Keeping you updated on the latest in English otome games!
Here you'll find information about traditional visual novel style GxB otome games, RPGs with otome elements, as well as GxG games made for a female audience.
An otome game (乙女ゲーム, otome gēmu, literally meaning girl game) is a story based video game that is targeted towards a female market. Generally one of the goals, besides the main plot goal, is to develop a romantic relationship between the female player character and one of several male, or occasionally female characters.
The Cinderella Contract
Release dates (Android)
Japanese: December 7th, 2013
English: April 15th, 2014
"You, a linguistically gifted correspondent, go with a client to a party filled with foreign socialites. Wait, are they…princes?! These gorgeous guys clamor around poor, disoriented you. You let a prince escort you the rest of the evening, which passes by like a dream.
Then, the next day, as you’re about to fly back home, you get caught up in an investigation, and coming to your rescue is none other than a prince from last night! What’s more, he demands that you enter a contract marriage with him as thanks…you can’t turn down his command! Under contract, will you find true love?”
This is a new, free game by Arithmetic! You can download the Android version here. The iPhone version should be available soon!
Dear Otome Fandom:
So recently there’s been a lot of hate directed at the heroine from the upcoming game, Gakuen K. For a rebuttal of that stupidity, I recommend reading this excellent post by danceanddestroy.
The complaints I see lobbed at this character are complaints I see thrown at any number of MCs; complaints that are not based on an individual personality within the context of its circumstances, but instead based on cultural differences, subjective taste, and on the basic tenants of characterization (like a heroine daring to have flaws!).
For everything else, all I want to say is this:
Women shouldn’t have to be written to meet your standard of acceptable for you to respect them. Strength comes in more than one form and I am sick of this fandom’s narrow definition of what a “strong woman” is, and even more so knowing it isn’t willing to apply the same standard to the male characters/love interests.
I am tired of reading posts bashing a heroine for not being a STRONG INDEPENDENT WOMAN© who can kick boxes, carry a gun and be an unbelievable sass master. I’m not begrudging people’s preferences or enjoyment of a certain character type; I’m annoyed by the fact that one type is seen as inherently superior to another. We allow love interests to have diverse and varying personalities but the heroines can only ever be one thing.
Strength can be defined mentally, emotional, and physically, and all three are equally important.
There are enough constraints on female characters as it is; stop creating more arbitrary hoops for them to jump through.
Shall we Date?: Never Look Back
Release date (Android)
English: April 7th, 2014
”Together with three young men, you are on a rescue mission to save a kidnapped princess from the underworld. Along the way, there are challenges you must face; these challenges will lead you to discover many things, including the love of your life…”
This is a new game by NTT Solmare! You can get the Android version here. The iPhone version should be released soon!
Arabian Nights Love Story
Release dates (iPhone, Android)
English: February 16th, 2014
"You’re working as a nurse in a hospital. One day, you come to say good bye to one of your patients, Fujishima, who’s about to leave the hospital. To thank you for all your hard work, he offers you a lamp.
Back to home, you rub the lamp, and you’re sucked in by force! When you open your eyes, a man you don’t know is facing you. The man is the genie of the lamp; he tells you that you have to fulfill the wishes each person has made if you want to go back to your world.
You’re doing your best to find out how to fullfil their wishes…perhaps this is the beginning of a new love story. ”
This is a free game released in February by OKKO! You can get it for Android here, or for iPhone here.
Release date (iPhone)
English: December 16th, 2013
”Would you dance, practice the piano, or perhaps embroider a handkerchief? Take tea with your mother, visit an old friend, or ask after a new acquaintance, who just so happens to own a rather fetching waistcoat? Walk in the woods with a dashing companion, or discuss poetry with a reserved gentleman friend?
Experience life in the British Regency as a young gentlewoman, where you must maintain proper decorum, sharpen your wits, and find a suitable husband!”
This is a game released late last year by Tea for Three Studios! You can get it for iPhone here for USD$4.99.
Just a heads up: I’m going to be making a few posts for games that aren’t necessarily new, and that I somehow missed in the past. Sorry if these will be repeat news to some of you!
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Release date (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
English: April 2nd, 2014
"A seven-year drought plagues the entire region surrounding the country of Nishtif, leading people to wonder if their goddess Scheknt has abandoned them. In contrast, young noblewoman Neqtia has lived a comfortable life insulated from hardship and suffering.
One of the poorer surrounding countries, Djedi, sends their usual tribute of natural resources and livestock to Nishtif in exchange for the larger country’s aid and protection. Rumors that two attractive slaves are among the cargo intrigue Neqtia. What lies in store for her after the slaves are brought to live at her family estate…?”
This is a new game from Cyanide Tea, made for NaNoRenO 2014! You can pay as much as you’d like for the game, or download it for free here. If you do not wish to pay, simply enter your email address, and $0 in the contribution field. You can visit the official website here.