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.