Roommates is a Dating Sim from Winter Wolves, playable on both PC and smartphones. Players may choose to be one of two incoming freshmen to Latin House: either the shy, bookish Anne or rockstar-wannabe Max. After settling in, it's a year's worth of deciding schedules and keeping up with crazy roommates in hopes of getting together over spring break.Has nothing to do with the webcomic Roommates, despite having an identical name.
Tropes in Roommates the game:
All Girls Want Bad Boys: If Anne goes for Max. She describes him as being the kind of guy her parents warned her about, despite the fact that there were no guys like him within miles of her hometown.
Cloudcuckoolander: Rakesh thinks just about anything can be a good excuse for art...or a good place for art...or a good medium or tool for art... Ultimately downplayed, as he's rather lucid (if slightly kooky and a bit of a Funny Foreigner) when he's not struck by an insane muse.
Cool Big Sis: Anne's relationship with both Sally and Isabella has shades of this at first, as she's the shy country girl and both of them have a little more life experience than her.
Country Mouse: Anne is from a small town and is quite shy and sheltered at first.
Covert Pervert: While Dominic is normally straight-laced and condemns both Max and Isabella, if Anne chooses to peep on him in the bathroom, it raises his affection for her.
Crack Ship: Max has a dream where Professor Tasque tries to romantically kiss him in front of the class, and the player can choose for Max to reciprocate the feelings. Anne gets this scene as well.
Cute Bookworm: Anne is shy, quiet, and loves reading. She brought at least fifty of her favorite books to read just for fun.
Doing It for the Art: Rakesh's main motivation for doing pretty much anything is that he thought it would make good art. He says that he follows nature's example: nature doesn't ask you if you like its flowers, or expect you to pay it anything in return; it merely blooms because it feels like it.
Likely not intentional, but Rakesh's behavior brings to mind Rin Tezuka, if she were male, Indian, and more lucid.
Fanservice: Absolutely full of it, for both genders. Dominic and Max are in incredible shape, while Rakesh is slender, the female characters are thin and buxom, and everyone ends up in all the various states undress throughout the story.
The Fool: Rakesh, when the muse takes him (which is most of the time).
Form-Fitting Wardrobe: While it's somewhat believable that everyone's light summer clothes are form-fitting, their heavy winter coats and sweaters are just as tight.
Friendly Enemy: Max and Dominic don't get along in the beginning, but Max has the ability to get closer to him. At one point, when Isabella steals Dominic's clothes, Max helps him prank her back with a can of shaving cream.
Funny Foreigner: Rakesh is from India and has tried to work on becoming more Westernized, but still struggles with Blunt Metaphors Trauma on occasion. However, much of his funny comes not from cultural misunderstandings, but from being a Cloudcuckoolander artist who thinks nothing of hacking through the kitchen wall because it's too plain and needs life!
Gay Option: Max can pursue a relationship with Rakesh, and Anne can pursue a relationship with Isabella. For reference, their respective straight options are Anne, Sally, and Isabella for Max, and Max, Dominic, and Rakesh for Anne.
Green Eyes: Sally and Isabella both have green eyes. Sally's are to go along with her eco-chic mentality, while Isabella's are to mark her as a wild child.
Good Bad Girl: Isabella Really Gets Around, but it's mostly due to the fact that she thinks college is the place to get wild and crazy. Most of the guys treat her as harmless fun, though Sally obviously doesn't approve of her endless numbers of dates.
Hair Color Dissonance: Rakesh's hair is a moderately-dark grey color. Since he's Indian, it's likely that his hair is actually intended to be black but simply colored lighter so that the strands and shadows show up better.
Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Isabella has been drinking since she was sixteen and can more than hold her liquor. Sally is also one, but downplayed in favor of her other quirks. Anne can become one.
Heroes Love Dogs: Sally eventually ends up rescuing a small white puppy and smuggles him into the house. No one else seems to mind when Dominic finds out, and he relents and allows it.
Hidden Depths: Isabella is a Hard-Drinking Party Girl, she's hot and she knows it, and she has no qualms taking boys back home with her. She is, however, strictly monogamous, and while she does have a lot of flings with guys and girls, she'll take her relationship much more seriously if it's with a partner she respects.
Similarly, she finds mens' Girl on Girl Is Hot mentality annoying, and while she's not above using her sexuality to tease men, she 'is' above using it to indulge their fantasies. If she pursues a girl, it's because she's legitimately into them.
Hot for Student: Carmen teases Anne that Professor Tasque has a crush on her.
This is also part of a nightmare just after Spring Break, when Professor Tosque acts out a kiss in front of the class. Anne and Max both get it.
