History[ edit ] The first otome game is generally acknowledged to be Angelique , released in by Koei in Japan for the Super Famicom , and created by an all-woman team. In , Famitsu 's listings for the Top 20 selling love games included seven otome games. Since then there have been a small handful of releases increasing each year, including Hakuoki: Otome games that are released on console and handheld platforms contain no pornographic content, as companies such as Sony and Nintendo do not allow it.
Some games were originally released for the PC with pornographic content, and were later toned down and re-released for the PS2. Other common elements in otome games are the importance of voice acting,  CG stills, and a small epilogue or set scene at the end of the game when a character is successfully finished. Gameplay[ edit ] Traditionally, the goal of these games is to have the desired partner fall in love and have a relationship with the player character, but the requirements for gaining a "good end" differ from game to game.
While the plots of otome games differ greatly, there is usually a single female main character, and several good-looking males of varying "types". Gameplay occasionally does not particularly focus on romance, even if there are several characters whose "routes" you can follow. In the visual novel examples of the genre, the player proceeds in the story by selecting dialogue or action choices which affect their relationships in a decision tree format.
In simulation otome games, there is also other gameplay which affects the plot, either by playing minigames or by raising stats. The main character often has several parameters, such as looks, style, intelligence, talent, etc. The potential partners usually require a certain parameter or parameters to be at a certain level for them to fall in love with you.
There is also often a pure dating aspect of gameplay in simulations. This involves asking or being asked on dates by the love interest, doing an activity with them, and responding to their questions or comments.
The player has a choice of responses, and a correct answer will raise your standing with that character. The love interests are often voiced by well-known voice actors. At certain points, or when the player passes certain requirements, special events can occur, often with a "CG" computer graphic as a reward.
This CG is a set picture featuring the love interest and sometimes the main character in a pose, and some dialogue. Neo Angelique and Meine Liebe , and popular manga series getting adapted to videogames such as Nana. Some examples of simultaneous releases of a manga and otome game also exist such as Angelique and Full House Kiss.
It's also common to find doujinshi featuring popular characters from otome games. Notable otome games[ edit ].