There’s no teasing about my relationship within the otherwise snarky and playful dynamic, never any reference to the social implications of two gay dads dating within such a small community, and no admission by the game’s world that either homophobia or queer culture and challenges exist.As a result, Dream Daddy is wholesome and somehow devoid of social politics that plague the lives of all queer people.
But as such, the relationships it portrays ring false.
Regardless of how sweet they are in the end, ignoring the stories of self-acceptance, overcoming social adversity and ultimately being willing to share those experiences with each other means Dream Daddy’s love stories fall short of a true gay experience.
Conversations that follow help paint a picture of their history, indicating whether they’re gay or bisexual, as well as hint at how a daughter came into one’s life, whether by adoption, surrogate or a pregnancy.
All these details make Dream Daddy an incredibly diverse game, one that puts a spotlight on different types of people and families all within the confines of the cul-de-sac it takes place in.
After a failed attempt at wooing the rugged, emotionally-constipated Robert, my first romantic endeavor in Dream Daddy that actually made its way to the true ending was with the adversarial Brian.
My relationship with him was one of rivalry at first, with us competing in sports, parental achievements and even carnival games.
"Teacher Dad," "Goth Dad," "Bad Dad." You can ask any one of them if you can borrow a feeling.
From the Steam page: "you play as a Dad and your goal is to meet and romance other hot Dads." You're a dad and you've just moved to a small neighborhood where, by coincidence, everyone else is also "a single, dateable Dad." Dads abound in .
By choosing different options the story progresses into different endings, much like other games Jack has played such as the Henry Stickmin Series and Until Dawn.