I have recently been binge playing otome games on both my computer as well as my phone. The Otome’s I play on my computer, I usually use my controller to play, since it is easier and I am lazy. This has got me thinking about the original meaning of the word, otome, and how it has changed.
Definition of Otome
Otome typically refers to a maiden or a young lady in Japanese. However, in recent years, Otome has come to reflect and refer to a genre of games. Otome games are typically geared for women to romantically pursue fictional men who are generally good looking and usually have questionable personalities or traits but always have romantic appeal. There are Otome games designed for men to play as well. They are basically dating simulators.
The game is presented in a visual novel styled game play with conversation prompts. The selection of dialogue option directs you down paths towards various story endings with most players aiming for the ‘good-end’. Some can be binged and completed in a day, others require days of gameplay. Some games are offered for free and others you need to purchase or make in-game purchases.
The main character or avatar of the game is usually a generic character that most could place themselves in to make the game more ‘realistic’. A lot of the time, you do not get to see what the character looks like and the capture targets talk to ‘you’ as the player directly. Your gameplay name gets placed in conversations with voiceovers creating ‘realistic’ pauses where your name would have been spoken in conversation.
Examples of Otome Games:
Free Otome Games:
Obey Me (mobile)
Eternal Hour: Golden Hour – PC
Ikémen Sengoku: Romances Across Time
Buyable Otome Games:
TAISHO x ALICE
TAISHO x ALICE available on STEAM here for R130.
My Vow to My Liege
My Vow to My Liege on STEAM for R79.