It’s been quite a while since I posted, and I’ve made some changes in my otome gaming fandom. I stopped ordering otome game magazines from Japan, so I’m not as aware of the new JP games coming out. I don’t mind this, because I’m also pulling back on ordering the games themselves. I’m trying to save money to pay off some debt, and though this is my only real hobby, it’s pretty expensive. I’m still hoping to get the games I want eventually, but I’d rather save up money for a trip to Japan and get them there without spending so much on shipping and customs (I just heard how much more we’re charged on customs in Canada compared to other countries, and guys, it makes me really sad) – especially since I like the extras.
Anyways, even if I don’t get new imported games, there’s still lots for me to talk about. Besides all the JP games I have that I haven’t played yet or thoroughly, there are more and more games coming out in English! And of course, all the mobile otome games. So I’m planning on focusing more on those for the next while.
To start off, here are some English otome games that I’m working on reviews for and where I’m playing them:
And I’d like to review Amnesia and Code:Realize too, since I don’t think I reviewed the JP versions.
Also, Kickstarter has emerged as a pretty important way for developers to get the funding for otome games, so I’ll probably do some coverage of that as well – just today I backed a few really promising games:
Legend of Rune: A BL / Gay Visual Novel RPG
A Foretold Affair
Cinderella Phenomenon – the studio making this game also has a free browser-based otome game that I’m currently enjoying a lot, Locked Heart.
Are there any games you think I’d enjoy that aren’t on my list yet? Please let me know!
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.
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)
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]
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.