In fact, many romance games are Visual Novels, which is a much different game style.
(See for example, the difference between the Ace Attorney series, which is very close to a Visual Novel style of gameplay, and the DOA Xtreme series, which is the closest thing to a true Dating Sim with mass-market appeal in the US.) If the game plays out like a Choose Your Own Adventure, that's a Visual Novel.
However, if things go really well, the "Invite Home" interaction will appear.
If it's chosen and accepted, the controllable Sim will call a taxicab, and both Sims will get in and go to that Sim's house.
It was also reintroduced to The Sims 3 via Patch 22 and the Generations expansion pack, and was included in The Sims 4 base game.
One Sim can ask another to go Downtown, either in person or over the telephone.
Begin your quest to win the hearts of your town’s lovely ladies… To do it you’ll have to build your stats, unlock amazing new jobs, and then sweep your waifu off her feet with exotic dates, the perfect gift, or maybe a tickle fight or two.A Sim who is already Downtown can approach another Sim and say "Let's Date" or "Let's Hang Out".The controllable Sim will be able to use the "Ask About Mood" interaction to determine which motive his or her date wants to fulfill at that moment.Dream Daddy was written and created by Vernon Shaw and Leighton Grey.Programmers and artists for the game were given space in the Grump Office to work in, as shown in the video "Game Grumps Office Tour! The Game Grumps brand was responsible for funding and promoting the game, which is advertised as "A game from Game Grumps".If it feels like you're playing an RPG, trying to keep track of everyone's feelings about you and giving out presents, that's a Dating Sim.