Have you ever wanted to date a dragon? No…? What if the dragon was basically just an anime girl with dragon wings and the ability to vomit rainbows? Now we’re talking, right? In that case, Dragon Date (now on Kickstarter) has you covered, buddy.
Dragon Date is a visual novel about befriending, taking care of, and of course, dating dragons. Set roughly 15 years after a war between humans and dragons, you are a mercenary hired as a Dragon Caretaker. Your job? To take care of five anime dragon girls. You’ll assist in battles against various other dragon clans and the Holy Templar Order, a group of humans determined to hunt down and slay all of dragonkind. Who knows, you may even find romance along the way.
Well, okay, you’ll definitely find romance along the way. If you’ve ever played an anime dating sim before, you’ll know what to expect here. However, Dragon Date does change things up a bit by throwing in a combat system. As of right now, it’s nothing special, but the developers have already taken to the Steam Greenlight comments section to note that a more complex combat system will be in the final game.
While the demo seems short (I wouldn’t know for sure, I encountered a looping bug shortly after the combat sequence), the Kickstarter promises loads of features. Most noteworthy is the “Reactive Story”, which will adapt the game to your playstyle. For example, if you spend a lot of time exploring, the game will slow down pace and let you take your time. If you focus on one girl, the game will shift focus and railroad you towards that character’s endings. They also promise high-quality CG for the, uh, “important” scenes. You know the ones.
In the end, this all sounds like your run-of-the-mill visual novel dragon dating sim. If those are your jam, you can head over to Kickstarter and try out the free demo for yourself.