Yearning best dating simulators and dating games for Android
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Dating games are in a league all on their own. There are varying mechanics that range from visual novel to puzzle and all the way up to adventure and even gacha. Even so, at their core, they are simulators. This is one of the few genres where the content matters a bit more than the mechanics. Every good dating simulator lets you select and court a suitor to be your significant other. There are a variety of games in the genre, but most of them are actually pretty bad. Most are free to play with aggressive microtransaction strategies and obnoxious energy restrictions. Still, there are a few that stand out from the pack. Here are the best dating simulators for Android.

The best dating simulators for Android

The Arcana

Price: Free to play

The Arcana is a fairly standard dating simulator with some visual novel elements. The game contains a 21 episode storyline, various collectibles, and a decent number of people to romance. There is also an above average soundtrack, surprisingly decent game art, and you can earn in-game currency by watching ads instead of buying it. It’s LGBT friendly so you can romance whoever you want, the game doesn’t judge nor does it care. It’s a free-to-play game, but it’s easily one of the best in the genre for just about anybody.

Amnesia: Memories

Price: Free / $2.99 / $22.99

Amnesia Memories screenshot
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Amnesia: Memories is another dating simulator with visual novel elements. This one has a lot to offer. The characters all have voice actors, the stories are decent, and the art style is quite good. This one is an otome so it’s mostly for women. All of your dating choices are men so proceed with that knowledge in mind. It plays like most dating sims and visual novels so there are no surprises there and it’s quite easy to play. The base game is free. You can pay for individual episodes for $2.99 as in-app purchases or get all of them for $22.99 in a separate premium version (Google Play link).

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Genius Inc dating games

Price: Free to play

Sins of the Everlasting Twilight screenshot
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Genius Inc is a developer on Google Play with a bunch of dating simulators. Some of the more popular options include Yaoi Beast Boys, Mythical Hearts, and Twilight School. Most of their games have identical mechanics and UI elements but with different styles between games so we included all of them in a single entry on this list. You play through a story, romance the characters you want, make decisions that affect the outcome of the game, and generally just enjoy yourself. The stories are surprisingly decent. We especially like the trio of Attack of the Dead, Mall of the Dead, and University of the Dead. Most of them are free to play otome (for women) titles so there’s no upfront cost. We have the developer page linked up at the button so you can see their expensive collection.

Mr Love: Queen’s Choice

Price: Free to play

My Love: Queen’s Choice is a solid overall dating simulator. It features a storyline with four choices for your love interest. Admittedly, it’s a small number, but the game has a bit more visual novel and a little less dating sim than most of its competitors. That means there’s a larger focus on the story rather than the dating sim part of it. Still, it’s a fun little visual novel and dating sim hybrid with simple controls and a good UI. The only downside is you can only progress so far in a play session without spending real money, but otherwise it’s quite relaxing.

See also: The best life simulator games for Android

My Girlfriend series

Price: Free to play

My Rental Girlfriend screenshot
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The My Girlfriend series is technically by Genius. However, the other entry is mostly otome (geared toward women) while these are obviously geared toward men. Most of the games have identical mechanics and controls so you can pick the one that you think you’ll enjoy the most. The only difference among them is the story. These titles are visual novel and dating sim hybirds. That means fewer choices, but a more in-depth story. The free to play elements are a bit more aggressive in these titles than the otome ones, but most people don’t seem to mind. You can earn in-game currency through mini-games and other stuff if you want.

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Mystic Messenger

Price: Free to play

Mystic Messenger is a dating sim with a texting game twist. The main character finds and downloads the Mystic Messenger app and embarks on a journey to find a boyfriend. The story is a bit more shallow compared to most on the list, but the mechanics are simple and the micro-transactions are kept to a minimum. The only real gripe is that you can’t customize the main character to look like you so it breaks the immersion a little bit. Otherwise, it’s a solid entrant in the genre.

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Obey Me

Price: Free to play

Obey Me is one of the most popular dating simulators on Android. This one actually has quite a few mechanics. There are various tasks to complete, seven dudes to choose from, and even a card dueling mechanic. The card dueling part is a little bit difficult once you get to higher levels, but the game is friendly enough with a decent enough story to keep you going while you grind it out. The developers obviously put a lot into this one and even the developer replies in Google Play are playful and goofy. It’s an otome so it’s not really for dudes, but it’s hard to not like this one.

The Sims Mobile

Price: Free to play

The Sims is one of the most popular life simulators ever and the mobile game is quite popular as well. You live the life of a fake person you create and that includes all aspects of that life, including dating. This is a life simulator more than a dating sim but a lot of the same stuff is there minus the story. There are also a lot of quests and other stuff to keep the players engaged. It’s a bit heavy on micro-transactions but otherwise it’s pretty fun. Some people prefer The Sims FreePlay (Google Play link) over this one. You can go with the one you like most.

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Yearning: A Gay Story

Price: Free

Yearning: A Gay Story (YAGS for short) is a mix between a dating sim and a slice of life game. You play the main character in his first year of college. You make decisions about coming out of the closet, to who, and when. There is a cast of characters and you can romance with four of them. Plus, there is a a ton of dialog (over 230,000 lines), collectibles to obtain, and more. It’s definitely a diamond in the rough pick for a list like this, but you don’t see many dating sims like this one.


Price: Free / Varies

DraStic best Nintendo DS emulators for Android

Dating simulators are on a bunch of different consoles and the genre has evolved over time. You can play older games in the genre with emulators. We recommend a Nintendo DS one first and we have DraStic DS Emulator linked at the button below. We have a list of the best emulators for various systems here as well. Basically, you can look up dating sims on older systems, obtain the ROMs (legally, of course), and play. Older console games have the benefit of not having micro-transactions so you get everything without paying extra and some of the classics are actually pretty good.

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If we missed any great Android dating games or dating simulators, tell us about them in the comments. You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists.