Romantic dating sim for girls
In a writing sense I mean, they sure blew up after that first one, and the production quality was so much higher.
I appreciate that Umineko is good(I really liked the anime adaptation of Higurashi, though I've heard Umineko's anime is pretty bad), so I'll keep it in mind but it's not what I'm looking for right quality games that I liked a lot and that are free: emily is away and love is strange.
I only have limited experience with these titles, didn't finish them, but they are highly regarded and easily available on Steam or other official channels.
And again Sakura Wars: So Long My Love and Majikoi are very good (and Majikoi's fan translation is complete).
I don't have a ton of experience with visual novels, but I have zero with the stats type.
In that case you may want to try The Fruit of Grisaia, Muv-Luv, or maybe ef.
Are these actually what I'm looking for or are they subversive, short indie stuff that wear the guise of dating visual novels but are more about taking the piss?
When I think about it, I haven't actually played that many dating sims, besides Katawa Shoujo, which I liked, but it sounds like you weren't digging. I don't know how much of a dating sim it is beyond (I'm guessing) selecting which route you want to go down, but it is highly regarded.
Love is Strange kinda makes me laugh, I did play and like Life is Strange alright, but it's pretty funny that someone wrote a fanfic VN about just the girls going to the school, including the murder victim it seems. Steins; Gate might be cool, I loved the anime adaptation of that too.
I suppose it's entirely the same plot but with alternate routes for all the girls Okabe has to help out after he messes up the timeline?
When you say "dating sim" do you mean something like Tokimeki Memorial or Love Plus where you build up stats in order to date a girl or are you looking for a visual novel where you can date different girls?
I think a visual novel is more my jam, but I'd be open for straight up dating sims if that's where the good stuff is.
Steins; Gate might be cool, I loved the anime adaptation of that too.