Just some thoughts on DDADDS now that the “hype” has quieted down
Dream Daddy feels like more of a proof of concept than a fully-fledged dating simulator. And even then, with the structure of the game is more like a visual novel than a dating game. The fact that each character only has three dates reminded me of the support system in Fire Emblem games. The characters have three normal/friendly conversations, then suddenly they’re romantic, then they’re married. The actual “romance” aspect of DDADDS seems limited and there doesn’t seem to be enough time to get to know everyone.
Also, I feel like the devs didn’t really know what they wanted to do…
They wanted to make a dating game but gave the player little choice to really be “romantic” and outright made one character un-datable.
They wanted to make the game humorous and light-hearted but also wanted to include a violent “edgy” twist ending.
They wanted to have a good-sized cast but some characters are obviously more fleshed out than others.
They wanted to make a positive game for the LGBT community but included content and themes that, although were cut, are still triggering to those who have been around such environments.
They wanted to make characters that represent a commonly ignored minority group, single gay fathers with families, one of whom is a transgender man, and one of whom is outwardly religious; yet they either only dip their toe into the deeper issue or avoid it altogether. And I’m all for having a purely positive game that offers a sort of escapism from the issues in the real world, the player is still punished for having casual sex and trying to resolve a failing marriage, a marriage where its problems are likely due to the religious background of the two characters.
They made things too complicated and refused to delve deeper into the very themes they brought up, and that bit them in the ass.
Dream Daddy was a fun game, I’ve already spent 9 hours in it and I plan to spend more. But it also has so much missed potential that I really hope it is either expanded upon and fixed in a sequel/DLC or at least inspires other LGBT creators to make their own games and learn from the mistakes in Dream Daddy.