Part of the problem is that most of the games aren’t just extremely niche, they’re erotic 18 products and as such difficult to market. Last year Manga Gamer, a publisher usually known for its 18-and-older fare aimed at men, announced that they've licensed and are translating two new titles in an attempt to appeal to underserved audiences, mainly women and queer men. , slated to release on Steam, and the other is unique 18 boys love game, No, Thank You!!!
While BL game DRAMAtical Murder flourished in popularity on Tumblr, licensing problems means nobody has taken advantage of the audience. In general, comics made by gay men for gay men have completely different aesthetics and conventions than Boys’ Love for women, as can be seen in Fantagraphic's fantastically informative collection Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It. attempts to balance both audiences’ tastes in an intriguing way. you play as amnesic Haru, who is an exclusive top to his partners, whereas traditionally in BL games you'd be playing as a bottom.
You play as Chizuru, who disguises herself as a man to travel to the capital of Kyoto in search of her missing father.
Sloppy localization can often let dating sim fans down.
For example, Alice in Wonderland is a popular theme worldwide and the manga based on the otome game series regularly tops the New York Times Manga Best Sellers list.
But you’ll need to focus, as playing the field can result in an unsatisfying ending, and no one likes that.
These games are often designed to be played multiple times.
Generally you meet several characters, and will have to choose one to court.
In Japan, dating sim characters are referred to as “capturable” -- whether that means you capture their hearts or their bodies depends on the game.
Haru can be pretty pushy and consent can seem hazy at times, but all the relationship routes in the game play out in a compelling manner and Haru's prodding of boundaries leads to intriguing character insights. is not just a constant sex romp -- it's got a pretty extensive private detective and mafia story leading the actors along, and not always to the happiest conclusions.
For Women’s History Month, Manga Gamer interviewed women game creators and localizers, and one of them was No, Thank You!!! Most of her experience is of drawing women, and NTY was her first venture into the BL genre.
I say "targets" because all the men you end up in relationships with are billed as "straight" and Haru is an overly-energetic, horny puppy who admits he partakes in "sexual harassment" as a work pastime.
This can be off-putting to some friends, so I usually warn them ahead -- you can always first check out the game’s demo to see if it’s right for you.
Welcome to Otome, visual dating games made with women in mind.