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This can be off-putting to some friends, so I usually warn them ahead -- you can always first check out the game’s demo to see if it’s right for you.And while their games seem cute, don’t let that fool you: the endings are bittersweet.In Nameless you play as a woman who likes to collect ball-joint dolls, and who recently lost the grandfather she grew up alone with.Generally you meet several characters, and will have to choose one to court.In Japan, dating sim characters are referred to as “capturable” -- whether that means you capture their hearts or their bodies depends on the game.
But I can’t recommend the i OS/Android port of the game, because of its atrocious, machine-like translation.