Weird otome games from Japan


Otome games have an impressive track record of rescuing deprived singletons from loneliness by supplying 2D characters who can’t wait to date themBut things can get a little predictable once you become an experienced otome gamer. To spice up your gaming experience, play these 8 weird otome games that will leave you questioning your life.


1. My Horse Prince (2016)


Meeting Yuuma
Image credit: USAYA

My Horse Prince tells the tale of an unlikely love between a human and a horse

You play as a young lady who has spent every 14th February, since birth, alone – until a detour to a ranch changes your life. On that fateful day, you witness the arrival of your Prince Charming, Yuuma. He smirks, inches closer, and without warning, kabedons you.

Yuuma's kabedon
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From then on, you’ll need to build a relationship with Yuuma to unlock new story chapters. To do so, you should talk to Yuuma once every 30 minutes. 

Talking to YuumaImage credit: USAYA

When talking to Yuuma, the game will regularly give you dialogue options to choose from. Pick the best option to boost Yuuma’s stamina level. When his stamina level is high, his bond with you can be strengthened more effectively.

Yuuma doing chores
Image adapted from: USAYA

As for actually increasing the bond level, you’ll have to click on items, such as carrots and treadmills, which spawn in real time. 

Clicking on these items will also trigger different animations, depending on the story chapter. As such, you can watch Yuuma use his 2 muscular front legs to carry out domestic and hard labour alike, from cutting up green onion stalks to doing construction work.

My Horse Prince
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My Horse Prince

 

As it’s an offline game, My Horse Prince does not consume any mobile data. Feel free to keep Yuuma company while on the train – just don’t forget to turn down your screen brightness to avoid questioning looks from the passenger next to you.

Price: Free
Get it from: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android)


2. Hatoful Boyfriend (2011)


Hatoful Boyfriend Main MenuImage credit: Devolver

If horses aren’t your thing, try pigeons instead.

In a world where pigeons and humans share an equal intellectual and social standing, Hiyoko Tosaka, a full-fledged human being, finds herself at St. Pigeonation’s Institute, an elite academic institution for pigeons.

Hatoful Boyfriend chatImage credit: Devolver

Playing as Hiyoko, you’ll get to know your newfound pigeon friends better as you venture through their respective story routes. Be it the boisterous, pudding-obsessed track captain Okosan, the flirty senpai Yuuya, or even the mysterious school doctor Shuu, each and every pigeon has an elaborate backstory waiting to be unravelled by you.

Hatoful Boyfriend Shuu IwamineImage credit: Devolver

However, Hatoful Boyfriend is more than just a light-hearted otome game about your feathered companions. There are character endings so heart-wrenching that you’ll have to make peace with the fact that a pigeon dating simulator made you cry. 

Meanwhile, the “Bad Boys Love” path bears a suspenseful mystery-solving plot that uncovers the real reason why Hiyoko is in the school in the first place. Through this route, you’ll learn more details about the peculiar world of Hatoful Boyfriend.

Two pigeons chatting
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Filled with corny bird puns every-birdy will roll their eyes at, as well as dashing personae behind the beaks and feathers, Hatoful Boyfriend is a game worth your time to explore.

Hatoful Boyfriend - PlayStation 4 Gameplay Trailer
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Hatoful Boyfriend - PlayStation 4 Gameplay Trailer

 

Price: USD9.99 (PC, PS4), USD4.99 (iOS, Android)
Get it from: Steam (PC), Playstation Store (PS4), App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android)


3. Creature Romances: Kokonoe Kokoro (2018)


Creature Romances Kokoro poster
Image credit: @sekaiproject

In Creature Romances: Kokonoe Kokoro, you play as Ichitarou Ichinose, a high school boy without much direction in life. However, there is one goal you’re certain of – get Kokoro, your pretty childhood friend, to successfully fall in love with you.

Before you think that this is just another clichéd otome plot, it is important to mention this: Kokoro isn’t like the other girls – she’s half-human, half-grasshopper.

Wooing KokoroImage credit: Sekai Project

How do you woo your crush? Simple – be so terrible at studying and planning for your future that she is compelled to help you get your life together. As you spend more time with her, mutual feelings will eventually develop.

But getting the girl of your dreams is not that easy. Pining, struggling with low self esteem, and dealing with life-or-death situations are all part and parcel of building a successful relationship with Kokoro.

Kokoro's lipsImage credit: Sekai Project

The game comes with fully-voiced dialogues so you can indulge in Kokoro’s sweet-sounding voice. However, we recommend playing the game with your room door locked – just in case someone walks in at the wrong moment.

Price: USD2.99
Get it from: Steam (PC)


4. Romantic Creatures: For The Ladies (2020)


Romantic Creatures For The Ladies
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Date a delinquent who’s too cool for school in Romantic Creatures: For The Ladies. In fact, these boys are so cool that they don’t even have human faces. Instead, they look like they have just emerged from a museum of prehistoric insects. 

In this strange alternate universe, you play as Nanami, a high school student who falls sick one day. While entering the nurse’s office, you bump into Junya, your childhood friend who’s also a notorious troublemaker in school. He takes good care of you in the nurse’s office after noticing that you’re unwell.

