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Valentine's Day Special: 5 video games for every stage of your relationship

Whether it's your first or your 50th Valentine's Day together, a dinner or movie date would be the obvious choice, just like chocolates and flowers.

This year, why not try playing a video game with your significant other? But hold on -- just like how you would choose a happy rom-com over a weepy tragedy or blockbuster action flick on Feb 14, you've got to choose the right game. We help you choose the perfect one for your relationship.

For the new couple:

Fingle, for iPad (https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/fingle-free/id574412101?mt=8)

Everything's still a little awkward and giggly as you try to figure each other out. Break the ice with this iPad app for two players. Your hands are bound to overlap and laughter is guaranteed as you each try to keep track of moving spots on the screen with your fingers. The app's description puts it best - with Fingle, you're "creating intimate moments with intertwined hands". It's the perfect way to get more familiar.

For those who just got engaged:

Animal Crossing: New Leaf, for Nintendo 3DS

Congratulations! You've decided recently that you want to spend your life together. What better way to glimpse into your future life together than this charming, bucolic village simulator. Share the charms of discovering the small, happy surprises of life together, and spot those bad habits early - if she's leaving those weeds unplucked, or if his house is a disorganised mess, you still have plenty of time to fix it.

For the newlyweds:

Portal 2, for PC, Mac, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Building a life together is hard, so you'd best get a head start in tackling life's problems by attempting to summit this first-person puzzler. As you and your loved one master Portal 2's brain teasers, you'll learn that success is only possible through communication and cooperation - priceless advice to take into your new life together.

For new parents:

Flower for PlayStation 3, 4 and Vita, Proteus for PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 3 and Vita

You’ve managed to steal a day away from taking care of your newborn. What to do? If you’re too exhausted for a romantic night out, indulge in some digital sightseeing with this pair of games. You blow a petal through the air by tilting your controller in Flower, guiding it through beautiful natural landscapes, while walking through Proteus’ abstract-looking islands, watching the seasons change, is a more passive experience.

For the sweet old couple:

Wii Sports, for Wii

This multiplayer classic, the best-selling game of all time, drew in audiences beyond typical gamers in the millions. Keep active and healthy as you age gracefully with a few gentle rounds of tennis or golf together this Valentine's Day.

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