Heartwarming and occasionally grim, this spooky interactive narrative is a great way to spend an evening. Content warnings: death, murder (no graphic violence, but a bit unsettling). 4/5 stars - excellent.
Speed Dating for Ghosts
A downloadable dating sim for Windows and macOS
Speed Dating for Ghosts is a weird lil' narrative game about speed dating ghosts by Ben Gelinas (Control, Dragon Age, Mass Effect) and Mikey Hamm (Mikey Maybe, Slugblaster, Glig).
As a lonely specter looking for love in the afterlife, you attend a speed dating event and chat up a cemetery's worth of phantoms, wraiths, and poltergeists. At the end of the spooky mixer, choose your favorite! They'll take you out to all the best haunts: old folks' homes, creepy houses with new owners... Maybe solving a murder is your idea of a good time. Or robbing a bank. Ghosts are into all sorts of things
- With the added expansion, meet and date twelve ghosts plus a bonus ghost if you're really committed
- Deep, branching conversations with markedly different outcomes depending on what you choose to say
- A full-fledged date with your favorite ghost that plays out like a text adventure after each speed dating session
- A wide range of quirky characters including spirits of vengeance, compassion, despair, and mischief
- Original music by Mikey Maybe, the musical alterego of game artist Mikey Hamm
Content Warning: Contains frank discussions of death and its consequences, both seriously and with intentional humor.
|Updated||29 days ago|
|Release date||Feb 14, 2018|
|Tags||Cute, Dark Humor, Dating Sim, Ghosts, Horror, Lo-fi, Narrative, weird|
|Average session||A few minutes|
|Mentions||itch.io Recommends: A Raven Monologue, S..., Years In the Making: How Kitfox Games pl...|
In order to download this dating sim you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $6.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:
- Mac OS Update for Catalina32 days ago
- Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality34 days ago
- Update: v 2.1.8 live51 days ago
- Free Expansion: It's Alive!Dec 01, 2019
- Expansion Release Date and FAQNov 20, 2019
- Price Drop: Now Only $6.99 USDNov 02, 2018
- Update: v 1.18 liveSep 29, 2018
- Update: v 1.17 liveFeb 15, 2018
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Hi! I really enjoyed this! My only critique is that I can't replay *just* the speed-date portion that I messed up -- I didn't realize when I went in that the speed dates were a one-time thing, or I wouldn't have shut Leon down the way I did. And now I'd have to replay everything in order to get him at the dance. :'(
Other than that, this game was really great!
Edit: oh, wait! On more thing. When playing with controller, the thing you're selecting is muted/less visible than the thing you didn't select. This seems counterintuitive and caused me to decline speed-dating when I first started up the game. The main menu has selected text turn purple, so maybe the same thing can be done throughout the rest of the game?
Ah. Thank you for the kind words and feedback. Re: ghosts available vs. not available based on choice, I was trying to go for consequences for choices made. I think maybe I got a little over zealous with those consequences, given how far reaching they go (literally replaying the whole game to get redo one ghost). The game is such a web of conditionals I'm afraid to pull a thread like this now for fear of introducing instability. But I will take this feedback going forward on my next choice-centric narrative project, ensuring checkpoints that allow players more trial and error. <3
Oh, I just started it up again and... I'm sad I missed out on a bunch of the dances too. :'( I think there needs to be clearer indication that you only have two chances at the dance. Since I only had a few minutes to play, I did one dance at a time figuring I could go back and revisit, but now I really do have to start over completely from scratch. I don't suppose you have a save file that's at the ending with all the ghosts unlocked, right before the dance?
Sorry to be a bother. I loved all the ghosts and want to see the rest of their stories!
Sadly, I don't have a save file ready to go with all the dances unlocked. The two opportunities gate was meant to encourage players to choose carefully and replay the game to see other routes in conversation, but I totally get how it's frustrating, especially because it isn't clearly telegraphed. I'll talk over what a patch could look like for this with our programmer, but I'm neck deep in two new projects so it'll be something that unfortunately comes later rather than sooner. Until then, a speedrun through the dates again might be the quicker way to unlock for now. :(
I am enjoying the crap out of this little gem! It's honestly such a weird concept but it is so well done. I love it.
Just wanted to add, genuinely enjoyed and found this game funny to play through. Thanks for the experience!
All of the ghosts were incredibly charming and engaging, I went in with little to no expectations and was completely surprised by how invested I got into the lives of every ghost and just how captivating this game was.
Tried it because it was in the Justice bundle, was only intending to play for five minutes or so to get a general idea but ended up hooked! The characters were so oddly engaging and the willingness to discuss difficult subject matter and handle it sensitively is admirable. Definitely recommend it to others.
