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Dream Daddy Review – Hot Dads and Hot Takes

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is the most grounded men who love men visual novel I have ever played.

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Developer: Game Grumps
Publisher: Game Grumps
Release Date: July 19th, 2017
Platforms: PC
Platform Reviewed on: PC, game was purchased as a gift from a third party.

Weeks before this game came out, hearing Game Grumps was making a dad dating game made me worried as a trans queer, assuming it was going to be a joke.  Hearing it was actually by people who are LGBTQ+ eased my mind. Playing it, as someone who has past trauma, but trying to work from it, there really isn’t much you have to worry about, and is dealt with in a positive way. As an escape from real life, it’s nice and cute, but it’s still grounded and real.

Even, if you’re unhappy with the game, the Dream Daddy team seem more than happy to adapt and adjust. Before the game was out, you were forced to have your partner be a women, and Amanda be your biological daughter. When the game came out on Wednesday, not only in the character creator, you can be transgender, wearing a chest binder with the hair pattern, being different as well. As well, Amanda’s other parent, Alex, can now be either male or female and no matter what, Amanda can either be your adopted or biological daughter.

The writing is mostly great, filled with jokes, and cute moments, and emotionally filled moments that feel grounded in real life. While you never have that awkward conversation of “oh yeah I’m gay by the way”, it just feels like I’m around other people like me, without having to explain myself and prepare for rejection. There’s also a transgender dad (who’s also voiced by a trans man) in the mix, that just drops that he wears binders comfortably. The game doesn’t make a big deal that he’s trans, because it’s not and doesn’t change your relationship with him. I’ve been seeing that it’s “not enough”, but I don’t think that it’s needed, especially because the wrong words could make transgender people uncomfortable. Also all the children characters are great, cute and well written, not annoying or boring like other games.

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Now something I don’t like is the mircogames. I just feel some of them were very confusing, they don’t tell you the controls before you go into them. There’s one that tells you as you play, which is an obvious match three game, but with really similar fish. There’s also little warning for the microgames, except for a very long loading screen, that just feels like the game breaks.

There’s also a dad in the game that, it feels like there isn’t a good route for, that anytime I would try to change what I said, I couldn’t change the outcome. Considering the situation, it involves a third party that you can’t really change, it’s understandable, but it feels bad that you can’t really actually date him. There’s another dad that has a pretty bad route, that once you start, you have a choice that puts you on the bad route and you can’t change it. It just feels like you’re locked in, and yells at you for your decision, but doesn’t give you a second chance.

Also, the game casually writes off a married woman (as one of the very few women that appears in the game), as an abusive (to her husband and children), alcoholic, nasty person, without giving much room to redeem herself, other than she’s sassy sometimes; the worst part is that it’s supposed to be your motivation to date her husband. In my opinion, if the woman and her husband in question, had a healthy relationship, and you could still date her husband, as a polyamorous relationship, it would be more interesting than being the side guy, and really nice to see a positive poly relationship.

Dream Daddy is a a really good game for when it’s being what it’s supposed to be, when its not, it feels confusing and clunky. I hope the Dream Daddy team makes further improvements to the game, and possibly more content in the future.

Pros:

  • Inclusive thoughtful towards the men in the game
  • Great character designs
  • Mostly great writing

Cons:

  • Microgames
  • Writing on some routes
  • Once on a certain route, cannot get off of them without restarting

 

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