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
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479 of 506 people (95%) found this review helpful
229 people found this review funny
314.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2012
I'm 42 hours into this game. My date still hasn't shown up yet. She's probably still coming. Gonna wait a few more hours.

Nov. 28 2012 @ 4:09pm
60 hours in. Still no date. Maybe her car broke down and her phone isn't working.

Dec. 1 2012 @ 6:36pm
72 hours. Date still hasn't shown up yet. Maybe she's just really sick.

Dec 4 2012 @ 2:23pm
127 hours played. Date hasn't shown up. Food is cold and stale at this point.

Dec 8 2012 @ 7:08am
147 hours now. No sign of date. Maybe she's lost and can't find my house.

Dec 12 2012 @ 10:58pm
Terrible news. I hit 150 hours played and can no longer launch Dinner Date. I think I got banned :(


Dec 17, 2012 @ 1:20pm
Good news everyone I am unbanned from Dinner Date. 151 hours in now and she hasn't showed up. I hope I didn't miss her while I was banned. Guess I'll wait to see if she comes back.

Dec 19, 2012 @ 4:09pm
172 hours. Date hasn't shown up. I hope I didn't miss her. Better play through the game again and start over.

Dec 31, 2012 @ 7:26pm
190 hours. No date yet. Probably got called into work or something.

Nov 25, 2013 @ 2:16pm
239 hours. I hope she's ok. Maybe she was kidnapped. Thinking about calling the cops and reporting her missing.

Jan 20, 2014 @7:30pm
247 hours. I reinstalled the game. Lost my save file so I gotta start over. Waited about 8 hours and she hasn't shown up. She's definitely coming this time though. I can feel it.

February 14, 2014 @1:12am
259 hours. Maybe she went to the wrong address. Guess I'll have to wait longer and see.

August 24, 2014 @ 10:58pm
287 hours. Maybe she fell asleep on the train. Soup is getting cold at this point.

October 28, 2014 @ 12:40am
302 hours. Maybe she's infected with a deadly contagious disease and has been quarentined for public safety. Probably a good thing she hasn't showed up if that's the case. In other news, the day/night cycle of this game is really unrealistic.

April 4, 2015 @ 12:44pm
314 hours. Maybe she's trapped indoors by a blizzard and can't leave her house. Guess I'll have to keep waiting.
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191 of 232 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Dinner Date is a very short indie title about a man waiting for his date to arrive and I ♥♥♥♥ing hated it.

The main reason I hated this game was mainly due to the usual false expectations scenario. Rather than just completely rip this game apart let me explain what I thought the game was going to be, and then what the game actually is.

What I thought Dinner Date was going to be:

Everything I thought this game was going to be came from what people posted about on the internet. Nothing I am writing in this section is what I hoped the game would be, this is what I expected based on others experiences with it. Like I mentioned above, this is a game about a man waiting for his date to arrive at his house. However, I was under the assumption that this would be 1st person, without any narration, and you are completely free to do whatever you want while you wait for the date. You do not know who the date is, or why this man is possibly being stood up. Maybe this is him being dumped, maybe he murdered her, maybe he doesn’t have a date and he’s lonely, we just don’t know. While waiting for your possible date to arrive, you are free to do whatever you want in your apartment. Doing actions will affect the outcome of “The Date”. Maybe you could eat your entire meal before he/she shows up, would that have an effect? Maybe if you drink the whole bottle of wine you will pass out and miss the date entirely, never knowing if the person came by or not. Maybe you could just sit there and wait the entire time, twiddling your thumbs, eagerly watching the clock. Maybe you could just ♥♥♥♥ing kill yourself, the point is what sold me on this game was mystery. Every time I looked into this game online, for whatever reason, the game was completely shrouded in mystery, and this made me want to play the game so badly. I was honestly expecting to play this game multiple times just to see what else I could make happen. There could’ve been so many possibilities, so many outcomes, but as you can guess I ended up being tremendously disappointed.

