Keeping you updated on the latest in official and fan released versions of English otome games!
Here you'll find information about traditional visual novel style 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 Maiden Game) is a video game that is targeted towards a female market, where one of the main goals, besides the plot goal, is to develop a romantic relationship between the female player character and one of several male, or occasionally female characters."
Release Date (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
English: April 2nd, 2013
“Zayo Byron is the last person you want to meet while wandering around alone at night. Well, guess what fate has brought to you~”
This is another free game created for NaNoRenO 2013! You can download it here.
Poyo Yo! Demon Preview 1.0
“Yuu holds no love for demons. Because of them, Yuu has always had to crossdress to hide her identity. When she joins GateLight Corp, a supposedly ordinary, renewable energy company, she never thought she would end up having to confront them…”
FINISHED one month NaNoRenO challenge! As I’ve said before, its still a rough version. But playable throughout! We could only finish one route with our busy schedule.
Enjoy! Feedback through note, comments, email (POYOSTUDIO at gmail) would be awesome! If it has enough interest we will go back and work on it some more this year…or else it’ll be like all my other projects floating around XD;;
More info at the Lemma Soft Forums.
Thanks to Lucathia(tumblr) for being a part of this project!
Days of the Divine
Release Date (Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android)
English: April 2nd, 2013
“Long ago, in a valley where a small village lay, two deities fought each other. One was imprisoned, the other vanished. Yet some time ago, an unnatural mist began lingering in the village, dissolving people’s memories.
Biyu, a young shrine maiden, is now working her hardest in the shrine of one of these deities in the faint hope the mist will one day dissolve. Even though her good friend also lost his memory, not all hope is lost; she meets a stranger who seems to be recovering from his memory loss, and rather quickly as well…”
This is a free game created for NaNoRenO 2013! You can download it here.
There is now also a version for Android. You can get it here!
(big thanks to @erenrusso for coming up with the idea in the first place!!)
WHERE: the Internet
WHEN: April 5-7
WHO: You!!! Me!!! Us!!!
WHAT: Make some dating sims!!!
WHY: ‘CAUSE WE CAN!!!
HOW: Any way you want!!! Recommended tools include, but are not limited to, Ren’Py and Twine. Both are easy to learn and accessible: Ren’Py outputs versions of your game for Win/Mac/Linux, and Twine just puts out an HTML file you can put online. You can use any tool you want, though! Here’s some handy links:
- TwineHub is a great place to start if you’re interested in playing and making Twine games. Its resources section is really helpful. If you want a good starting place, definitely check out Anna Anthropy’s Twine tutorial.
- Ren’Py is a great visual novel engine, and it has a pretty good Quickstart guide on the website. If you want to do more complicated things or just make your game a little jazzier, I’m really fond of the Cookbook as well.
- Need some music or sound effects? Try nosoapradio.us or Freesound!
- Need art or fonts? Try Openclipart and Lost Type!
- Yes, you can use concepts and artwork you’ve made in the past as a starting point!
- Yes, you can collaborate!
You don’t have to sign up anywhere for this jam. All I ask is that you tag your entries with #pphsjam on tumblr, and use the #pphsjam hashtag on twitter! That way we’ll all be able to see each other’s work :^)
Because this is happening next weekend, you have some time to familiarize yourself with any tools you want to use, do any planning etc. beforehand! It’s up to you!
If you have any questions, or you’d like to submit other resources for people to use, please go ahead and send me an ask!
You may have noticed that I have not specified what counts as a “dating sim!” This is intentional! Don’t worry about it! Just go for it!!!!
This seems like it’ll be really fun! If you’re free next weekend and are interested in making a short dating sim, I’d definitely suggest participating. Here are some more tools you may think about using to create your game. Good luck!
Edit: If you’d like to arrange working on a collaboration with someone, feel free to do so in the chatroom on the left-hand side of this page.
Winter Wolves is having an Easter Sale!
To get 40% off on any of their games, simply enter the code EASTER in the discount code box at the checkout until April 3rd, 2013.
• Always Remember Me (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
• Heileen: Sail Away (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
• Heileen 2: The Hands of Fate (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
• Heileen 3: New Horizons (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
• Heileen 3: Sea Maidens (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
• The Flower Shop: Winter in Fairbrook (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
• Love and Order (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
• Spirited Heart (Windows)
• Spirited Heart (Mac OS)
• Spirited Heart Girl’s Love (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
Any game marked with the sign in this case means it is a completely GxG game. Love and Order, Heileen and Heileen 2 have GxG options as well.
Let your bird appear in the Hatoful world!
Now Hatoful Boyfriend needs more bird stock photos for the new characters!
Would you give me your nice pictures for VN?
- The photo must be taken by yourself.
- RGB/jpeg/height:more than 800px
- The deadline date is Apr 6.
- You cannot make the character’s profile and name. Sorry.
- I will credit your name.
- You can send many photos, not just one.
Please send your bird photo to Moa! (Up to 10MB)
I’ll email you when your bird photo is received.
Here are some photos for reference. (Japanese blog, sorry!)
The first one is a good example. All of other pictures are bad ones.
“I think the most important things anyone can do are pay attention to what people are asking for, and treat the genre and its fans with the same respect anything else gets. I think there’s sometimes a tendency to dismiss otome games as just “Oh ha ha pretty boys”—which, to be fair, is something I’m probably guilty of from time to time—but a lot of them have plot and character depth that put other games to shame. They get pushed to the side or made fun of a lot, likely because gaming is still kind of a boys club, but my hope is that as they become more and more common otome games will get the same treatment in terms of coverage, marketing, and discourse that our other story-heavy games like 999 and Virtue’s Last Reward do.”
— Ben Bateman, Aksys Games editor (and probably one of the coolest dudes in the industry).
I’m so glad this was said, and I’m glad it was said on Siliconera, since both readerbase and staff alike seemed to not really grasp that a couple of months back when it was brought to them. It’s a valid and true point — and something that needs to be remembered.
This interview is a really great read, so if you have a few minutes, definitely go check it out!
(Source: zikzins, via runicv)
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Get Dumped ☆
Release Date (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
English: March 15th, 2013
“Michi has been living nothing short of a shoujo manga romance with her perfect boyfriend… until he asked for a break up. Lost and confused, Michi asks for one last date. Now she aims to find out the reason he chose to do it and get him back!”
This is a free otome game by a new producer called Macuyo. You can download it here!
Edit: Macuyo/Yui has asked me to add her reply regarding the initial reactions to this game. You can find it here (warning, there will be slight spoilers). The description has also been altered slightly.