The Best 21 Otome Games on Steam

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Finding otome games on Steam is a bit easy because the platform is probably the main source of finding games in this genre, even if it is quite a niche one. A lot of the titles can be considered otome, but we have listed the best 21 otome games on Steam that are either tagged as otome or follow the otome description.

Otome is a Japanese word that directly translates to a young maiden or girl. These games usually target the female audience as the main protagonists are females. Each otome game is story-rich and involves character romances throughout the story.

Otome games can also have different classifications like visual novels and dating simulators. The list will contain a combination of all these types, and you will definitely find one game in this list that will get you hooked on trying it out.

Our Life: Beginnings & Always

Our Life: Beginnings & Always is a visual novel game that has a laid-back approach to its art and story. Published by Patch Games, the game was released in November 2020. It only requires at least 1 GB of space, 2 GB of RAM, at least DirectX 9.0c, and a 2.0 GHz processor.

Like the system requirements, the story of Our Life: Beginnings & Always is light and relaxed as the player starts off as an 8-year-old in the middle of a summer adventure. By chance, you are introduced to this dreamy green-haired boy named Cove Holden, the new kid in town.

The game allows you to customize your character, such as your name, your pronoun, and how you look. You get to live and interact with the game in 4 stages of your life, starting with childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and full maturity.

The game boasts 16 to 24 hours of heart-warming content; your relationship with Cove will be dictated by your choices about yourself and your dialogue with him and other people. Both of you will grow, and how he will look and act develops together with your interactions.

If you are one of those sick of how gloomy the real world is, Our Life: Beginnings & Always is a refreshing and feel-good escape from reality as you get lost in the deep blue eyes of Cove Holden. It is one of the best story-rich games on Steam and it will definitely be a good start when you are just getting into otome games.

Blush Blush

Blush Blush is an exciting yet light dating game that caters to people who appreciate having several options for a love interest. It was published by Sad Panda Studios and was released in April 2019. The game only requires the following minimum specs; Windows 7, 400 MB of space, 2 GB of RAM, DirectX 9.0, and any generally modern processor with at least 1.6 GHz.

The game is a cross between a dating sim and an idle game where you have the opportunity to save twelve handsome anime boys from their mysterious curse. The spell causes the boys to have random parts of their bodies be animal parts. In order to rescue them from the curse, you must capture their hearts.

As an idle game, you must click and choose the right options in order to become a better dater. You need to work different jobs, arrange certain dates and give the right gives to improve your dating game. Blush Blush is an exceptional otome game that hooks those who adore cute guys with cat tears and bat wings.

Pink Rage Otome

Pink Rage Otome is a visual novel/dating sim game that is catered towards the younger otome spectrum. It was published and developed by Cyboheart and was released in July 2017. It is a very light game that only requires at least Windows XP, 512 MB of RAM, 350 MB of storage, and a flimsy 1 GHz processor.

The game places the player in the shoes of a tsundere girl staying in the underworld for a while. This is where dying people go and have the chance to be saved and reborn for a new life. All this is possible if they are able to overcome the mysterious Great Trial, but to participate, you must have a partner. This is the main challenge of the game, where you must overcome your initial shy and tough self and bloom into a warm person in order to get a partner.

The player has five different routes that would lead to more than ten possible endings, and with 4 to 6 hours of game time, you can uncover how you died and who is in charge of the underworld. Pink Rage Otome is a fine otome game addition to steam and would be quite a find for those who are fans of mystery-solving too.

Cinderella Phenomenon

Cinderella Phenomenon is a not-so-average fairy-tale otome visual novel game. Unlike most fairytales where the main character is basically a saint, you start off possessing several behaviors short of being a villain.

The game was developed and published by Dicesuki and was released in April 2017. Like most otome games, this one requires only at least Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, 1 GB of storage, DirectX 9.0c, and a 1.2 GHz processor.