What Dinner Date actually is:

A monologue. The game is literally just a monologue disguised as a video game. If there are any David Cage fanboys reading this, buy this game right now. NOTHING you do while you “wait” for you date matters. I only played this game once and I went in with the intention of killing my character through alcohol abuse, but even though I am drinking down a glass of wine every 5 seconds, the character doesn’t shut up…even while he is drinking. You are forced to listen to this guy whine and complain and there’s nothing you can do about it. Yeah, there are actions, but they are ♥♥♥♥ing meaningless. I’m pretty sure if someone smoked 47 cigarettes in a row he would maybe cough a few times in the middle of his ♥♥♥♥♥ing. The game kept giving me hope that something good would happen. Oh look! He’s getting up! Can I jump out the window? Nope. Can I open my fridge? Nope. Well, can I grab that endless bottle of wine again? Not right now, nope. When I realized that I could just sit back and the game would play itself I decided to stick through to the end, with the hope that maybe something interesting would happen, but of course not. You listen to this guy whine and complain about life for awhile and then that’s it, it just ends. He doesn’t kill himself (sadly), the date never shows up, nothing ♥♥♥♥ing happens. The best part about the uh experience is the torture is short. My game time for this is 23 minutes and I waiting till the credits ended.

So that’s it, I can’t even recommend this game to people who enjoy monologues, or hearing sad..ish life stories. Rather that waste your time listening to this guys issue’s you could go hang out with your friends, and maybe help them with their problems. I can promise in that situation different outcomes and functionality that makes an impact, I dare you to try and drink as much wine as I did in this game while hearing your friend talk. In other words, real life is more of a video game than Dinner Date.
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169 of 220 people (77%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
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98 of 128 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2013
25 minutes of sheer boredom while you wait for something interesting to happen. I mean I can forgive the game not being a game per see if it actually does something worth experiencing.

Don't waste your time here fellas.
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84 of 109 people (77%) found this review helpful
71 people 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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82 of 108 people (76%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2013
In this high-budget blockbuster, you play as Dennis "Dinner" Dateman, as he attempts to beat the world record for self-pity. Featuring deep characterization (he wants to bang Japanese girls, and is uncompromising on this stance, as well as very vocal about it) a plot filled with twists and turns (Will the Japanese girl show up? Will he resist the urge to get drunk and have a breakdown about poetry? (No)) and a complex combo system (You can dip your bread in your soup OR in the dip, or even not dip it at all) this game is sure to have something for everyone. Don't miss out on the thrilling final act, in which he spends several minutes staring at the Dinosaur Comic on his fridge while throwing a tantrum about not remembering a poem.

Fedora DLC sold seperately.
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82 of 108 people (76%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
29.5 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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64 of 82 people (78%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Watch forever alone Julian Luxemburg eating his meal that comes every time back with the power of Jeannies Magic.
This game has a heart breaking story with full of twists. Soon you will ask yourself: "Why am I playing? What where they thinking?" And the story will fully get you. I was shocked when he brutally murdered that slice of bread by dipping it in the sauce until it was drawn. I can hear it scream in my nightmares. But that was only the start. He uses some kind of Magic device to reverse the time and let the slice of bread suffer again and again while he murder him and his Son Bread,his Daughter Bread and his Wife bread. And it goes on, He lightens an innocent Cigarette! And draws all of his life by sucking on it. What is wrong with this guy? Why is he in such a Murder Rampage? Nobody will know! And it ends with an Cliff Hangar, he goes out of his House. What will come next? Will he clomp over innocent sidewalks? Will he buy a donut and eat it while the family of Daddy donut has to watch this? I cannot tell you. But someone who drawn innocent bread is able to do anything!
This game needs a second part the next episode should be called "Dinner Date Rampage of Julian Luxemburg"
I would recommend this game but the Story about a man who has tortured slice of bread to death is to much for me. So you better play something more innocent with less violence. Maybe Postal 2!
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44 of 52 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Dinner Date is a first person experience that puts you into someone's subconscious. You'll see what he sees and hear his thoughts as he waits for his date and you'll push keys. The key prompts float in little bubbles that have hints about what they'll do. Different keys do different things. You'll get to pour a glass of wine, look at the clock, check your left hand and gaze at your right hand. There are even such details like putting your spoon into soup, stirring it, put the spoon back down and so on. You'll hear the character talk, basically telling you which of the things to do next.

Going into the game I thought it would be another 'crazy hand simulator' like Surgeon Simulator or Ampu-Tea. Nope, you just press keys to do things when the prompts are up.

You have no control over movement or the camera, just over what the character does as he continues to worry about his date. He will wonder whether to drink another glass of wine and what else he could be doing. The dinner date is a quick experience, over in about 30 minutes. Trying to replay it again didn't lead me to think that there are different outcomes.

