this game was just so fun and really fun to play over and over again! I feel like as I played this game I learned more about the characters and myself in regards to relationships!
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.
|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:
- The Spooky Peter Pin Set is Here! 👻Oct 15, 2021
- Copychaser Newsletter and Ghosts Postmortem!Dec 10, 2020
- Mac OS Update for CatalinaJun 10, 2020
- Bundle for Racial Justice and EqualityJun 09, 2020
- Update: v 2.1.8 liveMay 22, 2020
- Free Expansion: It's Alive!Dec 01, 2019
- Expansion Release Date and FAQNov 20, 2019
- Price Drop: Now Only $6.99 USDNov 02, 2018
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I very much enjoyed this game! Really loved the concept and I enjoyed all the characters and the little quirks.
oh my god i'm crying
Had so much fun! Did my first video playthrough here! Thx for such a fun and insightful experience :P
This was great! Very emotional.
Very well written
This was cute. I enjoyed it
Start with smile and then I cried.
Absolutely adorable and so well written ^_^ enjoyed this very much!
Very cute dating sim/social sim with a paranormal spin! Honestly super fun to discover the stories of all the characters! Such a simple concept yet so well written and genuinely well done that it works very well!
The characters are so likable and the humor is great! I am loving this game ^^
This game was really lovely.
Since my dog went to heaven last year winter, Dave's story made me cry and sometimes smile.
Thank you for taking the time to comment this. I sometimes worry Dave is a little too sad, but writing him helped me process the loss of my own pet. Animal friends are too perfect <3 - Ben
To me, shedding a tear to special ones is another way of sending a love to them. It was wholesome. It was good time for me to tell my dog in heaven 'good bye.' and 'i love you.' again.
Thank you for good game! (I really liked gary's story too.)
this is a very lovely and wholesome game, I had lots of fun! I really liked Kyo, who is a cute and adorable bean and Riley, who was suprisingly really cool and likable
Such a fun game that had a lot of meaning in the conversations. Dave's story made me cry REAL TEARS.
kyo my beloved
Such a fun game! I went out with Spooky Peter
I played and got real life gf on it thanks game :)
Edit: thanks for all the likes!
This is so cool.
i’m only an hour in to this game and i’ve already teared up, the writing is wonderful and the dialogue for each character feels so different !
got this game in a bundle, but definitely worth the full price, i really recommend this !! (∩^o^)⊃━☆☆☆☆☆
I really enjoyed this game, like a lot. Riley's route was so cute, and Kyo's route felt...satisfying? In an odd way. I'm working my way through them all.
Reviewed the game a while back for the channel - wanted to share the love here;
such a fun little game, did a single playthrough and can't wait to do more
one of the best indie games i've played this month!! highly recommend. :]
We really enjoyed playing & discussing Speed Dating for Ghosts on Indie Game Club (it’s like a book club for indie games)!
You can watch the video here:
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We are going through the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality!
really, really love this game!! I loved the ghost designs and so many amazing , wonderful stories!! <3
Hello, I played the game in the past and I want to star it again to play immediately the expansion.
Can you please tell me which files I must transfer from my old file to the new one so it work correctly?
Hi there: I'm afraid this is going to be a bunch of words.
The expansion reads a laundry list of conditionals from the main game and so the safest way to play it, reactivity wise, is to start a new game.
That said, the expansion should appear if you've completed the main game.
It specifically unlocks if you have had the final Fran conversation where she tells you to "Go to Hell". The travel pamphlet for Hell should then appear in the bottom righthand corner of the main menu. This should be true even if you experienced this conversation in your current game before updating to get expansion content. (Note: you need to select Start Game one last time to see this conversation with Fran).
If you're not seeing the pamphlet, try going back into Start Game. If the pamphlet still isn't showing up, please let me know.
Sorry for the wall of text. Hopefully this helps. <3
this game is very lovely, it brought me to tears. A wonderful and humorous story!
When I try to open it, it brings me to the start screen but then closes on its own. How can I fix this?
Hi there. Sorry you're experiencing this issue. Are you running it on PC or Mac? Launching through the itch app or directly from files?
I am using PC on windows 10, specifically the 64 file (I have also tried the other file but to no avail). I spent almost an hour last night uninstalling and reinstalling both versions from both the itch app and directly from the files and neither works at any point. It would take me to the screen where I could choose to start, play a second of music, and then immediately close. I tried troubleshooting it’s compatibility and running it in different compatibility modes just in case, and none of those worked for it either. I even bought it on steam briefly to see if it were a problem with itch and it still wouldn’t open. Sometimes it would allow me to click a button or a loading pop up would come on with one of the ghosts on it but it would just close down immediately after they did. Once I went through all of the things I possibly could, I went to see if it were compatible with my drivers and computer settings and it was as far as I could see. Sorry to bother you guys! Thank you for taking the time to reply.
Thank you for these details. We will look into this and try to figure out what's going on. Let's please take this conversation into email if you're comfortable: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks and sorry about this! :(
Sorry for such a late response. I'm Andrew and have been helping out Copychaser with some programming tasks.
Would you be be able to check if a log is being generated? You can find logs in your appdata folder, specifically:
C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\LocalLow\Copychaser Games\Speed Dating For Ghosts\output_log.txt
If you could, please send that to email@example.com. That will give us some insights as to what is happening when you run the game and hopefully find a solution for you.
Great game! So absurd and so whimsical in its simplicity. Each character is so unique. Good one for the Halloween season. (spoiler let's play)
I really enjoyed this, it was such a pleasant experience and I'm definitely going to have to come back for more in the future.
If there are any more characters as cute as Kyo I'm going to die
i cried. (spoilers)
Super cute and eerie! The art is adorable and fun to look at. I love that there are so many endings! Made a lil let’s play for it. 💕
Darn I got really scared at Gary. But the rest of the game is really sweet! I loved it :D
Cute game. I enjoyed my date with Gary. :)
so cute and SO fun
I'd die for spooky peter
I loved this! I was skeptical at first, but this game is incredibly charming. I find myself missing the ghosts already, now that I've finished up my first playthrough! I'll have to start over sometime, if I can bring myself to reset my save...(I suspect it's worth it, though)
as excellent as (un)expected!
Really touching stories - really enjoyed this game!
Hi!! Bought your game w the bundle but I can't open it with my Mac :
Hi there. Thank you for letting me know about this issue. I am investigating what could be going on here. A couple questions: are you running the latest OS (Catalina)? And are you running the game through the itch.io app or directly from the files? Thanks and sorry this is happening. I'll get to the bottom of it, dang it. - Ben
I also cannot run the game on Mac. (Have previously played on iOS and loved it!)
I'm on MacOS Catalina, 10.15.5, attempting to run directly from the file. There seem to be a number of things that could be applications in the download, the most promising seemed to be \Speed Dating for Ghosts\Itch\Speed Dating for Ghosts, which is 283mb. It gives a generic error message: "The application "Speed Dating for Ghosts" can't be opened." I have tried the Control-Click open trick (which overrides security to open apps MacOS doesn't recognize, primarily things you didn't get from the Mac app store), but I get the same error.
The download also includes a \_MACOSX\ folder with the same folder structure, but the Speed Dating for Ghosts app there is 0 bytes and I try to open it, I get the error that it may be damaged or incomplete.
Hopefully this is some help. Thanks for such a fun, surreal, sad, and sweet game!
Hey there: Thanks for these detailed notes on the issue. We have uploaded a new build for Mac that should fix the unzipping error (Mac OS changed the way they unzip and it looks like it was breaking things). Please let us know if you continue to experience issues. <3 - Ben
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.
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. :(