Julian Luxemburg has prepared a dinner for two at his place – but things go awry when the date does not show up and he is left waiting at his dinner table, the clock’s ticking growing unbearably loud. „Dinner Date” is the character portrait of Julian: by becoming his subconsciousness you gain a clear vantage point on the worries which...
User reviews: Mixed (605 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 1, 2011

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About This Game

Julian Luxemburg has prepared a dinner for two at his place – but things go awry when the date does not show up and he is left waiting at his dinner table, the clock’s ticking growing unbearably loud.

„Dinner Date” is the character portrait of Julian: by becoming his subconsciousness you gain a clear vantage point on the worries which take a hold of him. As the wait for the beautiful girl grows longer it becomes evident that Julian’s real problems may not even begin originate the girl: what of his work and his boss? And what of the headhunter, his fascination with Byron and his friendship with Jerry who, all things considered, was ultimately the person who pushed Julian to go on this date?

You are not merely listening – in the unprecedented role as his subconsciousness you tap the table, look at the clock and, as Julian bares more of his mind, reluctantly start to eat, your actions resonating with Julian’s thoughts to form an absolutely singular form of intimacy.

In this manner you will experience „Dinner Date”: with some glasses of wine, some bread, some soup - and with a clock which slowly mocks the constant wait for when she comes, this elusive girl who will solve everything.

Key features:

  • Julian’s story lasts a fully voiced 25 minutes and is told through various unique animations, set in a real-time 3d environment with the unique interface of playing as a subconsciousness, the first of its kind.
  • The game is complimented by an original score, written by Than van Nispen tot Pannerden.
  • At the Independent Game Festival 2011, „Dinner Date” has been nominated for the Nuovo award, an award which ‘honors abstract, shortform, and unconventional game development which advances the medium and the way we think about games.’

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9 compatible video card
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 256 MB
    • Sound: OpenAL compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
93 of 114 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
This game is good if your life sucks like mine

I mean it's the same price than a chocolate bar or a beer, but you can cry to this game longer
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86 of 108 people (80%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
This game is amazing. If offered me an experience I never had before and I probably never will have. I had so many feelings come over me. I felt the amazing feeling of having a date. I felt the horible feeling of someone not showing up to the date. It simulated real life perfectly. I'm glad I played this game before going on a real life date. If I ever feel lonley in by bedroom in the dark with the blinds closed then I can just play dinner date and feel the sensation of having a date. Then I will feel the depressing feeling of having my date not show up. In conclusion, this game is the best game I have played since Lunch date simulatior. I give this game a 20/10
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43 of 55 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Ever found yourself sitting around at home in your kitchen thinking "Boy, I wish I could play a game where I sit around at home in my kitchen whining about being stood up for a date for 25 minutes"? Neither have I.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Forever Alone Simulator

made me cry :'(
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
The longest 20 minutes, or so, of your life.

What can I say that hasn't already been said about this? The graphics are alright, it's fairly simple, it's cheap, it's very easy to figure out what you need to do, and it's pretty much a, "Being stood up." simulator. You're just waiting on your date, endlessly. She never shows up; or he. Your dinner date never arrives. Whether or not the gender of the other person is ever specified, I can't recall.

It's the type of thing you're likely to only play once. Most of it will stick with you, so it's definitely not forgettable. I'm not angry that I have this game in my library, I'm not angry that it cost $3.00. Actually, I probably got it from a bundle or something similar.

What this game does give you is art... Awkward, uncomfortable, flabbergasting art. Does it make you feel? Yes, it does. Does it make you feel good? No. No, it doesn't make you feel good. It almost seems like a sympathy test. I could see them forcing someone to play it over and over to find out what their reaction would be. Certainly, to sit through it for an hour would be a chore. But that's not the point of dinner date - the point of dinner date is that it seems cathartic for whoever, and whenever, they made the game.

I have to guess that this was an individual developer's expression of a real life event, and releasing that annoyance in this format, running through thoughts, etc., probably helped them release that tension.

Sure, it annoys a lot of people, do you think the developer really cares about that? Probably not. This is their art form. And really, it's a neat piece of folk art that you don't really see in video games, but it's starting to creep its way in to the nooks and crannies. Cheap, accessible, and I can imagine someone who has never played a game before ever sitting down and playing it, deciding that it's too much like all of their previous dates, and giving up on video games forever, immediately.

If you want to feel anything from a game, go ahead and pick it up, especially if it goes on sale. If you want to be entertained in a more shooty, faster paced way - skip it. I personally thought it was pretty neat at the time, albeit a bit confusing as to why someone would make something like this in the first place.

Oh, also, it runs! This automatically makes it better than about 60% of the games on Steam, because it actually works.

Interesting, when you view it as a cathartic art piece. Boring, when you view it as a video game. Recommending this based on the value of its independence and refusal to conform to norms. 6/10.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Lately, I've been making a habit of trying out games with "Mixed" reviews--often, I find them to be the most interesting. Dinner Date is a game that isn't for everyone; some might not enjoy the concept, others might find it boring. This isn't a game in which the goal is clear, and the end result isn't necessarily what you would call gratifying. There are no bosses to defeat or world to save. To me, this game embodies "virtual reality" in a much more emotional sense.

