Since then there have been a small handful of releases increasing each year, including Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom for the PSP and 3DS.
The genre has many style elements in common with shōjo and josei manga,, and sometimes there are Boys' Love elements in otome games, but the two genres are usually kept separate.
The potential partners usually require a certain parameter or parameters to be at a certain level for them to fall in love with you.
There is also often a pure dating aspect of gameplay in simulations.
is a story-based video game that is targeted towards women.
Generally one of the goals, besides the main plot goal, is to develop a romantic relationship between the female player character and one of several male characters.
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The first Japanese otome game to be officially translated and sold in English was the visual novel Yo-Jin-Bo in 2006 for the PC.In 2006, Famitsu's listings for the Top 20 selling love games included seven otome games.Early games borrowed heavily from the iconography and story conventions of "retro shoujo manga", "the archetypical girly heroines, the emphasis on pure, sexless, tranquil romance and on a peaceful, stable setting", but as the category expanded, other narrative and gameplay elements were introduced, including action/adventure, combat and plots in which "the heroine can ‘save the world’ and ‘get the guy’ at the same time".At certain points, or when the player passes certain requirements, special events can occur, often with a "CG" (computer graphic) as a reward.This CG is a set picture featuring the love interest and sometimes the main character in a pose, and some dialogue.