You are placed into the royal shoes of Crown Princess Lucette, who is still trying to survive the aftermath of both the Great War and your mother’s death. Aside from struggling to co-exist with her new foster family, Lucette must also overcome the Fairytale Curse that has her joining the battle to retain her kingdom in the torn Kingdom of Angielle.

The players have five different routes in the form of different bachelors with their own storyline, and a total of 10 endings can be achieved. Although light and brief, Cinderella Phenomenon is a game with a lot of depth and heart, especially in its characters.

If character development and surprising twists are your things, Cinderella Phenomenon is a fine otome game addition to your steam library.

Gods of Love: An Otome Visual Novel

Gods of Love: An Otome Visual Novel is a sultry otome game that is brief yet knows what it offers, a celestial dating experience that we normies can simulate. Developed and published by Y Press Otomes, it was released in March 2020 with a PG-13 label due to mature content in-game.

You play as Thalia, an obscure yet hard-working healer from a small village called Sendicry. Your hidden power was recently uncovered by one of the gods, and now there are four of them who have taken a great interest in you.

Gods of Love: An Otome Visual Novel has four different romance routes embodied by the four different gods. The art is spectacular, and the story is brief yet thrilling. If you are one of those looking for something short and sweet, this game is a must-add to your Steam library.

Love Spell: Written in the Stars

Love Spell: Written in the Stars is a romantic/comedy visual novel game made mostly by women. The game is filled with magical creatures and adventure, it was developed and published by Great Gretuski Studios LLC, and the game was released in July 2020. The minimum specs needed for this game would be at least Windows 7, 4 GB RAM, DirectX, 2 GB of storage, and a dual-core processor.

The player is cast into the young life of Luna, the main character whose name can be customized. A mysterious old woman recently gifted her with a magical book that has the power to make people whose names will be written in the book fall in love with her temporarily.

Love Spell: Written in the Stars has you exploring four different romantic options, which would yield various endings. The game also features a navigation system that allows you to go back to every option you’ve made and branch off a new timeline from this autosaved one.

With its adorable art and casual storytelling, Love Spell: Written in the Stars is a great addition to your otome game collection.

Prank Masters

Prank Masters is a semi-chibi-styled romantic/ comedy visual novel game that lets you play as a female prankster. Developed and published by Lockvia Studies, it was released in June 2018. The minimum specs for this game are at least Windows XP, 2 GB of RAM, 500 MB of storage, DirectX 10, and a 1.2 GHz processor.

The game has you playing as Juliet, a girl named after Shakespeare’s famous work. Despite her gracious name, Juliet is addicted to pranking and just moved into town, where she is set to explore a limited three romantic routes. Short and concise, the game has you playing for twelve possible endings and an unlockable special gallery.

At its core, Prank Masters is a light otome game with a lot of heart that is found in its main character. Juliet is such a riot as a character, and some scenes will leave you both laughing and romantically engaged. The game is highly relatable to high schoolers, and the not-so-heavy plot will keep the player’s experience jolly and light-hearted.

Reimei no Gakuen

Reimei no Gakuen is a visual novel game based on a modern fantasy setting filled with mystery. It was developed and published by Raikon Kitsune and was released in February 2022. The required specs for the game are at least Windows 7, 1 GB of RAM, 2 GB of storage, and at least a 1.2 GHz processor.

The game’s world was rocked by a supernatural event that occurred 20 years prior to the start of the story. No one knows what really happened, and the only thing certain during that time was the appearance of the ‘Hoshi no Ame’ or a colorful meteor shower of sorts that was seen all over the world.

Since then, mysterious events have been occurring, and one of them was the emergence of special abilities in a group of children born in the last 20 years.

Featuring six main romance options, Reimei no Gakuen revolves around these teens blessed with certain powers but are also cursed with random negative occurrences related to their power. The game is jam-packed with content and fourteen possible endings.

Otome gamers looking for a meaty game themed with the right mix of romance and mystery will find a great deal in Reimei no Gakuen.

