Tusks: The Orc Dating Sim

Tusks: The Orc Dating Sim is a dating sim/visual novel begun during NaNoRenO 2015. Tusks features the player playing as a male orc, forming a group with a number of other orcs as they travel across a semi-historical semi-mythical Scotland, and forging relationships with them ranging from friendship, romance, to something else entirely, defined by the player.

You can support the game and get the most recent preview build via Patreon, download and play the next most recent preview build via itch.io for free, and find out more about the setting and characters, ask questions, and get updates on the game's progress at the Tusks tumblr page!


Tusks: The Orc Dating Sim focuses on a newly-formed family of gay orcs who are travelling from the annual orcish assembly to the Highlands of a semi-mythical Scotland. Along the way, the player can begin friendships and relationships with the various members of the group, including a selkie a long way away from home, a gentle-giant orcish warrior, and a polyamorous trio of orc chieftains.


  • Malgóm, one of the group’s three chiefs, with an unusual power.
  • Sithig, a boar-like grise concerned with the sensual and aesthetic.
  • Brocgin, an orcish scholar adapted to city life.
  • Ror, the second of the group’s three chiefs, and a pragmatic leader.
  • Aed, a human whose well-meaning enthusiasm can get out of hand.
  • Cennedig, the third of the three chiefs of the group, heading north to ‘find his home’.
  • Domnol, an orcish courier, who shows up sometime after the group begin their journey.
  • Ggorom, a selkie returning to his home under the sea, near the Outer Hebrides.
  • Ferdag, a warrior; effective in a fight, but keen on finding peaceful methods of resolving conflict, too.


Tusks was initially conceived during NaNoRenO 2015, a game jam taking place throughout the month of March where contestants were challenged to develop a visual novel. By the time the jam had finished, Tusks had grown from a short game about interacting with orcs as romantic interests to an expansive narrative exploring outsider status, game tropes, and identity.

Tusks is currently in development. New preview builds are posted on Patreon first; the most current is "DOMDORRACH", available to patrons as of September 2017. The previous pay-what-you-want preview build, "CAELTAGG", is available via itch.io.

The final release for Tusks is expected before the end of 2017.

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