For those who don't know, dating sims are relationship simulation games.Generally, your objective is to talk to a character so that you can get to know them, romance them and eventually date them.Dating sims are a video game subgenre of simulation games, usually Japanese, with romantic elements.
Dating simulation games like Hatoful Boyfriend most often take the form of visual novels, interactive text adventures with images and animations accompanying the branching story.
The most common objective of dating sims is to date, usually choosing from among several characters, and to achieve a romantic relationship.
A romantic simulation game (恋愛シミュレーションゲーム ren’ai shimyurēshon gēmu) in Japan, can involve several technical elements such as a time limit, several statistics such as looks and charm which can be boosted through exercise, or an “attraction meter” which can increase or decrease depending on one’s decisions.
There is also normally multiple characters to pick from, attraction/love meters, and time limits such as ___ amount of days/weeks to get a date.
Some dating sims even have a money/job system so that you can give your dates gifts.