While all Zynga games are social, this game is more of a dating app than anything Zynga has yet done.
Users will want to feather their nests to attract friends over to hang out, and there is an option, when talking with an on-screen character, to click over to see their real-world Facebook profile.
The answer for frustrated females may lie in the emerging mobile phone romance/otome app genre, which is currently flourishing in Japan.
After all, why waste your tears on a guy who doesn’t text you back when you can have your very own virtual boyfriend living in your phone?
Gray says that The Ville doesn't yet use the matchmaking system, but it may in the future, and it will be opt-in. The romantic relationship channel is just a small part of it." I concede the point that there's plenty more you can do in the app and that The Ville is not a dating app per se.
After all, you must have heard of Hatoful Boyfriend by now, which technically falls into the “female-oriented dating sim” category.
(Only with a bit more pigeons than usual.) Let’s take a look at just a couple of the many romance apps being shown at Tokyo Game Show this year! There was even an interactive event with cute guys playing roles inspired by the game!
The technical definition of a dating simulation game, known as a romantic simulation game in Japan, can involve several technical elements such as a time limit, several statistics such as looks and charm which can be boosted through exercise, or an "attraction meter" which can increase or decrease depending on one's decisions.
Some original-English dating sims include Sim Girls, In a typical dating sim, the player controls a male avatar surrounded by female characters.