The following options will make a huge difference: Any of the above could conceivably be crossdressers.
Any of them could have one or more transgendered people or bifauxnen as potential love interests.
Generally you meet several characters, and will have to choose one to court.
Tools like multiple save slots, quick-save features, and the ability to skip text and rewind help players efficiently pursue every potential partner character and reveal every story path.
It’s like backwards-engineering a narrative database -- and you may be surprised to find how much the story changes when you focus on a different partner each time. Hakuoki is a period piece, taking place in the Bakumatsu period of Japan at the time of civil unrest between the Emperor and the Shogun.
The English-speaking Ren Ai Game community has too many examples of games which only had demos, or which never amounted to more than ambitious plans.
The second decision which will shape your game: Who is your main character, and what is their sexuality?
Instead, write a few scenes, or get some of your gameplay to work.
Then set a realistic deadline for yourself, and don't change it.
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 ( 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.
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