However, this was never the case in other parts of the world.
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.
What’s even cooler is that Saki happens to be the niece of famous Japanese video game designer - Keiji Inafune.
Well, considering that Comcept co-developed this title, it’s easy to make the connection.
So much so, that it was ported to other platforms and also received anime, manga, and film adaptations.
There’s even a variety of magazines, books and drama CDs for dedicated fans who wish to complete their Clannad collection.
A bevy of 2D hotties are waiting for us to make the right move.
Let's see if we've got what it takes to establish fulfilling relationships with them with the best dating simulation games out there!
If you’re even mildly interested in dating simulation games, then there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Clannad.
It was developed by Key and initially launched on Windows PCs back in 2004, selling incredibly well.
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.
But she’ll also encounter the other men who she may end up saving, and even, developing a deeper bond with.
Clannad’s visual appeal is immediately apparent; the beautifully illustrated cast of characters and backgrounds are impressive.