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…


Welcome to the sixteenth issue 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 a very talented artist who makes the desktop wallpapers I use on both my personal and work laptops… it’s cravat! Yes, dat one! You might’ve seen her artwork around, especially if you follow a few voice-actors and actresses who’ve commissioned her, but you should totally check out her work on Twitter, Instagram, Patreon (those…


Hi all! Otome is growing in the West, and I’ve wanted to put a little guide together on what’s been officially announced for localisation, who’s publishing it, when you can get it and why I’m excited for each of these titles. I’m pretty much a sucker for anything Otome at this point, and if they get released physically in the UK? You can bet I’m pre-ordering ASAP! I might backfill on some Nintendo Switch Otome games, just for the sake of having the info in one place, too.

It’s not a huge guide right now, but it’ll be a living…


What makes a video game ending good? Generally, for me, I like a story that has a beginning, a middle and an end. I’m not a fan of cliffhangers if there’s no promise of a new entry, and I’ve been scorned by way too many games that have just eternally left me hanging. I like a tidy, neat end that may still leave the possibility of more adventures open, without leaving its own plot threads undone.

Some of these titles will be clear cliffhangers, but some of them are just done so well! …


Welcome to the fifteenth issue 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 someone I’ve been a fan of for a long time, and that is visual novel developer ebi-hime! Chances are if you’re a fan of visual novels and play plenty of them on Steam, you’ll have come across one of her titles. …


Highway Blossoms is celebrating its fifth year, woo! Studio Élan has announced that the game, along with its Next Exit DLC, will be coming to unspecified consoles in the future, and it’s definitely one you should give a chance if PC gaming isn’t your thing. If you’re familiar with my work, especially previously at Rice Digital, then you’d know I’m a HUGE fan of Highway Blossoms. But what makes it so good?

It’s a yuri/gay game that isn’t filled with fluff. It tackles depression in a very real, heart-breaking way. It deals with people not knowing what they want from…


I’m a very big Apex Legends fan, all. Some of you who know me might be surprised because I rarely play competitive games, and I even more rarely play first-person shooters, but Apex Legends? I love it. Absolutely love it. It scratches the same sort of itch that Overwatch did, but I didn’t like it nearly as much from the start — in fact, I was convinced it wasn’t for me until I tried it again maybe six or so months ago!

What changed my mind? Well, I was watching a streamer play it solo, and I wondered why I…


Welcome to the fourteenth issue 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. And this time, it’s a very unique otherwise! A musical band performing in the world of Eorzea?!

This week I am joined by the lovely leader of Mosh Mosh, who leads a band who performs across different worlds found in MMO Final Fantasy XIV (did you know that there’s a free trial up to level 60 and also includes…


Welcome to the thirteenth issue 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 Brian Trieu, who not long ago released their fantastic visual novel Aquadine on Steam and itch.io, which you should definitely try out — take it from me, it’s very funny and engaging! This is SoftColor’s first game, and today we’re going to talk all about it and the future of the studio!

Want to…


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…

Mitchell Lineham

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