Personally, I would love to see more characters with tsundere or yandere personalities as predators. In this game, you explore a digital city where the main heroine lives, visit various locations, including your school, and meet different characters. The three main girls, Haruka Arisue, a lively tomboy, and the childhood friend of the protagonist, along with two others, all have a strong attachment to Yuuya, the main character. They love him because he treated them nicely in the past. Throughout the game, there are hints that these girls are possessive of Yuuya. For example, Haruka becomes upset when Yuuya says he doesn’t need her and threatens to harm both of them.
There are some interesting character dynamics within the game. Kanna, Haruka, and Sayuri, the three girls, respectively represent the “quiet,” “silly,” and “nice” archetypes. In terms of abilities, Sayuri is the brains, Kanna is the brawn, and Haruka embodies beauty. One notable aspect is that four of the protagonist’s friends, who play important roles in certain endings, remain nameless. Despite their emotional deaths in the omelet ending, they are referred to only as “your friends.” Mia, one of the love interests in the game, never lies during the poison ending. The male player character, on the other hand, faces a yandere stalker in Perfect Blue.
The game touches on various family dynamics as well. Haruka has an abusive father, Sayuri’s life is controlled by her parents (although her grandfather gives her some freedom), and Kanna’s parents are always absent and don’t care much about her well-being. The absence of security cameras in the school is explained by the school’s concern for its reputation. Kanna’s father, who doesn’t like children, adds to her neglected upbringing. The club that the main characters belong to is facing a threat due to the push from Sayuri’s mother, who wants her to focus solely on academics.
In terms of gameplay, Yandere Simulator presents a challenge as its intelligent AI can outsmart the player in various ways. Mia, one of the love interests, showcases possessiveness and jealousy when she feels threatened by your other friends. The choices you make in the game determine whether she kills you and herself to eliminate distractions or poisons you and your friends, enjoying your suffering. Another interesting feature is Ayano’s ability to torture victims for twelve hours, gradually decreasing their sanity. The game provides opportunities for interaction and exploration within the school and its surroundings.