPG games, where unlocking a social link can boost certain stats.For example: in Fire Emblem: Awakening, pairing up two units in battle improves their relationship, which can grant "rank" upgrades in the Social menu.Through cut-scenes, their relationships improve as the characters climb up ranks, culminating in S rank, which is only unlockable with two characters of the opposite sex and which enables them to marry.Because of the fact that they're relatively easy to make, dating sims have been created by many indie designers.In order to woo a suitor and get the "good ending," the player needs to pick the best choice out of multiple options (usually two to three) that reflects the suitor's personality.Picking the wrong choice can have the meter decrease, potentially harming the player, depending on the game.