Otome games, better known as romance games or dating sims, are a popular genre in Japan. Take Konami’s Tokimeki Memorial series, for example. With dozens of sequels and spin-offs, there are more Tokimeki titles than every Halo and Gears of War game combined.
However, dating sim titles are so niche that you rarely see foreign developers take a stab at the genre. That’s why Love & Order, a Canadian developed and proper otome game, caught our eye.
Above: A trailer for Love & Order
Love & Order the latest project from Christine Love, who’s best known for her work on the indie (and DOS friendly) otome game, Digital: A Love Story. Set in the crown prosecutor's office of Montreal, Love & Order follows a young secretary as she solves a mystery, balances her work and her social life, and chooses between four different suitors. The anime art style and generic music fit right in with genre conventions, and only the game's impeccable English gives it away as a non-Japanese otome game.
You can check out a demo of the game on the developer's site. It’s totally cheesy, but we still like the idea of a western studio taking such an unusual project.
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