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 26 dorkatlarge, Mon, 20th Feb '12 3:35:46 PM from Parts Unknown Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Brosuke wannabe
Three reverse harem games released in English, in just the last week. Whoa.

  • Hakuōki on PSP, both in UMD and Playstation Store paid download format. Since I didn't get around to reserving a copy, and since I haven't spotted one at a nearby video game store, I chose the latter option. According to what I read on the Aksys Games forum.

  • A full version of Hatoful Boyfriend. The freeware version was an amusing story with a bit of simulation gameplay. I'm curious what features have been added.

  • A doujin game called The Second Reproduction. This one may be nearly impossible to purchase, since the original doujin circle has folded... If you are willing to use services that help people buy goods from Yahoo Auction Japan, then you might be able to obtain a new or used copy.

None of the three contain any explicit content, but two of the three may not be exactly worksafe. Hakuouki did get a Mature rating for violence and implied sex.

Finally, it sounds like Jjjewel and crew are close to releasing their first translation patch for the Korean Nintendo DS version of Otometeki. (A game which is also far from being obscene, but not exactly worksafe either.)

 27 dorkatlarge, Tue, 20th Mar '12 7:55:36 PM from Parts Unknown Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
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A couple years ago, the group Roseverte released a freeware VN called Duplicity ~Eternal Lie~. Now the group is selling an expanded remake called Duplicity ~Beyond the Lies~. On the "about" page, they clearly explain what changes have been made in this version. There is a free demo, and the full version will cost $20 US.

Roseverte is a unique group in that its members speak a variety of languages. The group's first two games are available in Japanese, English, and German. Duplicity ~Beyond the Lies~ is currently available in two of the three languages.

I've played some of the recommendations on this page. I really like playing games from a female perspective, as long as there's some multiple demographic appeal. If it's just pure romance it's pretty boring to me but if it includes some mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, or action elements I find I actually prefer a female protagonist. I've read some free otome games from the Lemma Soft forums (Requiem of the Abyss, Frozen Essence, etc) and they were fun, but I really wish I could read something similar only with higher production values but I haven't really seen anything like that. Tokemeki Memorial/Starry Sky both seem like they're very heavily romance oriented which isn't something I'd read.
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 29 dorkatlarge, Sun, 6th May '12 9:01:10 AM from Parts Unknown Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Brosuke wannabe
Adaira, you stated that you're looking for VNs with a woman main character, "gen" plot elements such as mystery/fantasy/sci-fi/action, and relatively high production values. Some stuff you might enjoy...

Some of Hanako Games' creations seem to meet your criteria. Magical Diary is basically a life simulation with a variety of romance options, and the game seems to balance both. Likewise, the indie game Spirited Heart is similar to Princess Maker 2, but with both guys and girls as romance options if you purchase the expansion pack. (The player takes the girl's role, and she turns 18 right after the intro, which helps to reduce the squick factors seen in several Princess Maker games.)

Science Girls is a fairly simple and not-very-serious RPG about girls fighting aliens. Also, I believe it passes The Bechdel Test.

Loren: The Amazon Princess is an interesting example, as I think it's more of a Western RPG than a visual novel. The same creators at Winter Wolves made a similar game called Planet Stronghold not long ago, which is basically a western RPG with combat more reminiscent of eastern RPGs. Anyway, both games feature mostly plot with some romance options. There are male and female main characters, and Everyone Is Bi.

The freeware story Faery Tale has a unique art stye and a woman as the main character. While it does appear to be a romance game, it does not seem to be reverse harem. (The creator is one of a few people creating VNs with a distinctly western art style. If this is your interest, search the VNDB for "Cinders, " which is set for release in the near future.)

Much of the Atelier Series features women as main characters. They're general fantasy fiction stories with Eastern RPG / Simulation Game gameplay, and not much emphasis is placed on relationships. If you own a DS, look for Atelier Annie — it should be fairly inexpensive. If you own a Playstation 3, look for Atelier Rorona and Atelier Totori — I've been seeing their prices slowly decreasing.

Both Hyperdimension Neptunia and its sequel feature women as main characters. They're ridiculous comedies about moe console girls and game piracy. If you're concerned with reviews, the first game got rather bad ones, while the latter got a few decent ones, including RPGamer saying that it "doesn't suck."

Aoi Shiro is a VN with great visuals and a woman as a main character. Though I'm not sure how much emphasis is on relationships, and it's a worksafe example of the Yuri Genre. A full English patch is available. The original host site Solelo seems to have died quietly, but I had no difficulty searching for the patch.

Shikkoku No Sharnoth is another VN with great visuals and a woman as a main character. Some explicit content, and not reverse harem. The setting is a fantasy version of Victorian Era London. Was translated by Amaterasu.

