It hasn’t been a lot of votes since then, but I’ll predict Neil will still be in the lead even with a 100 votes cast. So congratulations; Neil is the first bachelor! It must be his awesome hair or something.
I’ve always given it a lot of thought, about routes in dating games. How you’re supposed to self-insert, but then the games never provide you with any options that truly feel like you. I realize writing a million different routes is way too much work and not feasible, but can’t we tailor it a little bit to the player’s input?
Whether you want to be aggressive and kiss that bachelor during a heated moment, or you prefer to be coy and wait until he makes the first move – shouldn’t both be an option? Your personality should come through (or at least the one you most want), and no option is the wrong option. You can’t lose, you should be able to make the bachelor become all smoopy kittens over you whether you chose to mock him with your wit, or comfort him with your kindness. And the route should reflect that. In one route, he can be kind of caring, in another he’ll be cold and aloof. It all depends on you – the heroine of the story!
So I’ve decided to go with 4 endings for the bachelor. This means 4 different routes. In the beginning it is decided whether or not your bachelor was in love with you during your childhood, or he was just your friend. That’s two endings already. As you follow that route, you will get a series of choices you can select that will nudge you to one ending or the other. No ending is the ‘right’ one, you cannot choose ‘wrong’. Just pick whichever one feels most like you! These choices prop up during dialogue, and while they don’t heavily influence the scene (certainly not the outcome of the scene), it will determine which route to take when it’s time to branch off.
For example, with Neil – the snobby little rich kid that he is – he can pamper you like a goddess, or he will bicker with you until the end of the world.
It will be a lot of writing, but it will be worth it to have an ending feel like it was reached because you made the choices that felt the most like you.