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 catch being, however, that if you choose love, you must forfeit your title as queen.The GBA version is a direct port of the Super Famicom version, and a bare-bones one at that.When the game ends, the player either loses the game if he failed to properly win over any of the girls, or "finishes" one of the girls, often by having sex with her, marrying her (as in Magical Date), and/or achieving eternal love.This gives the games more replay value, since the player can focus on a different girl each time, trying to get a different ending.
While bishōjo games make up the bulk of dating sims, other types of games exist.
Games where the player character is female and potential objects of affection are male are known as Gx B or otome games.
Homosexual relationships are also possible, as there are games with no specific gender lines ("all pairings").
, are a video game subgenre of simulation games, usually Japanese, with romantic elements.
They are also sometimes put under the category of neoromance.