<3 Thank you. Word of mouth has been primarily how we've found an audience for this weird game. Every time someone tells a friend it helps us so much. <3 <3
vaguely unsettled, vaguely nostalgic, and very very glad i played this game. it really touched me. thank you for making it -- i'll probably head on over to the switch eshop so i can toss you some cash since I got this in the bundle (and see my favourite ghosts full screen!) also, major kudos re: the music! (and the way it changes in That One Situation involving a certain character. it made the atmosphere so cool. not that it wasn't already MINT, but. i live for this kind of thing)
<3 Thank you for taking the time so say these super nice things about our ghosts and supporting us on Switch! I'll let Mikey know you liked his music! - Ben :)
We just played two rounds of this for the first time. It has such a beautiful design that allows you to truly connect with the ghosts. Heartfelt, well written, and with a moving soundtrack to boot. Can't recommend enough.
Just finished playing it and it's already one of my favorite games of all time. I can't fully explain it, but it just really struck a chord with me. All of the different characters and each of their unique stories are grounded in something that feels so real and genuine on such a deeply human level (even with characters that are very decidedly not human) that makes the whole experience feel like so much more than a game. Speed Dating for Ghosts manages to perfect a balance between poignant and hilariously quirky and it's absolutely stellar. I can't recommend it enough and I'll definitely be keeping up with any future projects from the talented people who worked to create this gem of a game :D
:) :) Thank you! Ah! I'm thrilled you liked our weird game.
We actually just announced a new thing. There's a short demo, but it's very much a work in progress so far. It's only on Steam for now unfortunately. When all is said and done it will be a lot of weird words and tons of reactivity/variation.
Mikey, who did the music and art, also just announced a free beta of his tabletop RPG. It's super weird and rad and yeah. Now I feel like I'm just advertising our stuff. But just in case you want to check it out, here is a link! I'm trying to convince him to do a video game version with me.
This is one of my favourite games now, the writing is FABULOUS. i loved each and every character. but i got a bit frustrated with the ending? i noticed that (SPOILER!) a certain choice made in relation to a stake had an effect on the last collection of scenes in hell when i noticed i could go back and use it, and then i feel like that messed up the scene and then i couldnt fix it because the game told me i can only erase all data ... and i really dont want to go through all that again! i also wish i knew if i could have helped some of my favourites, and if more of the endings vary but now i cant...
Ah. Thank you for this feedback and also the kind dang words. The stake is definitely a variant. It's meant to mess things up a bit at the end and encourage a second go around to try different paths. But I totally get how that's frustrating, happening right at the end and all.
i actually love the idea, its always a lovely feature to have in a game like this. but there is just so much content in the whoole thing to replay it just for that one bit. i was trying to find out if any other endings vary to see if it would be worth for me to try and look for more interesting options but i couldnt find anything about that on the internet? so im not sure
hey, would you mind telling me which decision you made exactly regarding the stake that led to that happening D: i would've direct messaged you about this if i could since i don't mind spoilers but i know some people would but i don't think that's an option here on itch.io :( totally get if you don't want to say, just figured i should try asking :•)
ok so i dont see an option to hide spoilers on itch,io (lots of useful features not on here lol) but basically ***SPOILER*** i took the stake from the vampire girl and put it in andy when he was dissapearing and that was kind of a bad choice
ahhhhhh |||||***SPOILER***||| would the taking the stake part you're talking about be the one on the beach when you can choose to either call out to agatha the vampire while she's looking for it and (presumably) give her back the stake or say nothing and keep it? that actually really helps, i was asking because i was really torn on which decision i should make there but i think i'll give the stake back to agatha now. thank you for taking the time to reply, i really appreciate it!!
I just downloaded it today & still can't run it on Catalina (the app won't open)
Any chance of a linux build? (And thanks also for adding it to the bundle for racial justice and equality!!)
loved this game!! I have a soft spot for Kyo and Agatha. plus the music was fantastic, nice and atmospheric!! Awesome game!
This game is gorgeous! It all feels so thoughtfully made, the design and music are perfect and the characters are beautifully written. I loved playing it, thank you! And thanks also for adding it to the bundle for racial justice and equality!!
This game probably will make you cry- weep, even. Especially Hattie and Dave, those two hit really close to home for me. The game is short but the characters are so well written they leave an enormous impact on you. The character design and music is so charming.
Loved the concept and the art! The stories are sweet and well-written. My favorites are Kyo and Gary, with Vera and Dave as runner-ups :)
amazing game! really loved the writing in there
I love Kyo so much. This game is beautiful.
I just played Speed Dating, and I love it! I wanted to ask—would it be okay if I potentially got a tattoo of Kyo with the quote about needing sad things?
Ah! <3 A rad player got a Gary tattoo a while back and we were floored that someone liked our ghosts enough to bring one of them along for the ride. We'd be honored if you got Kyo. <3 - Ben
This song is rad. Thank you for posting this. <3
No problem, thanks for taking time out of your day to reply. I really appreciate it.
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