Ho Yay: Max flirts with all the girls and sometimes Dominic (in order to get a rise out of him.) Max gets a lot of actual Ho Yay with Rakesh if a route with him is started, and in that case it's more realistically awkward for Max.
Intoxication Ensues: Being college kids, alcohol will come up more than once. Several drinking games are played, and oftentimes, someone has to be carried into bed. Usually Max or Sally.
Lethal Chef: Sally is a vegetarian, so the others hate when she cooks and consider her to be one, though it's mostly just that they don't like meatless burgers. She gets better over the course of the story.
Mad Artist: Rakesh is one of the milder, less dangerous examples; his muse simply knows no bounds.
The Mad Hatter: When he's not in the middle of an inspiration-fueled bout of creative insanity, he understands that others perceive him as being odd, but wouldn't trade it for the world because it means he gets to see beauty in everything.
No Bisexuals: Played With, instead this time there's No Homosexuals: Isabella and Rakesh are both bi, and based on player choices Max will become bi-curious at the start of the Rakesh route, if pursued.
Obliviously Beautiful: Anne thinks she's out of place in Latin House, which she describes as being full of beautiful people and feels plain in comparison. She also convinces herself that the reason Dominic and Max throw themselves at her and compete for her attention is just out of the rivalry between the two of them, not because she's attractive. If she romances either of them, she grows out of it,
One Game for the Price of Two: You can play the first month of either character's story for free, but to complete the year, you'll have to buy Anne and Max separately. Thankfully, they're fairly cheap at $15 each, meaning the full experience costs less than your average boxed game for PC; if you're playing on a smartphone, though, the price seems astronomical in comparison to most apps.
Only Sane Man: Dominic believes himself to be this. Sometimes Anne feels the same.
Not So Above It All: Though Anne goes out with Isabella and Max often, and Dominic cuts loose with drinking games from time to time.
Please Put Some Clothes On: When Isabella prances downstairs in a towel, Dominic scolds her to go get dressed before waltzing around the house. When she steals his clothes, he'll beg Anne or Max to pass him a towel. Anne can peek on him (raising his affection)
Pretty in Mink: Isabella's winter outfit includes a heavy coat with leopard-print collar and cuffs that highly resembles Pimp Duds.
Proper Tights with a Skirt: Anne's winter outfit adds a pair of tights under her miniskirt for some added warmth, though one questions why she doesn't buy a longer skirt or some sweatpants instead.
School Uniforms are the New Black: The fact that Anne's classmate Carmen and a random extra named Roxanne both wear outfits identical to Anne's everyday one would imply that it is a uniform of some kind, but no one ever mentions it or why none of your other housemates are ever seen in anything resembling a uniform.
Shirtless Scene: All the guys will end up in various states of undress at some point or another.
Shower of Awkward: Naturally, given this is a co-ed house with six roommates and only one bathroom.
In one scene, Rakesh decides to cover himself in oil-based paint in order to use his chest as a paintbrush on his bedroom walls. Anne or Max points out that the paint might be toxic, and he immediately runs to take a shower. She or he attempts to help, but the paint is stuck. Anne looks online for a way to remove it and discovers(and Max already knows thanks to a family member) that mayonnaise might work. Neither of them thought anything of this until Isabella walks in and points out how kinky covering someone in mayonnaise is; Anne or Max insists it is Not What It Looks Like and the shower immediately turns awkward.
In another, Dominic's clothes are stolen by Isabella while he's in the shower. If Anne politely hands him a towel from behind the door, the next time he sees her (while chasing down Isabella) results in him being extremely embarrassed despite the fact that she didn't see him naked.
Single Woman Seeks Good Man: If Anne pursues either Dominic or Rakesh, though for different reasons. Dominic is stable and mature, while Rakesh is more a romantic dreamer.
The Smart Guy: Dominic, though he's drawn with a physique and hair color that would more suggest him to be the Dumb Jock; he's extremely keen on studying and keeping grades up, as well as insuring that the others do the same. He's also quite the gamer nerd.
Street Musician: Max accidentally ends up being one when he takes his guitar out on the campus commons and starts playing. He left his case open, so people walking by naturally started dropping money.
Uptight Loves Wild: If Anne pursues either Max or Isabella, they're definitely this trope. Max pursuing Sally could also be a form of it, though Sally isn't quite as uptight as the uptight half of a couple usually is; she's just not as wild as Max.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Max insults his best friend Memphis more than he does Dominic, the guy who he actually hates at first. Memphis dishes the verbal abuse on Max just as much. If their relationship improves, Max becomes this to Dominic.
Waiting for a Break: Max intends to work odd jobs and bum through college until he's famous enough to drop out and start his own band full-time.