RED Virtual Date
This free online simulation dating game is affiliated with America Online (AOL). It is aimed toward younger players (teens and up) and is a "clean" game. The game allows users to select their gender and the gender of their desired date. The next choice is a set of meeting places for the first encounter, including the beach, the university and a music store. The player then chooses from a selection of potential dates. Based on an interactive exchange between the player and the date, the outcome is either another encounter with a chance to develop closer ties, or the end of the game (if the potential date is not interested).
Speed Dating is a free online game offered by Addicting Games. The player enters a first name and age, both of which can be fictitious, and chooses a gender. It is a "clean" game targeted toward adults. The game progresses through a series of brief interactive encounters with potential dates. The dates represent a series of types (actually stereotypes) of people such as preppies, hipsters and 1960s flower children. The outcome of each encounter is either a score (the date offers you a phone number) or a failure, with the potential date pronouncing you a loser.
The Sims: Hot Date
Hot Date is an expansion pack for the popular Sims live-action animated game by Maxis (through EA). The setting for Hot Date is primarily located "downtown," with a player's main Sim character avatar encountering one or more "townies" or inviting a current romantic interest on a venture downtown. The Sim character and his or her date have a choice of several activities, including dinner or going to the beach. The player generates continued interest by performing acts that are pleasing to the date; these either relate to an interest of the character or are actions like buying flowers. Hot Date is an adult game, with the potential for blurred-out R-rated encounters (called "woo hoo") between the player's Sim character and one or more characters not controlled by the player.
Downloadable Dating Simulation Games
The CNET.com website features a range of downloadable dating simulation games. These include titles like Alphinator, designed as instructions for picking up women; Wings II Fragments of You, a visual novel where the player becomes a character; and Summer Schoolgirls, a game targeted toward girls where the player attempts to help out her in-game roommate. Some games are rated by both CNET.com editors and users, some only by users and others (often the newest games) are not rated at all.