You are not hallucinating friends, the title for this article is real! We are now able to woo the silver fox himself in, I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator. The game follows the style of several popular Japanese dating sims, featuring a very good looking and younger Colonel Sanders who is a top student at the local culinary school. Developer Psyop worked alongside publisher KFC (yes they publish games and make tasty fried chicken) to bring this pun filled game to life. It does not shy away from your typical dating sims scenarios but brings on the fantastic food and puns including a crack at the eleven secret herbs and spices.
Thankfully we get a much younger and good looking Colonel Sanders who seems to be the hottest guy in the school. Each character visually follows a similar trope to the classic dating sims including the player’s best friend, arch nemesis, villain’s partner and some side characters who are just there to make the story go on. However, we get one of the best-est boys ever in the form of Sprinkles. The corgi teacher who leads the class in their daily activities and misadventures.
The game follows a simple text and image type flow which shows the characters involved in the conversation with changing expressions depending on the situation. We are also treated to some pretty far out cut scenes when the characters transcend existence thanks to some pretty good food. Of course it includes a very anime type style with bright colors and lots and lots of pink. This just adds to the over the top campiness of the game itself.
I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator follows the same type of story line mechanic that several different dating sims include. You read through quite a bit of voice lines to get an idea of what is going on, get asked a question every once in a while to push the story in one of several directions and hope for the best. However, much to my surprise we get a little boss battle in the form of turn based combat against a spork monster as well as a timed question event that goes array when you are too busy lusting over the Colonel himself. The mechanics really help to keep the game play simple while keeping the player invested in the story. Honestly, if you had told me this game was published by an actual gaming company I would have believed you. They did a great job balancing between game mechanics and tripy out of this world moments. Needless to say that the story is what really drives these kinds of games anyway.
I honestly can’t tell you if I am more interested in uncovering the secret herbs and spices behind KFC’s famous chicken or living the rest of my days next to that silver fox, but I am all for it. The game does a great job of making you think you know what is going on, and then Colonel Sanders rolls up to school on the back of a stallion. Let’s also not forget that we have a student who turns into a ghost in the beginning and needs to save the world but just can’t get anyone to listen to him for more than 5 seconds. The story line is a bit all over the place, but what would you expect from a game where the golden items seem to be iconic items from the KFC menu?
This game is free, which should be even more of a reason to add it to your library. Not to mention you get to try and woo a really good looking Colonel Sanders whose only dream is to open a successful chicken franchise. I don’t think we are going to get the true secret recipe for their famous fried chicken, but one of my favorite YouTube shows, Binging with Babish comes really close in an episode where he recreates a meal from The Stranger Things. But really do yourself a favor, download this game and enjoy the iconic campiness of another dating sim that can’t seem to stop poking fun at itself.
I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator is available now on PC through Steam.