Cherry Tree High Comedy Club is a doujin VN that was recently localized by Nyu Media. The main character is a girl, and the story is about comedy rather than relationships.

Hanako Games has just released Long Live The Queen, a rather hard stat-raising/life sim. Players take on role of the Crown Princess of Nova and try to survive long enough to reach her coronation.

While the game itself is relatively short, there is a heap of depth to it that will need multiply playthroughs to work out all the intrigues in the game.

There's also an interesting little mechanic to the stat raising - The Princess is always in one of eight various moods that are modified during the VN sections of the game and taking part in activities at the weekend. Each mood gives bonuses and penalties to four of the different parent skills affecting how quickly she learns, adding an extra lair to the game's juggling act.

edited 2nd Jun '12 7:08:43 AM by RedDeimos

 31 dorkatlarge, Sun, 3rd Jun '12 9:06:19 AM from Parts Unknown Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Brosuke wannabe
Not sure if you're aware of this, Red Deimos, but in Papillon's first post on the Long Live the Queen WIP thread, she said, "This is not an otome game - the princess may wind up engaged, as marriages are important in politics, but don't expect romance paths!" Since she is the creator of this indie game, I believe this statement can be considered Word of God. Therefore, it's probably best to consider Long Live the Queen to be a Simulation Game.

 32 Anarchy, Sat, 9th Jun '12 2:56:14 AM from Perak, Malaysia
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Well, it IS from a female perspective though, and the original person asking for recs didn't like too much romance in their games, so LLTQ might be right up their alley. And in any case it's a fucking hardcore game that everybody should play regardless of gender anyway.

 33 dorkatlarge, Sat, 9th Jun '12 8:33:52 AM from Parts Unknown Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Brosuke wannabe
If you like games that are 1) complex, 2) cute, and 3) not focused on relationships, then you may enjoy Long Live the Queen. A lot of Hanako Games' content is like that.

Voltage Inc has released "Be My Princess for GREE" in English. It should work with most iOS and Android devices. From the description on its official Facebook page, it seems to be a combination of romance game and social game.

Hey, has anyone here played Starry Sky ~ in Spring? I've been in the mood for an otome game lately and since this is one of the few translated games, I was wondering if it was any good.

Normally I'd just go ahead, play it and form an opinion for myself first, but considering the English patch is nearly the same size as the game itself, I'm a bit hesitant. :/

extremely late, but - no. Starry Sky is pretty but dull as ditchwater. You will have a much better time with pretty much ANY of the western-written otome games, IMO. If you really want a Japanese-written otome game go with the translations for Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side or Love Revo. (Well, and Hatoful Boyfriend but that's a slightly different thing.)
 
Already played Hatoful, Tokimemo, and Love Revo sadly enough. Otome games are in such short supply...

And yes, a little late. I ended up installing Starry Sky. As you said, about as fun as watching paint dry. I'm gonna play the white-haired guy's route simply because he's voiced by Sugita, then quickly uninstall. Other two guys are dull or extremely aggravating. :/

Ecce Homo Superior
Is it me, or does the plot of Love Revo sound really creepy and chock full of Unfortunate Implications?

OK, so it seems like the protagonist is dangerously obese, so losing weight might be a good idea (though I'm wondering what kind of person considers "attracting boys" more important than "avoiding heart failure"), but seriously, a literal "lose as much weight as you can!" game... I could easily see governments banning that, and I wouldn't hold it against them.

Please tell me there are at least some endings where the love interest tells the protagonist "you're beautiful as you are; don't change for my sake".

Sorry to barge into the thread like this, but the description of that game made me feel a bit sick.
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 38 dorkatlarge, Sun, 10th Aug '14 7:23:40 AM from Parts Unknown Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
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There is now an official Quinrose game available in English. That's a surprise. Alice in the Heart ~Wonderful Wonder World~ was just recently released on iTunes US. Here's how pricing works, according to the page: "The first episode of each character and the opening are free... 1 character: $7 ($5 without sounds)... A set of all characters: 38$ ($25 without sounds)." In other words, it's possible to purchase individual character routes or the entire story, and choose either voiced or unvoiced dialogue.

With this release, and with Mangagamer finally localizing an otome game (Ozmafia), it seems fandom is changing.

Also, it has been almost two years since Doktorvon Eurotrash's message... oops. Otometeki Koi Kakumei Love Revo is something of a curiosity: '90s simulation gameplay with not much story, but it also has genuine worksafe girl x boy romance. It's challenging enough that an FAQ will be useful, but I don't think the story is meant to be taken seriously. Also, I do not believe it was meant to troll or insult the reader / player.

edited 10th Aug '14 7:23:56 AM by dorkatlarge

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