Two of Japan’s most popular dating sim series, , where you have the opportunity to romance the cute virtual boy of your choice.
The general format for the games usually involves taking on the role of a high school student who advances through several years of school while attempting to forge relationships with a variety of NPCs.
Perhaps it’s not “cool” to role-play as a character when the aim of the game is to win someone’s heart instead of fighting a war or defeating a dastardly nemesis?
But if you’ve ever played dating sims before, you’ll know that they can be a huge amount of fun.
Princesses, ninjas, wizards, ballerinas, sports stars - otome heroines can be anything.
(Don’t do what I did in demonstrates what the series is like pretty well.
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.
Everyone has different tastes, so it's a good idea to check out multiple opinions!
This is a list of the best dating sim games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available.
If you've never played a dating sim, just know that there isn't much challenge, as it's more of an interactive movie than an actual video game.