Ariane's Second Date
Entry 1721 posted in: a. ArianeB
NEW: THE ARIANEB WALKTHROUGHS have now got their own domain:
My latest ArianeB related post dates from end July 2010 when ArianeB 6.45 was released and it is pretty sure to be the final version of this (free!) adult simulation game that has attracted a couple of million players.
Unfinished Projects more or less unwillingly surfed on the same wave of success. I started playing the game in 2007 when I discovered the fourth generation of Virtual Date Ariane, probably because it had been mentioned on Shark's Lagoon. I found the game witty, intelligent and sexy - let us not forget the sexy aspect - and it had quite a few expected and unexpected situations.
Should you happen to be one of those people who don't know what ArianeB, Virtual Date Ariane, Ariane Barnes or Ariane Brodie is all about (all the previous names have - at one moment or another - been used) then here is a summary, taken from one of my first walkthroughs for the game:
ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane is an adult dating simulator with a lot of different scenarios and outcomes. The story is fairly simple, make a date with Ariane and try to get her in the sack! Of course this sounds easier than it is and that is exactly what makes this game worthwhile. The best way is to experiment with the different situations the game offers and to learn from past mistakes. (Taken from: Behavioral Studies, 2007.)
I wanted to explore all possible scenarios in the game (an impossible goal, I realised later) and started to note down my findings although the truth obliges me to say that I pinched most solutions from websites and forums from all over the globe, especially the Shark's Lagoon forum that had (and still has) a quite active adult gaming section. Unfinished Projects soon became the Internet spot containing the most complete collection of solutions for Virtual Date Ariane. I have to thank the fans of the game who send me solutions before I even had the chance to go looking after it or who discovered situations that I didn't see.
The game itself mushroomed, not only in size - rising from roughly 580 images to about 1300 - but also in popularity, and so did evidently my walkthroughs that were upgraded whenever a new version was released. This brought a new set of problems as I merely had been altering or completing previous walkthroughs so that, after a while, nobody could find back anymore what they were looking for.
I found a solution, I think, by adding an ArianeB link on the top right of every page that will automatically lead to the most recent walkthroughs of the game. It might have helped because a couple of days ago I found out that my blog has celebrated its second million visitor.
ArianeB v6.45 is the most recent release of Virtual Date Ariane and it seems that it will be the last for quite a while. Its maker had already hinted in January that he had quite a few new scenarios but that he was thinking to use these for a second game and in April he expressed the wish to 'wrap this project up and start something new'.
Bit by bit we get to know the (graphical) direction the new game will evolve into. In August it was announced that work on an ArianeB sequel had started and that its maker has been redesigning some existing backgrounds, like the town centre with the lingerie shop and the bar, the burger joint and the downtown restaurant.
While the maker has been hinting that Ariane's Second Date (my title, not his) will see new scenes in a hair salon and a movie theatre, he is very reluctant to let us know something about the new scenarios, and quite rightly so. So for the moment all we can do is look at some very promising renders of the new neighbourhood and to forget that there are still over a thousand images to create…
ArianeB, Virtually Date Ariane, Ariane Brodie or Ariane Barnes can be found on about a dozen places on the web, but the official version can be found here, playable online or as a download: http://arianeb.com/dategame.htm.
The most recent bunch of walkthroughs can be found at: All in one
The official ArianeB blog is located at: Ariane's Life in the Metaverse.