My Vow to My Liege

My Vow to My Liege is a visual novel game that gives you an opportunity to experience what it’s like to be Disney’s Mulan, a female Chinese heroine who cross-dressed as a man. The game was developed by YETU GAME and was released in September 2020. The required specs for the game are at least a Windows 7 OS, 2 GB of RAM, 1 GB of storage, DirectX 9.0c, and a 2 GHz dual-core processor.

The game lets you live as FuChai, a girl who disguises as the king of Ng during a period of war between different kingdoms in fictional ancient China. She is forced to do this because the previous king of Ng suffered mortal wounds in his victory against the Kingdom of Yue.

My Vow to My Liege lets the player decide what to do in this situation where love, war, and mysterious vows are all intertwined into a single fate that you can dictate.

Visually stunning and sharp, the game lets you choose from four gorgeous romance options that have deeper consequences than love and happiness. Every route has more than fifteen chapters, and your choices can ultimately give birth to different endings.

My Vow to My Liege is a beautiful dating simulation game that has top-tier visuals and storytelling and, therefore, a must-buy for otome game fans.

NEKOPARA – Catboys Paradise

NEKOPARA – Catboys Paradise is an otome visual novel game that is a sure hit for people who love attractive guys with cat ears. It was developed by NEKO WORKS and published by Sekai Project. Released July 2021, the game only requires light pc specs such as Windows 7 OS, 4 GB RAM, Directx 9.0c, 450 MB storage space, and a dual-core processor with 2.0 GHz.

The story starts off with the unfortunate death of your grandfather and you being the inheritor of both his house and café. To honor his wish, you decide to manage the café yourself, and then suddenly, a school offers you to host four trainees to work for you.

NEKOPARA is a visually impressive otome game with four romance options that bring enough good looks to the table to make anyone purr. Try your hand (or paw) in this cat café dating simulation where the servers look as tasty as the food.

Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk

Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk is an interactive visual novel game that blends quality artwork, sound, and story to create a great otome experience. It was developed by Otomate and had its pc release in August 2019. The required minimum pc specs are at least an OS of Windows 7, 4 GB of RAM, DirectX 11.0, 4 GB of storage, an Intel Core i3 processor, and an Nvidia GTX 560.

The plot revolves around a town that is governed by warring clans and dated superstitions. You play as a woman who is disguised as a man because she is cursed with a right eye that turns red whenever her emotions escalate.

Afraid to be branded as a witch, she secluded herself in a tower outside of town until someone stole a mysterious item that revealed a series of secrets that could break or mend the divided town.

Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk features side stories that add depth to the lore, an intuitive flowchart to keep track of your chosen path, and several endings that can satisfy the pickiest of gamers. The game is a visual masterpiece, and its lore is a perfect marriage of suspense and romance.

Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly

Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly is another masterpiece from the Japanese studio Otomate. It is basically the same game as Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk but follows a different plot.

The story puts you in the shoes of an unknown girl who suddenly finds herself in a large house filled with monsters. Like the men trapped inside the house with you, you have no previous memories. All of you are forced to hunt for black butterflies which have kaleidoscope fragments that unravel the mysteries found in-game.

Both versions of the game received critical success, but Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly was the only one that enjoyed massive commercial success, especially in Japan. Despite this, both games deserve recognition as fine additions to your interactive fictional adventure.

Nameless ~The one thing you must recall~

Nameless is a pretty visual novel game that revolves around a lonely girl and her adventure with her dolls that came to life. Created by a Korean company called Cheritz, the game was released in November 2013. The minimum specs required by the game are a Windows XP OS, 1 GB of RAM, 2 GB of storage, a graphics card with 256 MB of VRAM, and a 3.0 GHz processor.

The story revolves around a seemingly normal high school girl that struggles with the simple yet universal problem of loneliness. In order to cope with this problem, she took up the hobby of collecting ball-jointed dolls from a company named Crobidoll.