Dinner Date has a lot going for it, the voice acting is good, the environment is great, but its just a small kitchen with a table in it. You'll go to the window to have a cigarette, but that's it. This could be the demo of a bigger more detailed game, there is talent here, but I just didn't have fun playing the game. Plus there's not much here to get excited about. Its over quick. If a bobbing camera gets you motion sick, avoid this game.

Here's something to think about when telling a story. If its not the most interesting thing that happens to the character, why aren't you telling the more interesting story? Is it technical limitations such as having characters to interact with? Is this what leads the character up to his suicide or finding his true love after the game has ended? Is it witty banter amongst two characters blended with subconscious thought? No, but maybe that will happen in Dinner Date 2: The Reckoning. I'm sure that Luke Skywalker had moments where he just chilled in his bedroom thinking about a girl. That never made it into Star Wars.

Dinner Date was just watching something while I mash all keys at once since there's no sort of right or wrong. Other narrative experiences like Dear Esther and Gone Home at least give you movement control and environments to explore. Like the plot of Dinner Date, it stands in a category all its own.
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68 of 92 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
I'm not sure what to say about Dinner Date, as there is nothing to it....
It's just another of those pretentious artsy 'games'.

The story is shallow, the graphics are nothing special, neither is the voice-acting.
Basically there is nothing to do but listen to some dumbass talking, and randomly eating bread or whatever.

Save your time and skip this crap.

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1.0 hrs
Posted: October 24
It's alright. I enjoyed it fairly well at least at first. However after taking a little time and having my two playthroughs settle in a little bit, I realize this is a game that seems to be made with the intentions of trying to make up for what would be very boring fiction by turning it into a "game." It's not quite a game, there is no losing state, and there's only one path you'll ever take. Is it mildly interestin? Yes. But I would only get it during a sale, and if you're in the mood for something that's this much of a one-way story, you'll find much better-written books and short stories. It is kind of an interesting experiment, but I'm not sure that's enough by now.
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167.8 hrs
Posted: October 22
Waited six and a half days and stared at a table.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 15
My friend gifted this to me because he obviously hates me.

Voice acting was awful, along with the dialogue and the entire game.
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child bones
0.3 hrs
Posted: October 7
i was waiting for a plot development. never came.

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0.5 hrs
Posted: September 30
A boring game overall. Not worth 4 bucks.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: September 19
Bad as a piece of art, bad as a game. Game literally lasts for 5 minutes while you press keyboard buttons to do pointless actions. Then it ends. Waste of 4 dollars, if you ask me. I'd rather buy a game on the app store.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 19
Genre : Adventure - Walking Simulator [Warning : No actual walking]

Dinner date is a non-game again. Its supposed to be narrative driven and have a quirky concept. But really all it is is some guy getting stood up on a date in what is presumably his flat, so you push keystrokes to make him eat bread, fiddle his thumbs to waste time, or have his stare at the chopped veggies or the clock. What you do has no real impact and the whole thing is over under ten minutes. It is supposed to be cinematic and immersive because of the first person aspect of it. And maybe for a film student who is unfamiliar with video games this can be a powerful way of introducing the medium. But even when this game came out in 2010 computer gaming had matured past the need for such a limited showcase of its potential and ultimately any excuse made for this game nowadays will outright sound pretentious.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
A little over 15 minutes and I am done with this...

You are this guy that setup a date with a girl that will solve all his problem but that girl never showed up.

As you stood nervously at the dinner table waiting you are controling the guy to go through various interactions as he waits. And you can hear him talk to himself about all his lifes problem.

You go from clock.. to wine, to bread, to bread, to wine, to soup, to soup, to soup then to cigrate a couple times finnaly you ran to your door but it's not your date. Quite a sad tale for a sad man.

The graphics is okish.. hand drawn on some of them are ok. The piano music plays in the background is really good and quite well done. The game play itself makes kinda dizzy even though I have played many FPS since the camera shake and moves quite a bit.

Overall there is just not enough action to count as game action so lack of content is this pieces main problem. Picking such a sad and useless tale didn't do this game any favor either.

5/10.. another coin toss but i will give it a thumb down simply because this game is really don't bring any joy to people that plays them so I won't recommend it.
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1.2 hrs
Posted: August 3
This is what disappointment looks like. This also show how we change when we are facing a failure. Life is bitter, try to enjoy it. Don't wait for success, it won't come by itself. Shape your life it to your liking, or at least try. Otherwise you will end up being bitter, disappointed and defeated. Don't be a loser.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: July 25
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