It’s a Daddy Kind of World: A Game Review of Dream Daddy

When I first heard about this game, I was all for it. Between the animation and the artwork, I was more than intrigued. From the youthful dialogue that’s in-trend, to the good looking, “feel-good” dads with their sometimes-likable children, it seemed mesmerizing.

The game quickly downloaded, and as I began venturing the world of being a dad and dating other dads, I was in too deep.

The likable dialogue between my daughter and I quickly consumed most of my mind. I found myself texting my friends about the precious moments in the game, and whining about the times when I said the wrong things and caused a decrease in a relationship. The witty one-liners and cheesy jokes are essential in this game. The game developers know their audience very well, enough to realize what kind of sense of humor is relevant to teenagers and millennials. It was executed very well.

The quick dynamic and chemistry between characters allowed this dating simulator to be authentic. What it lacked, however, was the details of the dads' perspectives. That insight is what originally got me hooked on traditional gal-games/dating simulators; after all, the factor of getting to know a person is what makes a game more humane than just clicks and sound effects.

Dream Daddy created idealistic characters: rugged gangster, church dad, barista bro, college buddy, English teacher, warm ginger dad, and vampire goth. In just a few short days after the game's release, Robert, Joseph, Mat, Craig, Hugo, Brian and Damien, the seven horsemen of this game, attracted a crazed fan base. There was fan work all over Twitter and Tumblr. This phenomenon led to more and more people discovering this game, allowing for a cult following to cultivate.

The game is popular because of its likable jokes and relatable characters. More importantly, though, the developers understand their audience and consumers. After the game release, with high interaction on social media well-structured marketing, and a phenomenal game experience, the cult following is well received and well deserved.

By Wen Hsiao

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