Meeting Kaito
Image credit: Sekai Project

Under his care, you doze off and wake up in the evening. While heading down the stairs, you trip and fall into the arms of Kaito, another school delinquent and the leader of a gang that has beef with Junya.

Arcade with JunyaImage credit: Sekai Project

After encountering the 2 male characters, you have to choose either Junya or Kaito to begin your next romance. You can then eat crepes, play arcade games, and escape from perilous situations together with your chosen partner.

This game is made by the same company that brought you Creature Romances: Kokonoe Kokoro, so you can expect good Japanese voice acting and great visuals during your gameplay.

Price: USD2.99
Get it from: Steam (PC)


5. Paca Plus (2017)


Paca Plus poster
Image credit: Sekai Project

Paca Plus features the lovelier, fluffier cousin of llamas – alpacas.

Kazuma Saeki brings his girlfriend, Yukari Izumi, to the Alpaca Kingdom as a birthday treat, given their shared enthusiasm for the fluffy animal. To his surprise, this trip transforms Yukari into an alpaca – but only in his own eyes.

Maid Alpaca
Image credit: Sekai Project

Playing from Kazuma’s perspective, you’ll struggle to make sense of this strange phenomenon. Apparently, no one else senses anything wrong with your alpaca girlfriend.

Violinist AlpacaImage credit: Sekai Project

If you’ve ever wondered what a violin-playing alpaca looks like, or would love to hear Yukari’s raspy alpaca voice, then do give this cute game a try.

PacaPlus Intro Video
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PacaPlus Intro Video

 

Price: USD9.99
Get it from: Steam (PC)


6. Gakuen Handsome (2010)


Gakuen Handsome poster
Image credit: Amazon

Gakuen Handsome is here to show you what true male beauty looks like. With desirable features such as a skin-piercing jawline, noodle-like silhouettes, and delicately proportioned hands, the male characters in this game will triumph over all other otome boyfriends you’ve dated before.

Childhood friend SaotomeImage credit: Tohoku Penet

In this game, you play as a student in an all-boys school. While going about your school life, you’ll get to meet various male characters and build a deeper relationship with them. From your childhood buddy Saotome to the arrogant student council president Kagami, the game accurately presents every major character archetype you’ll find in anime.

Teacher in Gakuen HandsomeImage credit: Tohoku Penet

In all, Gakuen Handsome is an entertaining satire of the otome and Boy’s Love genre. Though English translations are not available yet, we’re sure that the MSPaint-level graphics alone will be enough to compel you to continue the game.

Gakuen Handsome anime
Image credit: Crunchyroll

An anime of the same name was released in 2016. Check out the trailer below.

TVアニメ「学園ハンサム」PV
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TVアニメ「学園ハンサム」PV

 

Price: ¥500 (~USD4.72) (Windows, MacOS), USD6.99 (iOS), USD7.99 (Android)
Get it from: Booth (Windows, MacOS), App Store (iOS), Google Playstore (Android)


7. Kabedon: Never Wanna Let You Go (2016)


Kabedon game main screen
Image credit: Agali Inc.

If you can’t commit to time-consuming plot-based otome games, try Kabedon: Never Wanna Let You Go. It is a mobile clicker game with a simple storyline – you play as Don, a high school student wooing your childhood best friend. You once overheard her say, “Once in a lifetime, I wish someone [sic] KABEDON me…”

As such, you set out to do just that.

4-limb kabedon
Image credit: Agali Inc.

However, a classical wall slam is basic in the world of kabedon. Instead, you’ve decided to impress your crush with fancy kabedon variations, such as a floor-don, leg-don, and eventually a don using all 4 limbs.

Eventually, the game will present you with 3 potential routes to follow through. Depending on the route, you’ll unlock different endings.

Price: Free
Get it from: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android)


8. I Love You, Colonel Sanders! (2019)


Colonel Sanders Dating Sim Main MenuImage credit: Psyop

I Love You, Colonel Sanders! is an otome game that will have you drooling for KFC – but for a reason unrelated to food.

In this game, you are given the opportunity of a lifetime to date the founder of KFC. The plot begins with your first day at the University of Cooking School Academy for Learning, where you meet the legendary Colonel Sanders.

Fighting a Spork monsterImage credit: Psyop

Through a variety of gameplay elements, from Pokemon-style battles to sudden timed quizzes, you and Colonel Sanders train to be excellent chefs while fending off a Spork Monster and overly competitive classmates.

Colonel Sander's houseImage credit: Psyop

As your relationship with Colonel Sanders grows increasingly intimate, you’ll get the chance to visit his house, where you’ll discover several easter eggs about KFC’s history.

Colonel Sanders firing upImage credit: Psyop

While not a game you’d want to play when you’re hungry, this dating sim marries high-quality visuals with a funny storyline to bring you a Finger Lickin’ Good time you’ll never forget.

I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator Trailer
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I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator Trailer

 

Price: Free
Get it from: Steam (PC)


Weird otome games to play


Normal otome games bring us happiness by offering virtual love prospects to our lonely lives. But these weird otome games can offer you happiness in another way – through laughter. 

Brace yourself for one of the strangest experiences in your life, and don’t forget to share the joy with your friends by sending them a screenshot of your favourite horse prince.

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Cover image adapted from (left to right): USAYA, Devolver, Psyop

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