Have you ever heard of Otome Game? If you’re following the visual novel game genre and Japanese culture for a long time, you must know that already. But you haven’t. Otome game is a story-based game targeted towards women. Mostly, an otome is a visual novel game that revolves around the romantic relationship of the main character and several other male characters. A “lovey-dovey” simulation, visual novel or dating sims games.
The history of otome started in 1994 when Angelique was released by Koei in Japan. Take notes: It was created by an all-women team. Targeting teenagers at the beginning but surprisingly getting popular in mature audiences as well. Well, at least women in their 20s. Three aspects made Angelique considered the seed of all otome genre games: A focused romance, easy to control & utilize multimedia.
The rest, as they say, is history. This game then populates as the fanbase of otome genre is rising. Most of the gameplay is getting more & more rich. From only a conversation based game, to more collectible items, more features such as chat & call etc. The illustration is also getting better & better as time goes by.
Now, the game is known for its fantasy aspect. It’s providing a player for entertainment alternatives. Where you’re not only reading the story nor enjoying the visuals, but also have an agency to play. To be involved in the story. Choose how to react in certain situations. Even experiment in the wildest situation you can imagine. Even to some extent of several otome games, enjoying mature content.
I believe those premises are what keep otome genres there. While other games may offer the audience with other things. Otome will always be there offering you something that hasn't changed since the 90s no matter what update or upgrade they’re getting these days. A woman's perspective. A game created by women that can be enjoyed by women.
If you like an otome genre or want to find out more, you can access Memories Interactive An Indonesian otome platform where you can enjoy many stories. You can download here for iOS or here for Android