The gameplay involves conversing with a selection of girls, attempting to increase their internal "love meter" through correct choices of dialogue.The game lasts for a fixed period of game time, such as one month or three years.The degree of sexual content varies, but may often include intercourse.Sexually explicit dating sims may fall into the category of H Game or Eroge.
Some original-English dating sims include Sim Girls, In a typical dating sim, the player controls a male avatar surrounded by female characters.
This can lead to confusion, as visual novels are considered a subgenre of adventure games and are not technically included in the dating sim genre.
While the two genres often share a common visual presentation, dating sims are sometimes considered to be more statistically based than the "choose your own adventure" style of visual novels.
One game series that often includes dating, with the goal of marriage, is the farming sim series Harvest Moon.
The subplot of dating is more focused towards choosing one of several girls or guys (dependent on the player character's gender) and offering them presents or joining them on events in the game.