Romance games, known in Japanese as ''ren'ai'' (romantic love) games, are a [[VideoGameGenres category of videogame]] that covers several mechanics and demographics. The distinguishing factor of these games is that the primary goal of the game is to establish a romantic relationship between the PlayerCharacter and one or more of the {{NPC}}s. Although the genre originates in Japan, they are also made elsewhere, particularly in the form of "[[{{Doujinshi}} doujin-soft]]" (noncommerical fanmade games).

Most ''ren'ai'' games are {{Visual Novel}}s (a type of InteractiveFiction) or {{Dating Sim}}s (a type of SimulationGame), although many are hybrids, such as RolePlayingGame / DatingSim or ActionGame / VisualNovel. Many ''ren'ai'' games contain some erotic content; those where this is a major feature may be classified as ''[[HGame eroge]]'' (short for "erotic games").

!Bishoujo Games:

In Japan, the term "Bishoujo (beautiful girl) game" covers any game for men that offers pictures or animation of attractive girls, regardless of gameplay style or narrative content (see BishoujoGenre). In the West, the term is generally used to cover ''ren'ai'' games aimed at a male audience.

!!Examples of Bishoujo Games:
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* ''VisualNovel/AkatsukiNoGoei''
* ''VideoGame/{{Amagami}}''
* ''VisualNovel/AProfile''
* ''VideoGame/BraveSoul''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Canvas 2}} ~Niji-iro no Sketch~''
* ''VisualNovel/DaCapo''
** ''VisualNovel/DaCapoII''
** ''VisualNovel/DaCapoIII''
* ''VisualNovel/DraKoi''
* ''VisualNovel/EverlastingSummer''
* ''VisualNovel/FadingHearts''
* ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/stay night]]''
** ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia''
* ''VisualNovel/FortuneArterial''
* ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' gameverse
* ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu''
* ''VideoGame/Heartache101SourIntoSweet''
* ''VisualNovel/IfMyheartHadWings''
* ''VisualNovel/InfiniteGameWorks''
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''
* ''VideoGame/{{Kimikiss}}''
* ''Manga/LoveHina Advance''
* ''VideoGame/LovePlus''
* ''VisualNovel/MemoriesOff''
* ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight''
* ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvExtra''
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion: Girlfriend of Steel/Iron Maiden''
* ''VisualNovel/PhotoKano''
* ''VisualNovel/RumblingHearts''
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars''
* ''VideoGame/ScienceGirls'' - although the "for men" is questionable, and this is definitely not a ''ren'ai'' game
* ''SentimentalGraffiti''
* ''ShiraOkaSecondChances''
* ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess''
* ''VisualNovel/SnowSakura''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Sprung}}'' - a Western-style game which allows a choice of male or female protagonist.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}''
* ''VideoGame/ThousandArms''
* ''VisualNovel/ToHeart''
** ''VisualNovel/ToHeart2''
* ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial series''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''
* ''VisualNovel/YamiToBoushiToHonNoTabibito''
* ''VideoGame/YoakeMaeYoriRuriiroNa''
[[/index]]

!Otome games:

''Otome'' (maiden) games cover any game aimed at a female audience that is not a BoysLove game; the majority are {{Visual Novel}}s with romantic elements. Many are made by departments or subsidiaries of bishoujo game companies; for example, ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial'' has an otome game spinoff, ''Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side''.

Not to be confused with ''otoge'', which is Japanese slang for RhythmGame.

