VNs = pure reading, no gameplay (other than a few choices).Dating-sims = some reading plus gameplay based on stats, earning money, buying presents etc.. VNDB is focused mainly on VNs, though it has some VN/dating sim hybrids as well.Just browse VNDB sometime, you can browse english-translated VNs, so it's easy to find something.
In the meantime you try to get a date for the dance at the end of the year. You're a young girl from one of three fantasy races, and you choose jobs and classes to raise different skills like cooking and creativity.
At some jobs you may encounter boys to develop relationships with. The game is mostly about learning to carry out "makeup" ideas on different clients so you can get your professional license at the end.
However, along the way you also get to style your own character and date three different boys: Chris, Aaron, and Sean.
I just got into dating sims (I watched the world god only knows and wanted to play them).
The only one I played is Huniepop which idk if it even classifies as a dating sim.