Because her real family works outside the country, she found a new secret pretend family in her dolls which magically turned into five real humans with really handsome looks.

Nameless ~The one thing you must recall~ follows a central story that is gradually uncovered by following the five routes in the form of the living dolls. Although visually appealing, the game’s main strength is in the highly relatable themes and problems tackled in the interactive fiction that gives generous amounts of humanity to the whole experience.

7’Scarlet

7’Scarlet is a visual novel otome game that uses elements of mystery very well. Developed by Otomate and TOYBOX, the game was released in March 2019. The game specs required are at least a Windows 7 OS, 2 GB of RAM, 4 GB of storage, DirectX 9.0, and any processor equivalent to an Intel Celeron G3900.

The game is situated in Okunezato, a mysterious town that looks like the crescent moon. Aside from its ominous appearance, it is also where your brother suddenly disappeared without a trace.

7’Scarlet lets you play as Ichiko Hanamaki, a brave young college student who has decided to visit this shady town with your best friend, Hino Kagutsuchi. Like most otome games, the main character’s name (Ichiko) can be customized, but the new name cannot be voiced in-game.

7’Scarlet will have you following different routes, which would lead to different endings while unraveling partial revelations about the mysteries of the game. It was a commercial success in Japan, and many fans commend the great balance of otome and mystery-solving that ultimately gives 7’scarlet a spot on the best otome games list.

EPHEMERAL -FANTASY ON DARK-

EPHEMERAL, as the name suggests, is a visual novel game that is heavy on dark fantasy themes. The game was developed and published by dramatic create, and it was released in September 2018. The minimum pc specs required are Windows 7, 2GB of RAM, 3 GB of storage, DirectX 11.0, a graphics card with 256 MB of VRAM, and a dual-core processor.

The game is set in a dark yet hauntingly beautiful town where everyone is a zombie. Although quiet and peaceful, the town acts as a big cage with barriers surrounding its perimeter and some of the citizens take their own life.

The main character is a zombie girl named Cloe, and her seemingly mundane life turns an unexpected twist as she is invited to a prestigious school where the best of the best students of all races enroll.

EPHEMERAL is a short yet sweet otome game. The artwork is great, and the background music sets a great atmosphere while playing. This is a must-try for otome players who are fans of cute monster boys.

Hatoful Boyfriend

Hatoful Boyfriend is a quirky and out-of-the-box otome game that has you playing a dating simulation with birds. Developed by Mediatonic and Hato Moa, it was released in September 2014. The minimum specs required by the game are a Windows XP OS, 1 GB of RAM, 300 MB of storage, and DirectX 9.0.

The game has you, the only human in the game, joining the famous St. PigeoNation’s Institute, which is a school for the best of the best birds. Here you will find typical students you may encounter in any other school except for its students being avian in nature.

Like any otome game, Hatoful Boyfriend gives you different love interests or routes to further the story. You can also level your character up by attending different classes, which will raise your stats that will dictate which kind of feathery suitor you’ll attract.

A hearty mix of humor and intrigue, Hatoful Boyfriend stands out with its obvious use of birds as your love interests and the occasional unexpected twist that makes this otome game more human than others.

Steam Prison

Steam Prison is a visual novel otome game that boasts a great yet dark storyline. It was developed by Hunex and published by MangaGamer, and was released in February 2019. The pc specs required by the game are a Windows 7 OS, 1 GB of RAM, DirectX 9.0, 5 GB of storage, and a Pentium 4 processor.

The game is set in a place called the Depths, where violence and crudeness prevail. Your character initially came from the Heights but was banished here after being framed for the death of her parents. The game has you advancing the intriguing story through your choice of actions and words.

Although there is some mature content, Steam Prison is fairly straightforward in terms of gameplay, and you are given five romance options to play with. In the end, it is a well-crafted game that has a remarkable story of redemption and discovery that can make Steam Prison a noteworthy otome game.

