While the two genres often share a common visual presentation, dating sims are sometimes considered to be more statistically based than the "choose your own adventure" style of visual novels.
An otome game (乙女ゲーム, literally meaning "girl" or "maiden" game) is a story based video game that is targeted towards the female market.
It's about a shut-in high school student that gets involved in a murder case and must cope with that and the errant delusions he faces.
School Days is a popular Dating Sim game for the PC with an all ages version for the PS2.
Whether he does the right thing, wrong thing, stupid thing, or funny thing is up to you.
Beard and body hair options available for all the guys.