Dad Tip #53: Pet every dog.
Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator, published and developed by Game Grumps, is exactly what you didn’t know you needed. However, the ‘game’ isn’t all hot dads and eggplants, it does have its downfalls as well.
The game opens with a surprisingly catchy theme song that I found myself singing for a few days following my play-through. After selecting ‘New Game’ you better be ready for some serious dad customisation and honestly this is where I had some of the most fun. The customisation options are limited but incredibly fun to play around with. At first, I wasn’t sure what kind of dad I wanted to make but once I saw the hair I couldn’t help myself. I made Goku (shown below). After mucking around for what was probably way longer than necessary, I managed to create my dad. I then sent ‘Chip Strongjaw’ off into a new chapter of his life.
Chip was spoiled for choice with the amount of dad meat available to him at his new location. Ranging from the bro you roomed with in college, an obnoxious lumberjack and a borderline vampire. The story is surprisingly good, each character clearly has their own personality, demeanour and backstory (however there a lot of single dads with young daughters in Maple Bay). I also enjoyed the mini games way too much. The small sample size that I was able to experience was the perfect thing to break the monstrous amount of text that Dream Daddy throws at you. My favourite mini-game was the Pokémon-esque daughter bragging battle between your dad and Brian.
I found myself engaged most of the time and wanting to know how it would pan out or what would have happened if I had chosen another option. Although, on multiple occasions I found myself wanting to skip substantial portions of dialogue. The story can drag on, seemingly giving you important plot information but in reality is actually just filler dialogue. There is an overwhelming amount of text that you will need to consume to get immersed. Which leads me to argue that this isn’t a game and instead should be categorised as a visual novel. Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator has very little interactivity and for me personally it needed to involve a great deal more.
Dad Tip #1: Don’t forget to floss every day.
All-in-all, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is an entertaining way to spend an afternoon. The characters are all likeable in their own manner, the art is great to look at and the story will keep you engaged for as long as you attention span can muster. Earlier versions of the game have been said to have a lot of bugs and typos, however since picking up the game I hadn’t noticed any spelling errors or game crashing bugs. If you can handle the large amount of text that is coming your way then you should have no problem helping your dad stumble through this awkward stage of his life. But I will warn, if you can’t stand dad jokes you should probably sit for this game.