While the plots of otome games differ greatly, there is usually a single female main character, and several good-looking males of varying "types".
Gameplay occasionally does not particularly focus on romance, even if there are several characters whose "routes" you can follow.
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.
Otome games that are released on console and handheld platforms contain no pornographic content, as companies such as Sony and Nintendo do not allow it.
Clannad is a visual novel developed by Key and released on April 2004 in Japan, first on the PC and later on the PS2 in 2006 and the PSP and Xbox 360 in 2008.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.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.Like its predecessor, its gameplay combines a traditional role-playing game with elements of a social simulation.
Its critical and commercial success spawned a sizable media empire, including several spinoff titles. It was later ported to the Xbox 360, PSP, and i OS devices.
In 2002, Konami released its very successful Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side, which brought many new fans to the still-new genre.