Other romance sims charge players to purchase virtual goods, but Voltage hooks the player with potboiler story lines, stopping at cliffhangers and requiring a payment to go on.
"You won’t purchase clothes or coins or whatnot," says Shino Imao, spokesperson for Voltage.
So if you don't fancy reading a romantic novel or watching a chick flick, you might enjoy a new kind of digital escapism by playing an "Otome" romantic dating simulator mobile gaming app.
Today, there are a ton of other simulator games besides The Sims, especially in terms of dating.
Not only do dating simulators give you the chance to interact with people from all over the world, but they can also help you improve your communication and overall dating skills.
"It’s more like you sit down and immerse yourself in a love story." A love story that often ends up with cartoon men taking their shirts off, that is.
Voltage titles are pretty tame, but the erotic, escapist themes parallel those found in romance novels.
Or — if you’re more into fantasy games — you can play Knights and Brides and duel other players online.