Dream Daddy review – Polygon

Daddy kink is very real, but online it’s reached certified meme status. Teens tweet “fuck me, daddy” to the Pope. Brands join in on the fun. Daddy is sort of synonymous with fuckable in this, the year of our lord 2017.

And now, there’s Dream Daddy — a game custom-built to satisfy the internet’s unquenchable thirst for memes taken to their logical extreme. In this case, that extreme is a dating sim where you can play a dad who dates other dads. And the most surprising thing about it is that it isn’t a joke at all.

In Dream Daddy, you play a customizeable single dad who’s moving to a cul-de-sac in the city of Maple Bay. This new neighborhood is entirely populated by dads, and they are dads who want to date you. There are seven romanceable fathers in total, hitting on a broad variety of archetypes. Whether you’re after a sweet coffee-shop hipster, or a dangerous (or is he just misunderstood?) gruff stranger, you’ll find a man who hits the spot for you.


Game Grumps/via Polygon

The danger with Dream Daddy was that it could’ve been a goof on queer players. The game could easily have had nothing more to say than “The internet thinks dads dating dads is hot, and that’s hilarious.”

Instead what developer (and popular YouTube channel) Game Grumps delivered is a game that actually fleshes out its characters, treats their problems with respect and is genuinely funny to boot. Dream Daddy isn’t just the same “fuck me, Daddy,” joke over and over. It’s a genuinely competent dating sim geared to welcome a queer audience.

The writers chose to gently lampoon dad culture, instead of making the existence of gay dads the butt of the joke. In an early part of the game, my character met another dad at the park, and we began to talk about our daughters. The screen blinked, tinny…

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