Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is an indie dad-dating visual novel developed and published by the Game Grumps; written by Vernon Shaw and Leighton Gray and directed by Tyler J. Hutchison. The game allows players to create their own custom Dad and enter the world of Maple Bay, in which he and his daughter Amanda Ann move into the cul-de-sac filled with dateable Dads. The game was released in July 20, 2017, pushed back by its prior dates due to bug fixes post-production.

Gameplay and StoryEdit

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Story and CharactersEdit

Moving into the Maple Bay cul-de-sac, a single father and his daughter Amanda adjust to their new home, being introduced to the dads and kids that live there. They include:


During his time spent as a talent manager for Maker Studios, co-creator and co-writer Vernon Shaw came with the idea for the game from a joke shared with other co-creator Leighton Gray about dads visiting Disneyland, and further inspiration from the visual novel Hatoful Boyfriend. Development began after Shaw's proposal to Arin Hanson, which was immediately approved. In autumn of 2016, director Tyler Hutchison and narrative designer Jory Griffis were hired.

Though the original plan for the game's release was for Father's Day 2017, it was proven to be too difficult; instead, a teaser trailer was released on June 18, 2017. On July 14, 2017, the release date was delayed due to last-minute bugs, pushing it to July 20, 2017. A "Dadrector's Cut," including sidequests and minigames, was released on October 30, 2018.


The game received "mixed or average" ratings on some gaming review sites.


Year Award Category Result Ref.
2017 Golden Joystick Awards Best Indie Game Nominated [1]
PC Game of the Year Nominated
Breakthrough Award (Game Grumps) Nominated
2018 National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards Game, Special Class Nominated [2][3]
SXSW Gaming Awards Trending Game of the Year Nominated [4][5]

Comic BooksEdit

Main article: Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book

On August 29, 2018, it was announced that Oni Press acquired the rights to publish comics based on the visual novel game and that the first issue was available through ComiXology and other digital stores.[6]



  1. Golden Joystick Awards 2017 Nominees - Best In Slot
  2. Nominee List for 2017 | National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviews Corperation
  3. Mario Wins GOTY; Horizon Wins 7 | National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviews Corperation
  4. 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Finalists | SXSW Gaming Festival
  5. Here are the 2018 SXSW Gamer's Voice Awards Winners - IGN
  6. Surprise! Dream Daddy Comics are Available Right Now From Oni Press

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