What’s New Pussycat?
Dating sims have evolved over the years to where not only is there clear improvement in their overall presentation and narratives, but also less of a limit on what an audience is willing to accept. Specifically when it comes to ‘what’ players are willing to seduce over the course of these oftentimes hilarious games.
Now it appears that not even cats are safe, as Purrfect Date gives players the option to build a relationship of the romantic sort with one of six vastly different kitties.
According to an article with Eurogamer –
Move over Dream Daddy, there’s a new dating simulator in town and it’s considerably… furrier.
Purrfect Date is the adorable new six-chapter title from Bossa Studios’ Bae Team encompassing a visual novel, dating simulator and dark British comedy all in one meow-nificent game.
You play as a human who has been hired to conduct research on the mysterious Cat Island, alongside the eccentric Profession Pawpur. It’s not long before you realise there is much more to the island, and its feline residents, than meets the eye.
As you can imagine, Bae Team is made up of cat lovers… but they don’t love cats like that. Making sure the game was less sexual and more about intimacy was something which the team was very aware of. “We didn’t want it to be just beastiality”, said Ruby May Roberts, writer for Bae Team. “We wanted it to be more getting to know the cats than hitting on the cats.” It’s worth making clear – the game does not include sexual relations with its cats but rather, erm, heavy petting – nuzzling and snuggling.
Purrfect Date’s writing has a dry British wit reminiscent of shows like Blackadder and Father Ted. The game which could immediately be labelled as a creepy cat dating game, which is how I originally perceived it, has more layers than first appears. The story is certainly unique and well written, with adorable visuals.
Purrfect Date will be available on Steam this winter. For cat lovers, it’s something which may… get its claws in you.
Hey, if the likes of Hatoful Boyfriend can make us fall in love with pigeons then a game with dark British humour about sharing a few nuzzles with cats should be a breeze!
Be sure to check out the trailer for Purrfect Date below!