An Otome game is a story-based game primarily aimed at women, and often takes the form of a visual novel. You play as a woman, and will have several suitors to form a romantic relationship with, and it’s a genre that is prevalent on Steam, and on PlayStation Vita (may it rest in peace), but is now making a notable impact on other systems. Here are a bunch you should play, scattered across several platforms.

Collar x Malice (Switch, Vita)

One of my favourite Otome games, if not my favourite. You play as a young police officer who is attacked…


Why have I done this to myself? With so many amazing games available on PS4, why did I decide that this was a good idea? But alas, here we are, and I have perpetual sweats as I put this list together, checking and double checking, becoming a shell of myself as I write…

Anyway! Ground rules are that no games listed here are available on last generation consoles, and no remasters. Remakes are fine, especially when they add a whole lot to the overall experience such as the following title has…

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix did it. They…


First things first — all of the games featured in this are genuinely excellent, so don’t take this feature as me disliking them! In fact, the seven of these are among my all-time favourite games. However, these are bosses that caused me an immeasurable amount of suffering and distress, even if I did like them. There’s just so much pain to be found with them, you know?

Without further ado, and in no particular order (bar the first one) here’s one that nobody can disagree with…

Isshin, the Sword Saint — Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

I’m starting this list with…


Welcome to the twelfth week of Indieview! Indieview is an interview series where I speak with a special guest who works on personal or business projects related to games, whether they’re an artist, a composer, a streamer, a writer, or otherwise.

This week I’m joined by Shirli, who goes by Borealis, who is a game developer! Shirli is currently working on Venus: Improbable Dream, a visual novel which is focusing on mental health. Shirli has handled almost every aspect, from the coding and dialogue, to the gameplay and the music — other than the art, this is a game made…


Welcome to the eleventh week of Indieview! Indieview is an interview series where I speak with a special guest who works on personal or business projects related to games, whether they’re an artist, a composer, a streamer, a writer, or otherwise.

Today I’m joined by Jun! Jun is a lot of things — artist, cosplayer, and hardcore Otome fan being among them, but she is also working on her very first visual novel, Neko No Sentouki, which is live now on Kickstarter! …


Another year means another long time of deliberating my ten favourite games of the year, and Covid-19 hasn’t stopped this from being another great year for video games. Quick note: I previously worked at SEGA/ATLUS, so I’ve not included games I’ve worked on in some form — you should play Persona 5 Royal, though!

Anyway, without further ado, here’s a game which needs no introduction…

Final Fantasy VII Remake

One of my most anticipated games ever, and a remake of the most iconic JRPG of all-time, and it genuinely blew away all expectations that I had. I think it handled…


Welcome to the tenth week of Indieview! Indieview is an interview series where I speak with a special guest who works on personal or business projects related to games, whether they’re an artist, a composer, a streamer, a writer, or otherwise.

Saber has just launched his very first Kickstarter, for the adult dating sim game FluvStruck, but you might also know him from #DatingSimSaturday where he shares other new and upcoming independent dating sim projects!


The first Death End re;Quest game is, in my opinion, is among the best games that Idea Factory has created to date — you know, alongside Omega Quintet. Strong female protagonists, a consistently dark tone, and engaging combat really put it heads and shoulders above their other titles —although the focus on bad endings and violent deaths was a tad too much…

Death End re;Quest 2 features a new primary cast, with returning protagonist Shina Ninomiya acting as support, and whilst I liked the characters, I disliked the plot and the intense focus on being macabre. Corpse Party scenario writer…


Welcome to the ninth week of Indieview! Indieview is an interview series where I speak with a special guest who works on personal or business projects related to games, whether they’re an artist, a composer, a streamer, a writer, or otherwise.

Sugar Slip is a one-man development team working on visual novel-dating sim-rhythm game Serial Lover, which has been successfully funded on Kickstarter! Inspired to create lasting experiences, Serial Lover is a game with several routes, difficulties, and a lot of replayability.

Mitch: I’ve got to know — what inspired Serial Lover as an idea? I’ve serialsly got to know…


Welcome to the eighth week of Indieview! Indieview is an interview series where I speak with a special guest who works on personal or business projects related to games, whether they’re an artist, a composer, a streamer, a writer, or otherwise.

Have you heard of the recent Otome game on Steam and Itch.io, Love Spell: Written in the Stars? Well, that was developed by Great Gretuski Studios, and today I’m joined by Grettel herself! Maybe you know her best as the Great Gretuski? …

Mitchell Lineham

Writing a novel | Communications Assistant at Funimation UK | Hang around for #Indieview, Otome, and maybe a little more!

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