Review: Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
What’s up my roundtable, my name is Excaliber596 and why am I
doing this? Please tell me, why am I writing this review? It’s a game made
by the Game Grumps, and if you are subscribed to their channel on
Youtube (myself included) or even know who they are, you’re probably just
gonna play it anyway just for the expectation of out of control laughter.
However, this was the first thing I could think of to review until I finish my
next 3DS game review, so here we go I guess.
Dream Daddy is a dating simulator voiced and created by the people
at Game Grumps and many other noticeable Youtubers and internet voice
actors including Natewantstobattle, Erin Schmafeld of Hot Pepper Gaming,
and according to the game, a pig named Chris P. Bacon. I am not kidding,
the credits list one of the main love interests as a pig named Chris P.
Bacon, but this is absolutely no surprise if you know the creators. And as
the name of the game suggests, the game is about dating dads.
You start off by creating your character, which is immediately
hilarious as you find out the customizability of your character. You can
dress up to be any of the cast of Game Grumps including Arin Hanson’s
highlighted brown hair, Danny’s Ninja Sex Party outfit, and you can even
dress up as Goku from Dragon Ball Z. Why they included this? I don’t
know. Did I question it as I played through the game as a dad named
Godad with Goku hair, a stunning beard, and glasses? Not in the slightest.
The story begins with you, a single Dad, and your sarcastic daughter
Amanda, a high school student trying to find her dream college, moving
from their old town in Maple Bay to a cul de sac in a small town. While in
this town, you meet multiple other dads, most of them single, whom you
have the capability to romance. Being a game made by comedians, the
dialogue is filled with “so terrible it’s funny” dad jokes and dad acts that
keep you laughing the entire playthrough. There’s plenty of dad’s to choose
from, each with their own fleshed out stories and personalities that make
them just plain fun to get to know and hang around with. There’s a dad that
is in constant competition with you on who’s the best dad, a dad that runs
the sports at school, a dad that’s also your daughter’s teacher, even a dad
who basically wants to be a vampire. Yeah, this game’s weird, but in the
way that’s fun to explore.
Once you’ve moved into your house and begin meeting the other
dads, you are forced by your daughter to join Dadbook, in order to make
friends in this new town because you’re antisocial and don’t like actually
talking to people. Finally, a game that GETS me. Every day, you can go on
Dadbook and invite one of the seven dads to go on an outing with you and
gain up to three hearts. You can go on as many dates with as many dads
as you’d like as long as you don’t obtain all three hearts. Once you gain the
third heart, you throw a barbeque in celebration of Amanda’s going off to
college, and based on your performance on each of the three dates you
find out whether you and that dad begin a romantic relationship or not.
Each date is different depending on which dad you’re with. The first date is
comprised of some dialogue with you and the dad, with your choice of
actions increasing or decreasing your score. The second date has one of
many minigames based on the situation. One dad has you avoiding people
in the crowds of a moshpit at a concert, another has you trying to find a lost
stuffed animal for their baby, a Pokemon parody, and many other games
that are pretty fun to play through to keep the game new and interesting.
The third date is where you try your best to romance the dad. If you do well
enough on all three dates, you get a good ending with that dad, if not, you
get a bad ending with that dad.
As you go through the story of the game, it gets surprisingly real as
you and your daughter continue to interact. Every night after your outing
with a dad, you come home to your very loving daughter Amanda, who
you’ve had a strong bond with since the beginning of the game. You two
mess with each other and talk smack in a way that makes your bond seem
genuine and it’s an absolute pleasure to watch and to experience. It’s
actually heartmoving to see her go through the problems of living the life of
a teenager about to go to college, leaving her cool dad and her friends
behind to start her new life, along with the loss of your wife/husband (your
choice) before the game’s start. None of these details were expected from
a game made from a meme and it’s a very welcome inclusion.
Dream Daddy is a hilarious title with plenty of surprises and dad jokes
around every corner. It’s fleshed out characters and laugh-your- butt-off
dialogue makes this game a memorable experience for any fan of dating
simulators or the good-ol Grumps as it’s one of the best games in the
genre. Not that I’ve ever played any dating sims to compare it to, cause
that would be weird, right? Hahaha. Haha. ha. O-O. For this and much
more Excaliber596 gives this game a