!!Examples of Otome Games:
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* ''VideoGame/AlwaysRememberMe''
* ''VideoGame/AmnesiaOtome''
* ''Franchise/{{Angelique}}'' series
* ''VideoGame/ArabiansLost''
* ''VideoGame/ArcanaFamiglia''
* ''VisualNovel/AreaX''
* ''VideoGame/AsagaoAcademy:''Normal Boots Club
* ''VisualNovel/AutumnsJourney''
* ''VisualNovel/BeMyPrincess''
* ''Literature/BrothersConflict''
* ''VideoGame/CafeRouge''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Cinders}}''
* ''VideoGame/CrimsonEmpire ~Circumstances To Serve A Noble~''
* ''VideoGame/ChronoDays Sim Date''
* ''VisualNovel/ClassTripCrush''
* ''VisualNovel/DateWarp''
* ''VideoGame/{{Dandelion}} - Wishes Brought to You -''
* ''VisualNovel/DiabolikLovers''
* ''VisualNovel/DreamyDaysInWestTokyo''
* ''VisualNovel/EnchantedInTheMoonlight''
* ''[[VisualNovel/FantasiaOtomeGameSeries The Fantasia Trilogy]]''
* ''VisualNovel/FatalHearts''
* ''VisualNovel/FrozenEssence''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Hakuouki}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe Harukanaru Toki no Naka de]]'' series
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''
* ''VideoGame/{{Heart no Kuni no Alice}}'' (Alice in the Country of Hearts)
* ''VisualNovel/{{Hiiro No Kakera}}''
* ''VisualNovel/InYourArmsTonight''
* ''[[VideoGame/KiniroNoCorda La Corda d'Oro]]'' series
* ''VisualNovel/KissedByTheBaddestBidder''
* ''VisualNovel/KissOfRevenge''
* ''VisualNovel/AKnightsDevotion''
* ''VisualNovel/LoveLetterFromThiefX''
* ''VideoGame/LuckyRabbitReflex''
* ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary''
* ''MarginalPrince''
* ''MatchesAndMatrimony: A PrideAndPrejudice Tale''
* ''VideoGame/MeineLiebe'' series
* ''VisualNovel/MetroPDCloseToYou''
* ''VisualNovel/MyCandyLove''
* ''VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding''
* ''VisualNovel/MySweetBodyguard''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Nameless}} - The One Thing You Must Recall -''
* ''VideoGame/NeoAngelique''
* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao''
* ''VisualNovel/OfficeSecrets''
* ''VisualNovel/OurTwoBedroomStory''
* ''VisualNovel/PiratesInLove''
* ''[[VisualNovel/{{Planets}} (P)lanets]]''
* ''VisualNovel/PrincessDebut''
* ''VisualNovel/QuestTwilightPrinceProphecyChronicals''
* ''VisualNovel/REAlistair''
* ''VisualNovel/REPrinceOfNigeria''
* ''VisualNovel/TheRoyalTrap''
* ''VisualNovel/TheSecondReproduction''
* ''VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity''
* ''VisualNovel/SeduceMeOtome''
* ''VisualNovel/SepiaTears''
* ''VisualNovel/SerendipityNextDoor''
* ''StarrySky'' series
* ''VisualNovel/SweetFuseAtYourSide''
* ''VisualNovel/TenDaysWithMyDevil''
* ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorialGirlsSide'' series
* ''VisualNovel/UnderTheMoon''
* ''VisualNovel/UtaNoPrincesama''
* ''VideoGame/WanderingWillows''
* ''VisualNovel/XNote''
* ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo''
[[/index]]

!Boys' Love Games:

Games aimed at a female audience that feature [[BoysLove male-male romance]]. Like otome games, most are {{Visual Novel}}s and many are made by departments or subsidiaries of bishoujo game companies; for example, ''VisualNovel/TogainuNoChi'' was made by [=Nitro+ CHiRAL=], a subsidiary of [[{{Nitroplus}} Nitro+]] .

!!Examples of Boys Love Games:
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* ''VisualNovel/AnimamundiDarkAlchemist''
* ''VisualNovel/DramaticalMurder''
* ''VisualNovel/GakuenHeaven''
* ''VisualNovel/LamentoBeyondTheVoid''
* ''VisualNovel/LuckyDog1''
* ''{{LightNovel/Sukisho}}''
* ''VisualNovel/SweetPool''
* ''VisualNovel/TogainuNoChi''
[[/index]]
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