Finding a good otome game can be likened to finding a piece of hay in a stack of needles.
Both extremely hard and excruciatingly painful.
Trust me fellow fairies, I have been there, and am still there. And as a self proclaimed veteran in the otome game community, I am here to assure you that it only gets worse. However, fear not you bright-eyed, newborn otome fairy, Beijing is here to, hopefully, ease your suffering.
I have complied a short list of the major things that I personally look out for when trying to find a good otome game. Of course, this is all from my personal opinion and viewpoint, but I have tried to keep this list broad so that it can be applicable to a wide range of people regardless of personal tastes. That being said however, my own tastes and opinions do come into play so please take everything here with a grain of salt and remember that I am only writing from what I know.
Now that all that stuff if out of the way, let’s get to the list!
1) A Clear and Understandable Description
MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE DESCRIPTION!
Ok, you would think that this is an obvious fact. However, this was not the case when I first started to play otome games. Perhaps this is obvious to all of you because you have, you know, a brain, but it wasn’t to me!
I remember wasting so much time (thankfully not money) playing games where I was totally lost while playing them. I always downloaded the game thinking “Oh, I’ll understand it after playing the prologue”. But that never happened! And soon, I found myself having played a whole route and still being confused!
My advice, if you don’t understand the description, don’t play it. You probably won’t understand the game either.
2) Read the Reviews
If they’re bad, don’t waste your time.
This is another simple concept that I couldn’t get through my young mind when I started playing. Reviews are there for a reason! Read them!
While there are a few strange outliers where people give one star ratings for stupid things, for the most part, reviews are really helpful and important when making the decision on whether to spend your time on a game or not.
3) Look for Nice Artwork
Does this make me sound like a snob? Probably.
Do I care? Kinda.
As snobbish and rude as this sounds, I mean it. Yes, I do know how much effort it takes to create an otome game. I’ve tried just storyboarding an idea I had for one and I was already feeling the soul crushing weight of it. However, there is no denying the fact that good, clean artwork is a sign of professional work.
On that same note, professional work usually means that there are several people working on this project together. And because there are more people to bounce ideas off of, the end product is a ton better than the work that is produced by a single person. Yes, there are a few exceptions, however, this is the general rule of thumb for any product really.
I am not saying that amateur work, or work done by smaller groups that do not have the money to hire more or any artists should just be automatically labeled as trash. However, if you are a person who is new to otome games, then I do recommend that you try out the stuff made by the powerhouse companies such as Chertiz and Voltage Inc. first.
And that just about wraps up all the main points. I sincerely hope that this was helpful to you in some way, shape, or form. Hopefully this will make that stack of needles less intimidating.
Haha, who am I kidding.
Either way, I still hope you at least enjoyed reading this! From one otome fairy to another, I wish you luck in finding your perfect otome bae.
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