Kioux wrote:I'm just checking out the game and love it so far - but I still haven't figured something out... what exactly is responsible for improving a relationship? And what does it take a certain number of dates to get a single bar filled up?
I managed become friends with some of them before, but I have no idea why and so far I have not found a really good answer anywhere... or maybe I am blind...
Anyway, all help would be appreciated.
Yeah, wearing the style of clothes that a guy likes will boost your relationship. If he gives you a birthday gift, definitely wear that the next time you date him, because he'll be happy to know that you like it. Each guy (with the exception of Beck) has styles that he likes and dislikes. Wearing something he likes improves the relationship, wearing something he dislikes will have a negative effect.
Dating him at his job, if he has one, also works out best when you're first getting to know him, though once you get to about
level, you can start asking him to go other places. He'll let you know pretty readily what he likes and doesn't like. I think dialogue options also affect relationship gain when you're on a date with a guy, because if he's not having fun, he probably won't like you much. It's easier to tell with some of the guys than with others which choices are good ones, but in general, agreeing with him and not forcing him to do stuff he hates are good idea.
For some characters, befriending one of the girls will help--like, you can't really date Beck effectively unless you're friends with Lamb, because that's the only way to meet him before, like, March. (And if you're going for Dys's ending, you have to be at
level with Shuppin by Christmas.)
Also, the creator has mentioned that some of the guys are easier to date than others, and that's pretty noticeable on some paths. Perth, for example, doesn't complain very much about your dialogue and date choices, and it takes relatively few encounters to fill his bar. Ditto for Marius--once you get him to friendly level, he seems to fall in love with you pretty quickly.
On the other end of the spectrum, Beck takes a serious and concerted effort. You basically have to chase after him for the entire game, and he demands really high stats, especially Charm, to unlock his best ending. He's notable for being the only regular guy who doesn't start calling you for dates once his relationship bar fills up all the way. Rhett can also be kind of challenging, since there's not a lot of things that he really likes to do, and you don't get a lot of chances to interact with him if you don't do the Drama club. This is one case where giving him a birthday gift REALLY helps.
Raising your stats is pretty important, too, and the guy you have the highest relationship will comment on it when your stats start getting up to a level he likes. In general, you should shoot for 70-80 in each stat by the end of Christmas break, and 130 by the end of the game. It's not as hard as it seems, as long as you balance your activities. If you're really having trouble, try completing some of the girls' paths first, because the items they give you are insanely helpful. Dys's and Petime's ending gifts, in particular, will come in handy if you want to get any of Beck's endings.
As for the girls, they're actually pretty easy to max out (except for Lamb, possibly). For Merle and Dys, you just need to join the Netball club, raise your stats, and hang out with them once in a while on the weekends. To max Lamb's relationship, focus on building your Smarts and Charm during the fall, and take every possible opportunity to invite her out. Even when she turns you down, you get a small boost in affection.
To even meet Petime, you have to be a member of the Music club. Like Perth, she's pretty easy to max out because she really WANTS to be your friend. Just be nice to her and date her occasionally. To meet Lufika properly, you have to date Marius at the Arcade a few times (somewhere between 3 and 5, I think). You need a fairly high Social skill before she'll agree to hang out with you, but after that, she's also quite easy to build relationship with.
For all of the girls, you need to have their relationship completely maxed out and none of the guys' bars filled in order to qualify for the ending. Another good way to gain relationship with a girl is that when she invites you to the fair, you should let her ride both rides with the guy she likes--it won't affect your relationship with him, but it will increase her liking for you.
Oh, and dating ANYONE on Valentine's Day, guy or girl, will improve your relationship with them. Except for Beck, I think, since he's, uh, busy that day.
Anyway, I hope that helps. If you need more info, you should definitely check out the Super 63 forums, there's a lot of good tips there. I'm also working on a guide to getting Beck's best ending, because it took me about six tries, and while the official walkthrough is pretty good, there's a lot of information that's omitted.
So...yeah. Sorry for the wall of text.