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Love & Order brings Japanese dating sim genre to North America, free demo available now

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.

Feb 15, 2011

10 comments

  • KuwaSanjuro - February 16, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    Please FAP this GR, the Catherine one was really funny.
  • Kisokuiki - February 16, 2011 5:01 a.m.

    I loved Digital: A Love Story! You can't really call it an otome game, though; it's entirely linear, and plays more like a typical adventure game. I loved its atmosphere and it was compelling (and short) enough to breeze through in one sitting. Christine Love's also written a few novels. Her writing is great. I may try this one out.
  • laurenhiya21 - February 16, 2011 1:39 a.m.

    meh. i wouldnt mind dating sims, but i think it would have to be japanese or nothing. After all, they are the masters of the dating sim genre. Anyways, i find that "Canadian" and "video game" usually don't go together very well (and this trailer annoys me for some reason. Maybe it's the music?).
  • SOLAMON77 - February 16, 2011 1:35 a.m.

    I just bought Cho Aniki from the PS1 import store on PSN. I've had enough of quirky Japanese stuff for now.
  • g4m3rk1dd - February 16, 2011 12:51 a.m.

    i bet if enough people buy this they will bring "Catherine" to the states GOGO BUYBUY!
  • FreedomPhantom - February 16, 2011 12:40 a.m.

    Lawyers give me many boner! I love flirting with women at the office! office = sexytime!!! 17 minute trailer turn me on!
  • Killshot - February 16, 2011 12:28 a.m.

    Now toss in mechs and a ff tactics deep customization system and im sold . . . . . yeah im not that interested in this genre
  • Sy87 - February 15, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    Hmm that's ok but what the other Japanese games. They got some pretty crazy games, but not just those other games that just never make it to U.S. market I hated seeing games on the JP xbox site and like what we don't get that. Its too much work to get them. I like the middle man to work for me.
  • icedoesnthelp - February 15, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    I'm a sad sad man, i'm actually downloading it. sigh.
  • Nodoudt - February 15, 2011 11:43 p.m.

    Ehh, we need wackier Japanese stuff. Like Sakura Taisen! Who doesn't love and RTS/dating sim??

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