Flash dating sims for girls
Because of the fact that they're relatively easy to make, dating sims have been created by many indie designers.Visual novel creation platforms such as Ren'Py and Novelty exist and are designed for people with minimal experience coding.Hatoful Boyfriend is a parody of the dating sim genre.
Popularized by a Let's Play on the website Quarter to Three, Hatoful Boyfriend took the Internet by storm, as shown by a massive amount of fanart and fanblogs on sites such as Tumblr and Pixiv, and helped bring dating sims back into the public consciousness.
While the genre started in the 1980s, arguably the first dating sim to make it big is Tokimeki Memorial, first released for the PC in 1994. Due to its popularity, the game been remade multiple times (Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With You, Tokimeki Memorial: Densetsu no Ki no Shita de, etc.) and has been ported to multiple systems (Game Boy Color, Play Station, Super Famicom, mobile phones, PSP).
There have been multiple spin-offs (such as puzzle games) and multiple adaptations (such as an anime, Tokimeki Memorial Only Love.) Aspects of dating sims have been transferred into modern non-dating sim games.
Other options are flash games, which are less focused on characterization and are hosted on websites such as Newgrounds.
Newgrounds has two main dating sim pages: an all ages one and a page for adult games, found under the "Adult Features" collection instead of the "Games" tab.