Welcome to Otome, visual dating games made with women in mind.They enjoy a healthy fandom, but many acclaimed titles remain in their native Japanese—frustrating, because romance and relationship games are more popular than ever.The most common objective of dating sims is to date, usually choosing from among several characters, and to achieve a romantic relationship.
Most of these games exist in Japan, but there are some available in English as well. The Videos blog covers the dramatic opening sequences from games (usually Japanese). On the Fans page we link to other sites and blogs talking about otome games, so you can find reviews of the games you're interested in.
The gameplay involves conversing with a selection of girls, attempting to increase their internal "love meter" through correct choices of dialogue.
The game lasts for a fixed period of game time, such as one month or three years.
The technical definition of a dating simulation game, known as a romantic simulation game in Japan, can involve several technical elements such as a time limit, several statistics such as looks and charm which can be boosted through exercise, or an "attraction meter" which can increase or decrease depending on one's decisions.
Some original-English dating sims include Sim Girls, In a typical dating sim, the player controls a male avatar surrounded by female characters.