50 Best Games of 2017: #8 – Dream Daddy

Dream Daddy

Developer: Game Grumps
Publisher: Game Grumps
Platform(s): PC, Mac

Our 50 best games of 2017 countdown isn’t in any order, we’re just going through fifty of the finest the year has given us. Find out more here.

Dream Daddy was less of a surprise hit and more of a surprise announcement. No one would’ve thought that the Game Grumps would make a gay Dad dating simulator, but they did, and it’s great fun. The main problem that it has is that it’s too short, but the gameplay and story are really fun, plus, it has replay value thanks to the cool minigames (except for Brian’s ones) and quirky characters. It even has a theme song that’s way catchier than it has any right to be.

Essentially, all you’d need to know is that Dream Daddy is a gay dating simulator that stays away from token characters and stereotyping, as well as the fact that you need to be prepared for an overload of dad jokes. That’s probably an important point. If you hate dad jokes (as in really can’t stand them, not “they’re so bad, I groan every time, but they’re kinda funny”) then this game isn’t the right one for you. However, if you’re not homophobic, have a sense of humor and don’t mind cheesy music, Dream Daddy is the game for you.

You meet the respective Dads through a dating site, although you have the chance to meet and sleep with Robert before even being on the platform, even if that lets you not properly get together with him via the dating site anymore. He sees you as just another fling instead of someone who wants to really stick with him through the good times and the bad, which is another one of the subtleties that makes the game enjoyable.

One of the best parts of the game is the relationship you have with your daughter, Amanda, who is one of the funniest and nicest daughters a father could ever wish to have, especially because she’s really supportive of her father. Seeing as her mother/father died in an accident (you can choose if you adopted Amanda or if you’re her real father), you two have been in the same boat for a while, which is why she knows how to cheer you up, and also how to help you find someone new.

The different dads range from an uber-nerd who’s really into Victorian era decorations and clothing (and apparently also into Naruto X Sasuke fanfiction), to a teacher at your local school, to the guy who was your best friend in college and had the glow-up everyone wishes for. There are even more dads to be dated and each of them has a distinct route and personality.

Dream Daddy is a highly diverse game for dads and not-dads of all ages. If you’re looking for a new fun game to waste time with, “Hi, looking for a new fun game to waste time with!”. Everything from the music to the vibrant and bursting art style is so full of life, just like the characters themselves. It’s hard to not love the Dads in Dream Daddy, although everyone has their own preferences. Before you ask, though, no, there’s no ending where you get all the dads. Only one per ending. Make up your mind or you’ll end up like the quiz guy.

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