Dating sims have allowed players to romance a wide variety of characters, human or not. Whether you're romancing fast-food mascot Colonel Sanders to get a taste of his finger-lickin' chicken or attending a high school for talented birds, they can offer plenty of strange suitors. Now, a group of game developers have created a dating sim where you can romance some of the characters from Sesame Street.
Sporting the simple title of Sesame Street Dating Sim, the game has you play the role of a new student at Sesame Street High School, another classic trope of dating sims. Here, you'll get the opportunity to meet five of the show's classic characters (Elmo, Oscar, Cookie Monster, Zoe, and Abby) and possibly date one of them. It's somewhat cursed to be able to date a surprisingly buff high schooler version of Elmo, but dating sims have gone to weirder places. You have to wonder how the people who develop the Sesame Street show feel about this sort of game.
Those who check out the game's page might notice that it's listed as "Episode 1" under the download links. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you feel,) this pilot episode may be the only one we'll see The three creators behind Sesame Street Dating Sim, Sirkitten, Elmo Cultist, and Gorilla Glue, say that they're probably only going to do a single episode of this game. However, supportive fans have helped game developers decide to turn a one-off thing into something bigger before, so maybe we'll get to see more episodes and truly get to know what it's like to kiss a Muppet.
You can download Sesame Street Dating Sim Episode 1 from itch.io, along with other "unspeakable content." If you enjoy the game, you can also visit the game's Discord server or join r/ElmoCult.