Video game magazines that I read regularly would cover Japanese imports and niche titles, but dating sims were merely a curiosity and nothing more. The games industry has grown exponentially and modern gamers are interested in titles beyond the scope of the action, shooting and role-playing genres.We've been seeing stronger interest in PC gaming lately, and we have the rise of Steam to thank for this.
Saki is hurled into a suspense-filled mystery, where her uncle is held hostage, and she’s determined to save him in a theme park that’s about to blow.
There’s even a variety of magazines, books and drama CDs for dedicated fans who wish to complete their Clannad collection.
Clannad’s visual appeal is immediately apparent; the beautifully illustrated cast of characters and backgrounds are impressive.
But don’t let that put you off, as this still ranks as one of those dating simulation games you need to check out.
You’ll assume the role of Aoi who was formerly a member of a cycling club at his previous school, but after injuring his legs he retires and heads back to his hometown.
It was developed by Key and initially launched on Windows PCs back in 2004, selling incredibly well.