You are the subconscious of the protagonist, Julian, as he experiences the agony of waiting on his "dinner date" to arrive. This means, you really have no control over what is happening. You can merely observe and react in the most subtle of ways. As the story unfolds before you, you are given a set of choices. Will Julian glance nervously at the clock, have a cigarette to calm his nerves or have another glass of wine as he bemoans his situation? The voiceover acting is very well done, and adds to realism of the game. If you've ever experienced the anxiety of anticipation. and the agony of disappointment, the game expresses both perfectly.

In order to truly enjoy this game, you have to accept the fact that nothing you do will change its outcome. You are merely along for the ride, guiding Julian's thoughts and actions along the way via a growing number of options by pressing specific buttons on your keyboard, which lead to certain interactions. But it's not as if you're sitting there idle while a long cinematic cutscene plays either; it's an experience you can be a part of from start to finish. As Julian's subconscious, you are like the director with Julian as the actor. Considering the options are numerous, and you can choose them in any order you wish, everybody's experience in the game will be slightly different and unique to them, even if the ending is the same. It gives it a very personal feel which I enjoyed. Overall, this is an overlooked and misunderstood little gem of a game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
$2.50 chocolate bar > this
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Ok let me start of by saying the quality of the graphics actually surprised me when i first loaded up the game.

Next I'll say this is a pretty good addition to the do hardly anything but just watch and experience genre.

Finally I could'nt tell you how many pieces of bread I ate while listening to this guy the game even allows you to be a double dipper! 8/10
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
This is not a game. This is more of an experience of a nervous man waiting for his date to come...well...that never shows up. I have to say the experience is pretty good and I feel for this man with his anxiety issues. However, I don't feel this game-err...experience is worth 3 dollars. If it is on sale, it's worth it to try it. Otherwise, wait for the sale to happen and get it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
♥♥♥♥ Jerry.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
You can call it art if you want to but that doesn't take away that it is boring as sin. There is almost no choice in it either.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Alright, if your love life doesn't work too well, eat some soup, get drunk and then join your buddies at the bar.
This short game is just an episode of the ordinary man's sad life and, oh man, it definitely hits the sore spot.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
10/10 would eat infinite bread and jam again.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
This "game" is something. I' not sure what I would really call it. If you or a friend is feeling down because you/ your friend don't have a love life then I would recommend this "game". However I would never pay full price if I was just going to play out of pure curiosity.

completion time: 20 minutes

Satisfaction: 3.5 out of 5 stars simply because i can relate to the character in a few ways.

I hope you all have a great day and remember that things can get better in your life but you have to continue to move forward. Also most of the time the player's life is the losers life. Peace
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Possibly the dryest 'game' I've ever played. You sit at a table waiting for your date to show up, (SPOILERS) she never shows up. The game lures you into thinking it's going to be like surgeon simulator, explaining hand controls using 'q w e r' for the movement of each finger, and 'g' for the thumb. You are then disappointingly backhanded when you instead are greeted with the option to press various keys in order to perform movements/action, all with the aim to waste enough time for more key options to become available, each duller than the last - This functionality saps any potential morsel of comedy, unlike an actual 'key per finger' style, where there are morsels to be found.

First, you are limited to tapping your fingers on the table, and looking up at the clock. Then it really gets crazy when the option to eat some bread appears. From thereout you will continue to pointlessly press buttons and observe the mundane animation. My favorite part has to be where you are granted the option to dip your bread into the soup you've been stirring for 10 minutes.

The game ends when your character staggers out of the apartment after a few glasses of wine, presumably to perform some kind of aggressive crime against the elusive date. This means you basically miss the most exciting part of the protagonists evening.

1/10. There is no challenge, no excitement, and no respite from the ball-achingly dull key tapping. Only play this game if someone has a gun to your head.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
This game prepared me for my PlentyOfFish date.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
I just... no. I can't recommend this. It's not that it's bad, it's that it's as stale as the left-over bread at the end of a failed dinner date.

I'm sure you can make the justification that this is art, expressing the tedium and anguish that comes with an uncertain future, but you have to have some initial investment in the situation to really get that feeling. It's why when someone dies in the first five minutes of a movie, we don't really care nearly as much as when they die right at the end. It makes it hard to care. Sure, the voice acting's alright. The game does a decent job conveying what it's like to be stood up, and it's short, to the point, but I just can't recommend it.

I'm sure this game means a lot to someone, but this someone ain't me.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
It's a game about a guy who gets blue balls...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
So, there's this BIG GUY who I'll identify as 410. So, 410 thinks it's funny to gift me games. Except it isn't. Or perhaps it is. It doesn't matter. So, during one of his sudden outbursts of generosity, he gifts me this game. Me, being exceptical, decide to give this game a try.

....

Right now there are no words to describe how much I -HATE- this guy for giving me this game.
I think I'll go and cry myself to sleep now.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
All of these indie games are ruining Steam!

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