Yandere Simulator is a game that resembles Hitman in terms of game mechanics. The main character is placed in an environment filled with NPCs and can use various stealth mechanics to eliminate targets. While the mission allows for killing the hunter and other students, players can also challenge themselves by completing the mission without harming anyone except the target. This can be achieved through methods like killing the target without witnesses, using social sabotage, or creating accidents. The killing animations in the game include garroting, using earphones, jumping rope, measuring tape, and a stethoscope.
Regardless of the methods employed, the main character's objective is to ensure the failure of anyone who tries to get close to her crush, regardless of their own desires or choices. The game does not feature ads on its download page, indicating that making money was not the developer's main intention. While the game can run with as little as 6GB of RAM, it is recommended to have at least 8GB for optimal performance.
Yandere Simulator offers different modes to enhance gameplay. LoveSick mode removes all easter eggs and creates a more serious atmosphere. Custom mode allows players to customize rivals, students, and the school. Info-chan is an unknown character who provides valuable information about rivals, items, and scheme walkthroughs in exchange for information points.
Missions mode presents players with specific tasks that require the killing of particular students. The main character, Satou, would kill anyone who caught a glimpse or met Shio as a means to protect her. The question arises of whether killing is necessary to be considered a Yandere.
In 1980s mode, players assume the role of Ryoba Aishi, Ayano's mother, and experience a different story with alternative rivals. This mode restricts the use of phones, internet, info-chan, or anything that did not exist in the 1980s while enforcing stricter school rules. Endless mode randomly generates NPCs and challenges players to achieve high scores. In pose mode, players can arrange a specific student in various positions, adjusting body parts and hairstyles.
Customization allows players to choose the main character's appearance, including accessories and aesthetic aspects like hairstyles. The main objective of the game is to eliminate other girls who have feelings for the main character's Senpai without getting caught. Yandere Simulator has faced bans on platforms like Twitch, much to the disappointment of its dedicated fan base.
In the game, players control a young “Yandere,” a term used in Japanese for a girl obsessed with a boy to the point of potentially harming any other girl who shows interest in him. The story revolves around a shy and timid girl named Akari Furutaka, who is desperately in love with a boy in her classroom and tries her best to prevent others from getting close to him.