Downloading games legally

May 9th, 2011

A lot of smaller studios start out by making otome games for the PC because it’s much cheaper than making a console game. Unfortunately for fans outside Asia, it’s very hard and more expensive to buy Japanese PC games legally (definitely here in North America, and I’m pretty sure about South America, Europe and Africa as well). If you want to support otome games but still get games cheaply, there is a great way to do it. Many commercial BL and several otome games are available as downloads on the site dlsite.com or gyutto.com (though I’ve only bought from dlsite – you can use a foreign credit card there). Right now the selection is limited, but the games available are actually from smaller, newer studios, so it makes even more sense to pay so that they can afford to make more games.

Souten no Kanata banner
I am finally playing Souten no Kanata after finding it at dlsite. This game will actually be released on PSP by MIO shortly. I’m playing the original PC version, which I found for download at a much better price than if I ordered it! It’s even cheaper than the PSP version will be, although I think the PSP might have extra stuff added in.

One thing to note is that you have to be at least 18 to view the websites, as there are many R18 games. I’d also recommend you use the links I have here (I’m not an affiliate or anything), since the main site is mostly hentai for guys stuff.

Here’s the top site for the commercial games for girls: http://booksl.dlsite.com/circle/report/=/report/2011012111 (the BL games are at the top, scroll down for the otome games).

The current list of commercial otome games available:
Souten no Kanata (I have been dying to play this, and it’s only 4800Y! Much better than almost $100 to order the PC version by mail)
Asaki, Yumemishi
Palais de Reine (I actually ordered this by mail, I cry for the wasted money!)
Palais de Reine fandisk
Ayashi no Miya (got this one by mail too)
Oukyuu Yasoukyoku [R18]
Hush-a-bye, baby

DLsite also has a thriving ‘doujin’ game list. This pretty much means ‘indie games’, and just like casual apps, there is a huge variety in quality, price, and availability. There are many many many BL games available, and a small (but growing) number of otome indie games available. I buy most of those when I see them as well, maybe I’ll do another post on them sometime. The BL and otome main page is hana.dlsite.com.

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4 Responses to “Downloading games legally”

  1. dork at large says:

    If you go to the English DLSite and select the ‘search’ tab, then you can limit the results to ‘Audience: Female-oriented.’ Furthermore, you can select three potential age ratings (worksafe only, adults only, or both). Most products are in Japanese.

    Hanako Games currently has two English games on eng.dlsite.com, and Sakevisual has one available there.

  2. Mimichii says:

    I’ve heard about Dlsite for a while now, it’s pretty nice actually I like it a lot!! It’s way cheaper and I prefer it over mail order, I usually buy a lot of doujin games from there. I feel like it’s becoming more popular, and I hope more otome game companies will start using it. You just started playing Souten no Kanata?? I’ve had it on my computer for a while, but I didn’t realize the game system would be so strange haha!!

  3. CN says:

    ToT thank you. seriously. i haven’t tried it yet, but I hope this works, and even if it doesn’t, you are awesome for posting this!!

  4. Hey, very interesting information. This will really come in handy once I re-start with my Japanese studies. Souten no Kanata sounds interesting… I might check it out once I get enough resources.

    Thanks for sharing! :D

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