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...
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Release Date: Mar 1, 2011

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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
33 of 42 people (79%) found this review helpful
8 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 unfinished, 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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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
This game is the biggest pile of pretentious tripe I've ever played, this is coming from someone who's favourite experience from a video game was Dear Esther.

Say what you like about Dear Esther but the point of it was that it was following the inner thoughts of a suicidally depressed man as we got some insight on loss, pain, depression and regret and what does Dinner Date offer us? The Inner thoughts of a boring, pretentious pillock, who's whining because nobody wants to bugger him.

I'm serious, this whole game is just a man, sat at a table, whining because he can't get laid and the worst part is that he has no redeeming qualities. He's racist, narcissistic, boring and full of crap. There is NOTHING worth investing yourself in, it's not even funny boring, it's just boring.

You could honestly get the same experience by going to your kitchen table and sitting there for twenty or so minutes, like you're waiting for a date, listening to a pod cast on the colour baige the entire time. There, you've played Dinner Date, except you can actually eat the food and turn off the podcast.

So, why haven't I spoken about the gameplay? Because there is none! Again, Dear Esther, you can walk around and look at stuff, listen to the monologue or enjoy the scenery. Here, there's NOTHING! You can interact with things, sure but only when the game tells you that it's okay to, otherwise you just hover your hand over it, like you're thinking about doing it. The game even tells you that you aren't in control and you're the character's subconscious, making this no more of a game than one of those College Humour POV videos, except those are funny and often relatable, whereas this is just garbage.

You have dozens of options presented to you, whilst you listen to the insightful inner thoughts of the loathesome protagonist and all that I was able to do was dip bread into a sauce and eat it. Although, I will say that I did find one thing in common with this guy, we were both incredibly bored and clock watching, throughout the experience.

The visuals look like ♥♥♥♥, I'm by no means a graphics snob but if you're going to force us to look at something for half an hour at least make it look realistic/nice or at least give it its own style like Facade. But no, this looks like a PS2 game that has gone through a dishwasher, it looks really shoddy.

The final thing I have to say is that everything about this game is still pretentious, despite the fact that it offers NOTHING, it acts like it's high art. It constantly has the div recite poetry with classical music playing in the background, whilst he goes on about how Japanese girls can't hold their liquor and how he can't wait for his date to show up so he can shag her. Bugger off Dinner Date, just bugger off.

During the hit list- I mean... credits, my eyes were drawn to the list of the cast and crew and bugger me backwards...
Try thinking up the most pretentious pseudonym you can, make it sound french and artsy like: Don Panthane Do Blur or some ♥♥♥♥ like that. Because the credits is full of those names, it's so full of it.

Don't buy this. If I had a physical copy of this game, I would've taken it out back and ♥♥♥♥♥♥ on it. Screw this game!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
If listening to an insufferable ♥♥♥♥ whine about being stood up, then this is the game for you. Otherwise, don't bother playing this trash.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
If I wanted to get stood up I would ask a girl out in real life
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
A very short "game" about a neurotic, nicotine addicted alcoholic sex fiend who starts freaking out after his date is 10 mins late. You play the creeps subconcious and listen to him whine and moan for 20 mins. The chick that stood him up made a good call, I woulda ditched him too!
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