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.
Lots of players get turned onto these aspects from story and character-driven Bio Ware games like Dragon Age, and if you’re a fan of those, I have a few recommendations to help welcome you into the otome genre.
While all you need to be “good at” is reading and making choices -- don’t worry if you don’t normally play games -- there are some important things to know about how these games work.
Generally you meet several characters, and will have to choose one to court.
Attractive men compete for your main character's affections, and you can choose which one you'd like to pursue.
While horse-racing is more popular with older men, horses themselves are as popular with Japanese women as they are with anyone else. Maybe a dating sim that takes place on a farm, where your heroine has to choose among several handsome farmhands? Your character is a normal human girl, and it's not like the absurdity of the situation escapes her.
In Japan, dating sim characters are referred to as “capturable” -- whether that means you capture their hearts or their bodies depends on the game.
But you’ll need to focus, as playing the field can result in an unsatisfying ending, and no one likes that.You can pep him up by answering some multiple choice questions in a favorable way, or really get him going by using a golden carrot.The latter is usually only available as a paid item, while the former can only be done three times before you have to wait a half-hour for a timer to reset. Then, someone showed me Usaya's [Free], and suddenly, I need a whole new scale for measuring weirdness. Combining Japan's love of horse-racing, idol groups stacked with cute girls, and social RPGs is certainly one way to bring together seemingly disparate interests in a game.As a silly distraction, is worth playing for a little while just to see the off-the-wall situations our heroine finds herself in with this hunky horse.