Amnesia™: Memories

Amnesia™: Memories is an interactive visual novel dating simulation that plays with the concept of retrieving lost memory and making new ones. The game was published and developed by Idea Factory, and it was released in August 2015.

The game only requires the following minimum specs; Windows Vista,3 GB of space, 1 GB of RAM, DirectX 9.0c, and any modern processor with at least 1.2 GHz.

The game has you starting as a heroine with no memories, but fortunately, you have Orion, a helpful spirit that acts as both narrator and guide to your own story. In order to regain your previous self, you must explore and interact with five love interests.

As an added difficulty, you must also keep your amnesia a secret in order to keep on living and unravel the mystery that surrounds who you are and what happened to you.

Amnesia™: Memories uses the concept of memory loss refreshingly, and its branching storyline can lead to more than twenty different endings. The game exhibits top-notch writing, music, art style, and voice acting that make it one of the greats.

Rose of Winter

Rose of Winter is a medieval visual novel adventure that any otome fan can enjoy. Published and developed by Pillow Fight, it was released in October 2016. The required specs for the game are at least a Windows 7 OS, 2 GB of RAM, 500 MB of storage, at least an Intel 3000HD graphics card, and a 2.0 GHz processor.

The game is set in a fantasy world during the dark ages, and you start off at the base of Mount Needle. The main character is named Rosemary, a farm girl who aspires to be a knight. Conveniently, four gorgeous princes are looking for a knight escort to aid them in the perilous journey of traversing the mountain pass.

Rose of Winter has the player choosing between four romance options among the princes, and in order to progress, you must overcome terrain, wild beasts, and the royal distraction that is the prince you’ve chosen.

The game blends romance and adventure well through quality dialogue and story-driven choices. Rose of Winter has a likable charm that safely attracts most fans of the otome genre.

Yoshiwara Higanbana

Yoshiwara Higanbana is an adult-oriented otome game that revolves around the struggles of a prostitute in search of true love. Developed by MariaCrown, this spicy game was released in May 2021. It has a minimum required specs of Windows 7 OS,1 GB of RAM, 3 GB of storage, DirectX 9.0, a graphics card with 128 MB of VRAM, and a 2.0 GHz processor.

The game is set in a glamorous town called New Yoshihara in Edo Period Japan. The player is set to play as Chihaya, the top oiran or a highly regarded prostitute of a brothel named Oukaya. Despite her job, she is proud and thinks of it as an opportunity to prove herself. All these changes when she meets the five different prospects capable of giving her true love.

Yoshiwara Higanbana is a beautiful interactive visual novel that bravely tackles the concepts of right and wrong in the world of lust and love. The game is a great opportunity for otome fans to deeply explore these concepts and come out with their own conclusions.

BUSTAFELLOWS

BUSTAFELLOWS is an exciting interactive visual novel that blends noir mystery with organic otome gameplay. Developed by NIPPON CULTURAL BROADCASTING EXTEND INC., the game was released in July 2021.

The minimum pc specs required are Windows 7 OS,3 GB of RAM, 3 GB of storage, a graphics card equivalent to Nvidia GTX 560, and a 3.1 GHz quad-core processor.

The game is set in the pretty town of New Sieg, where the main character Teuta is practicing as a journalist. Aside from her knowledge and wit, the main character uses her innate power to go back in time to the body of another person to solve and help with different kinds of problems.

This is immediately put to the test as you witness a lawyer’s murder and decide to go back in time in order to save him.

BUSTAFELLOWS is a refreshing twist to the otome genre with how it handles mysteries and puzzles while utilizing the main character’s power. You are given five romance options, and each one gives birth to its own rich storyline filled with suspense and romance.

Superb visuals and animations only add to the impressive otome game that is BUSTAFELLOWS. If you love mystery games like this, check out our list of the best mystery games on Steam that focus more on the mysterious and story-rich genre.

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