Here is the first in what will be a series of posts that goes into my love for otome games. Yeah, I’m a grown woman. I am married and I have a kid. That’s not stopping the young girl at heart from enjoying made-up romances with two-dimensional characters. I enjoy these games, but some are more annoying than others. Depending on the game, the main character you play could be kind of stupid. I’m not so fond of the ditzy and helpless types, but I will still play just the same.
What is an Otome Game?
This little wikipedia page will go into enough details about what an otome game is, but in brief, it’s a game designed mainly for females where you attempt to develop a relationship with a male character through your choices or whatever interactions the game in particular uses. Typically, if your score is low, you get a bad ending. If your score is good, you get a normal ending. If your score is great (and some games require actual monetary purchases to help you achieve this), you get the best happy ending ever.
My first otome game ever is a game series called Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side and I have all three for Nintendo DS. Did they ever make an English version? I’m not sure, as all the ones I have are in Japanese. I originally started as a fun way to practice reading Japanese. I’ve had them for years, but I haven’t completed all of them yet. For now, let me share with you one that you can easily play, too.
I rate 3 out of 5 stars.
The first otome game I chose to write about is one that I’ve completed. I say completed, as in I’ve played all three routes available, but the company stopped updating the game in 2015 and never added the fourth character, Kais. The characters in this story are inspired from the famous story of Sinbad. You get to meet Sinbad and Ali Baba. There’s also a prince named Assad. Is he a character from the original story?
I finished Sinbad’s route first and without giving you spoilers, I found it interesting how playing both Ali Baba and Assad’s routes gave me additional insight into who Sinbad is. There were certain parts where the reaction Sinbad gives is better understood because of having already finished Sinbad’s route. This interconnection between all the routes were very well thought out and I appreciated that aspect of the story a lot. I liked Ali Baba because he was the stoic character. You couldn’t really tell what he was thinking, but you knew that he would open up to you when you play his route. However, I really liked the plot twist with Sinbad a lot.
The translation and the way the text appears in the English version of the game could use some improvement though. I found sometimes the game inserts the wrong character’s name and some of the grammar is incorrect, however it doesn’t seriously impede on understanding what the is going on in the game.
If you are interested, download the Android version here.
Which character do you like best? Is this a story that interests you?
These images are my screenshots from the actual game.