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 (700 reviews) - 56% of the 700 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2015
dude what is this?
I thought I'm doing a significant things with pressing this and that button.
But turn out it's just a pointless game.

I'm disappointed with the game itself.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
I think the developer should pay me for the time wasted playing this 'unfiinished', 30-minute long, "edge-of-your-kitchen-chair-excitement" non-game...

Got it in a bundle and I still feel cheated...

Avoid...
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
The idea for the game is interesting, the game's quality is good (great voice actor, very nice graphics), but there is no much meaning to this experiment. It would be a lot more interesting if our actions were meaningful to the story, and not a choice of what we eat first, or which side our character looks at, etc. So no, I cannot recommend this for the price, but I don't think it was a waste of time, as it is a short experimental game. I'd love to see something better based on this concept.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2015
Dinner Date

This review was last edited when I had completed the game

Short Review
I think "experimental" sums it up pretty succinctly. I can't in all honesty recommend this game.

Long Review

This is basically like watching a movie from the person in the movie's perspective but with the added ability of being able to change the camera angle and get the main (and only) character to perform very limited subconscious actions, that have no apparent affect on the movie. You look out through the narrator's eyes as he sits at home waiting for a dinner date and listen to his thoughts. Whilst I found the dialog well written this was pretty much like sitting and watching a short film rather than playing a game.

I'd guess the game lasts approximately 15-20 minutes.

Pros
  • Interesting dialog
  • Short gameplay
Cons
  • No apparent control over the game
  • Short gameplay
Marks Out Of 5

5) Must have - stop whatever you're playing now and play this
4) Worth the asking price and considering as your next purchase
3) Maybe purchase if you're stuck for choosing your next game or mildly discounted
2) Only purchase if it is heavily discounted
1) Not worth getting even if given away free

Where I got the game from

I purchased the game as part of the Groupees Mind Bender Bundle tier one which cost $1 for three games so technically the game cost me $0.33.

Platform Played On

Intel Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition, 8Gb RAM, Palit GTX 750, Windows 10, Standard Mouse & Keyboard.

My best guess for a PEGI rating

16 : Mainly due to the langauge used. PEGI Ratings
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
If you came here thinking this was a dinner date simulator, you are very wrong. Dinner Date is an extremely linear and boring game. Absolutely no replay-ability since there is nothing to deviate from/variables to change. The chapters go from Introduction -> The Clock -> The Bread -> The Soup -> The Cigarettes. At least everything ends in 25 minutes.

Very Bad
- 3/10
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