While the two genres often share a common visual presentation, dating sims are sometimes considered to be more statistically based than the "choose your own adventure" style of visual novels.
The technical definition of a dating simulation game, known as a romantic simulation game in Japan, can involve several technical elements such as a time limit, several statistics such as looks and charm which can be boosted through exercise, or an "attraction meter" which can increase or decrease depending on one's decisions.
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The game lasts for a fixed period of game time, such as one month or three years.
Under the sea, the mermaid princess wakes up to the sounds of her crying merbaby, the little girl needs to be bottle fed so she can go back to sleep. Super Sparkle is here to save the day, but even superheroes have bad hair days and she needs your help to give her a hairstyle makeover.
The term "dating sim" is also often used incorrectly in English as a generic term for romance-driven games (ren'ai games), a subject matter which is stereotypically associated with the visual novel genre.
This can lead to confusion, as visual novels are considered a subgenre of adventure games and are not technically included in the dating sim genre.