Tender is a narrative game that explores connection and rejection in the era of swipe culture. It’s a story told by and through the modern interface for finding love.
- Swipe through hundreds of intergalactic profiles
- Chat with your matches and hope the sparks fly
- Schedule dates in your calendar and play them out in real time
- Unfold a vast array of branching storylines
CW: Toxic relationships
Written by Gideon Lazarus
Art by Jie En Lee
Programmed by Kenny Sun
Minor bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Kinda a steal for the price
The few things I would say I maybe don't like are the amount of profiles without pictures, it's hard to tell if those are supposed to be just dud accounts or if they'll be filled in later or what. If you're someone who forgets things or has a unstable schedule the dates can be easy to miss sometimes too. I think that's kinda it. Oh, I also don't like that George always unmatchs bc I love the over detailed ramblings and I want him to stay :'(
The pacing is slow but I think it really adds to the story in the sense of giving the app a realistic feel to it. I also like how characters are a mixed bag, some are pretty much dead ends or the conversation can't go anywhere. Not only is this also realistic, but those interactions can be just as fun and entertaining as the gems you find on the app. There's also a high replayability, I've replayed a couple times now and you can not only go after different people but also play around with different conversations and see how responses might change. Looking forward to how they may add to this game in the future, but right now it's def worth the price for an entertaining story and endearing characters.
Had fun, but... (spoilers, potentially)
The game is fun, it's cute, the art is appealing, and it was nice to be able to play in short bursts rather than having to spend all my time on it. Also inclusive dating games are essentially nonexistent. They're ALL aimed at women, even if they say they aren't. So bonus points for that. I enjoyed playing it, and I'm currently running through it a second time. My only real issues with it are the fact that the only two dudes who might be considered "my type" (motorcycles, tough types) are both kind of gross from all that I was able to see. One of them is high-key abusive right out of the gate. I'm not really keen on that stereotype, when that's all we see represented. And there are two polyamorous options. One of which is without the other partner's knowledge (so.. not actually polyam), and the other is a dysfunctional relationship. That's also a kind of obnoxious stereotype about polyamorous relationships. Yeah, sure, you probably run into a lot of that on dating apps. But it was disappointing in a game. It would also be nice to know the gender of the characters before you go on a date with them lol. I don't mind dating in-game outside of my irl preferences, but it was weird to find out a character I assumed was a guy was actually a woman. Or one of the first characters I met was referred with with neutral pronouns, but I would have assumed they were male.
A cute VN for people (like me) who aren’t big VN fans
Tender is a cute and creative dating sim VN where you date fellow-millennial monsters through a dating app. The gameplay is similar to real life Tinder: swipe left or right on the profiles and communicate with those you match with. The game takes place over a number of days where people respond in an amount of time based on their respective personality. For some, that might inspire impatience and frustration, but for those coming at it from a more casual perspective, it’s a nice relaxing pace that rewards you being selective about who you match with.
But all of that is available in screenshots and other reviews so I’ll answer one question that you may still have: “is Tender worth the 2.99 USD price point?” Yes, and it’s worth even more to me. There are no ads or locked paths, not to mention plenty of replay-ability to boot. I would have gladly shelled out 5 bucks for this and still have been absolutely delighted. If you’re on the fence because it’s a premium game, please take a chance and support these artists’ work.
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- Kenny Sun
- 353 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- © 2021 Kenny Sun
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