This can lead to confusion, as visual novels are considered a subgenre of adventure games and are not technically included in the dating sim genre.While the two genres often share a common visual presentation, dating sims are sometimes considered to be more statistically based than the "choose your own adventure" style of visual novels.
Dating simulation games started gaining popularity in Japan during the 90's.
They enjoy a healthy fandom, but many acclaimed titles remain in their native Japanese—frustrating, because romance and relationship games are more popular than ever.
Lots of players get turned onto these aspects from story and character-driven Bio Ware games like Dragon Age, and if you’re a fan of those, I have a few recommendations to help welcome you into the otome genre.
I present to you the top ten bishoujo games that have been commercially released in English for your enjoyment.
***note: While making this list I had to consider many different things, including whether or not I wanted to include games that have visual novel elements like Persona or the Ace Attorney Series.