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Otome game Norn9 coming to Vita this autumn


A sexy supernatural voyage
May 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Once upon a time, an employee at a well known localization house told me there wasn't a market for otome games in the west. The men in charge just didn't believe folks in North America or Europe would buy romantic visual nove...
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sexy sexy sexy

Romance Frankenstein, Van Helsing in this Vita game


Talk about toxic relationships
Apr 29
// Kyle MacGregor
Your skin is poisonous. It rots and/or melts anything you touch. You haven't seen your pops in two years and live alone in a derelict mansion near London. Then, one day, Royal Guards try to capture you for some reason, and ma...
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Hatoful Boyfriend PS4

Hatoful Boyfriend soars to PS4 and Vita in early 2015


All you need is dove
Nov 24
// Kyle MacGregor
Pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend is flapping on over to PS4 and Vita early next year, Sony and indie publisher Devolver Digital announced today. "All y'all PlayStation nerds need to stop waiting for The Last Guardia...

Review: Hatoful Boyfriend

Sep 04 // Alasdair Duncan
Hatoful Boyfriend (PC)Developer: Mediatonic / Hato MoaPublisher: Devolver DigitalMRSP: $9.99 / £6.99Release: September 4, 2014 It's hard to explain the curious appeal of Hatoful Boyfriend without straight up spoiling some of its story beats. What is clear is that this is not a simple dating sim where all the characters have been replaced by avian love interests; that would have been maybe too easy and wouldn't come close to the weirdness that permeates everyday life at the St. PigeoNation's Institute. This translation of a 2011 Japanese interactive novel tries to lead you in gently. You are the only human student at this particular school. All of the other pupils and staff are birds, like your friend Ryouta Kawara, a rock dove who looks after his sick mother. Over the course of the school year, you'll meet different birds all with distinct personalities like the stuck-up, aristocratic Sakuya and the creepy school doctor, Shuu Iwamine.  Every few days, an elective day is held which gives you the choice of taking a unique class that can level up one of your three stats: wisdom, charisma, and vitality. These tie into later activities like socializing or taking exams but this isn't an RPG -- there's no checks against your stats before you can complete a task. One thing that does feel out of place is the lack of continuity between scenes. You can pick sides in a fight between two classmates on one day and the next day neither of them will mention it or seemingly think any different of you. Whenever you play, the main story is going to pan out roughly the same, excluding any individual choices you make.  Sometimes, Hatoful Boyfriend has smart dialogue -- even simple things like replacing the term "everybody" with "everybirdie" -- but there are also times when the text can be confusing, possibly due to a mistranslation. It's a weird game, so there's a tendency to just go with the flow and not look for the logical narrative. The achievements reveal that there are multiple endings but there's no clear way of striving for a particular conclusion; a lot of the time you just have to make your choices and see what happens. That's an awfully reductive way to talk about the game, as an interactive novel like this. You're not really expected to manage stats, you're just trying to get through the day to see the next crazy thing that happens. From pudding-obsessed athletes to a secret society that has big plans, Hatoful Boyfriend goes above and beyond the average dating simulator. Occasionally, it doesn't feel quite weird enough to carry the whole concept of a human schoolgirl at an all-bird high school, but there's still plenty of laughs to be had for a brief experience that you're going to have to play through multiple times to fully enjoy.
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Pigeon Dating Simulator 2014
Moving to a new school always sucks. You need worry to about grades, pick classes, join a club, try to find new friends, and fit into an existing social hierarchy.  Imagine that but with the added confusion of all your schoolmates being birds.

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Ozmafia

This Wizard of Oz otome game lets you romance the Cowardly Lion, et al.


Ozmafia localization in the works for English speaking audiences
Jun 30
// Kyle MacGregor
It's a rare day that an otome game gets announced for a western release. Visual novels appeal to a pretty select audience, and those targeting a female demographic certainly aren't any less niche. Every once in a while, thoug...
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Doujin Games

Doujin bundle: Seven Japanese indie games for cheap


Sexy pigeons!
Oct 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Groupees has returned with another cornucopia of strange and wonderful independently-developed games from Japan. The service's latest bundle features seven doujinsoft titles, which can be acquired in pairs of your choosing f...
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Otome Games

Sweet Fuse: At Your Side hits PSP in August


Otome game starring Keiji Inafune's niece drops later this summer
Jul 26
// Kyle MacGregor
Sweet Fuse: At Your Side will arrive on August 27, Aksys Games has announced. In addition to being among the last games join the PlayStation Portable's library, the title's release marks something of a rarity, as otome visual...
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Otome Games

Aksys: There's a western market for otome games


Localization expert discusses viability of niche genre
Mar 18
// Kyle MacGregor
Otome games are a niche within a niche. Visual novels and dating sims focusing on romantic relationships from a female perspective, they've never quite gained traction outside of Japan. Maybe that's starting to change though....
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Keiji Inafune's Niece?!

Aksys localizing game where you are Keiji Inafune's niece


Game of the year!
Feb 16
// Josh Tolentino
I have to hand it to Aksys. They've been taking a lot of risks on titles which, even in today's tolerant environment, would still be considered niche-within-niche. Games like this one, Sweet Fuse: At Your Side (Bakudan Handan...
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Princess Arthur

Meet Princess Arthur's hunky Knights of the Round Table


Isn't Galahad just dreamy?
Jan 20
// Kyle MacGregor
In case you missed it before, Princess Arthur is an otome game based on Arthurian legend. The game follows a young woman named Alu who retrieves a sacred sword encased in stone before falling in with a group of sexy young kn...
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Date the Knights of the Round Table in Princess Arthur


What is this I don't even
Jan 04
// Kyle MacGregor
The PSP isn't dead. Not if companies like Aksys, XSEED, and Atlus have anything to say about it anyway. Every month or two the system seems to add a new title to its library and lately they usually seem of the niche Japanese ...
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Anime Expo: Aksys Games bringing the hot guy action


Jul 03
// Wesley Ruscher
So do you like hot guys? Well Aksys Games is hoping a few of you do. Not afraid to let the PSP die in North America Aksys Games announced two new titles for the ill-fated handheld at their “Publish Hard with a Vengeance...

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