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Post by vocaotome on 15/04/13, 07:35 pm

I've noticed that many new otome gamers here are being discouraged by the fact that many of the older gamers have some amount of Japanese knowledge and thinking they might not have much opportunities to play without any background on Japanese. However that is not true, many of us didn't have much idea when we  started playing otome games. There are a number of Japanese games translated to English as well, so new players can start with them first, then later move on to games with easy grammar which can be translated halfway using certain software.

For all my posing, I’m not even close to fluent XD All the Japanese I know are tidbits I picked up from watching anime and playing visual novels. I can read Hiragana, but I am still struggling with Katakana and let’s not even talk about Kanjis XDDD So if I can play Japanese otome games, you can too!

Note: If you want to play PS2,PSP and NDS games on PC, see the 2nd to last topic, "emulation".



  • English freeware downloads

There are a good number of English otome games with romance themes, specially at Lemmasoft forums, but not all are free, and many are made by only a small group of people and you cannot always expect the same quality as commercial games. I only mention here the ones which
                a) are FREE
                 b) I feel are pretty good
                 c) I have played myself

Long list with download links inside the Spoiler.
Spoiler:

1) Re:Alistair is a freeware from sakevisual. I loved it because of its gorgeous art and super awesome story in such a small span. Sakevisual does good work in general, but Re:Alistair   is too good! It was also my first otome game^^
2) duplicity~An eternal Lie~ is a freeware from roseverte, it's a kinda "test" version, I don't want to call it a demo since there is enough content and the routes can be played up to the endings. Though story gives a "unfinished" feel, it was a lot of fun! The final version of the game is commercial.
3) Frozen Essence by VenusEclipse (who is made of awesome for doing such a great job by herself). At first glance it might not seem much, but trust me it has the most complex and thoughtful plot I've ever encountered in an otome game. Most otome games are either fluff heaven or rape story with stereotypical plot, this game was like a breath of fresh air ^^ People often are put off by the art at first, but for a single person project it is more than
adequate.
4) (P)lanets -the life of normalcy has ended! from Teacup productions is a really cute game, it was a really refreshing and cute read, and teacup definitely worked hard on her own! Like Venuseclipse, she is an awesome person who tried her best by herself for us fellow otome lovers ^o^ The story is a sweet high school plot with a little sci-fi mixed (is telepathy sci-fi? I dunno), and the humor is really good.
5) Boku No Shokora,literally "My chocolate" is a free doujin game that has been translated. It was a very short yet fun read (I was literally falling off my chair at some points, haha)
6)The Knife of The Traitor is a small freeware otome game with rather quirky and awesome humor made for NaNoRenO 2012. I had a lot of fun playing this one! If you can't access the forum, try the download links in my review post.
7 ) Witch Spell:I forgot to mention this one, it's yet another short and cute game from lemmasoft forums (which I have only started stalking recently). It was very silly and funny, I was halfway torn between smacking the heroine for being so stupid and praising her for being able to make me laugh so much.XDXD I really liked the way she used emoticons while expressing her thoughts lol.
9) Heartful Chance:Another new game by the same maker as Witch spell, I'm still playing this so no comment, but I'm hoping it will be as funny as their last game :D
10) Prince maker:Prince Maker Braveness is a Chinese game by Alfagame. It is a raising simulation visual novel adventure game (SVG AVG game very much similar to the Princess Maker series but it incorporates more in depth storyline into it. This game is free for download, and a completely translated version can be downloaded from here here.Just download the game from the links right below the last picture, along with the patch needed for your Operating system.
11)Summer Found Me: Another lemmasoft game that I absolutely loved. The story at a glance seems very normal: a girl wants to confess to her crush before finishing high school, but the characters are all really charming and original and the story not cliche at all ^o^ And the MC is an otaku! I could relate to everything she did :D
12)A troll's fairytale: The most hot blooded heroine I've ever seen in an otome game! XD Acacia is quite unique (she can be almost problematically violent yet has such a romantic heart) and the men were interesting, especially Edavine jdhsfhjg he's wonderful~ (make sure you follow Damien’s path first then Edavine in order to get the whole feel of the story).
13)Nachtigal: A very dark vampire love story that's closer to horror than the average sparkly pretty boy sagas XD It's actually a pay-what-you-want ware, so you can pay whatever you want, or get it free, or play it for free and pay for it according to to your enjoyment level later. So neat!
14)Pyrite Heart: Pretty graphics, slightly cliched but cute.
15)Fate/Knight Rhapsody ACT 1: I can't believe how this could be free. The graphics, the music-better than most pro studios! And it's based on the ever popular fate series's awesome Saber as the main character! Embarassed/ Kyaa! 
16)Halloween Otome: A very cute and funny game with a heroine with an awesome sense of humor. She seemed like my spirit animal in her behavior XD The guys were pretty entertaining and the comedy was gold Love it!
17)Splendidest Otoge: You date a cake. Yup. Seriously. And get some deep life lessons while you're at it. This game was amazingly brilliant for the seemingly silly premise, and is a must play! It's a browser game so you don't even need to download.
18)Autumn’s Journey: Ridiculously cute game that focuses on friendship and is way to professionally made to be free like it is! :D  You might recognize the artist, she has worked on multiple commercial games~ I loved how the main character was sweet and bubbly yet a strong female knight. Sparkle  And the dateable guys (dating is entirely optional, they're awesome friends either way!) are dragons (and sweethearts to boot)! Woot!
19)Reverie: an odd sim date: A dark yet sad game with an alice in wonderland feel, browser game. I really love this creator. Her writing style is great, and she is very skilled at making people cry so have a tissue ready. (You MUST play Joker's route last!)
20)Where Adabanas Grow: Same creator as above so prepare yourself for some massive feels. I liked Reverie better because I'm a sap, but this game is more touching. (You MUST play the King's route last!)
21)Saccharine: a sim date: Again, same creator. This one is less feels and more tragedy and twists. Still quite brilliant though. I never thought things would turn out like this when I started playing, it wasn't called a misleading sim date for nothing. When playing be sure to follow the Ivan->Dominicus->Isador order.
22)Seduce me: The only full length free otome game with complete voice acting in my knowledge. It's a pretty exciting supernatural story where you can date incubuses, humans and a succubus. XD I particularly liked how many of your actions were morally grey when you think hard on the effects. I wish there was less repetition across the routes though.
23)Rei: Mystery otome game involving a ghost boy.
24)The Blind Griffin: Yet another interesting game by Cyanide tea set in the early twentieth century. Played one route so far, it was brilliant and adorable.
25)Wanted: Dragon: The only purely evil otome game protagonist I've encountered so far. I loved it XD
26)a2 ~a due~: It was a very sweet, funny and emotional story about music, family bonds, friendship and maybe even love~ Don't let the protagonist's looks discourage you, she's a great character.


You can see that I started getting lazier with my summaries over time orz


  • List of Commercial games available in English

OELVN (original English language visual novel)
Always Remember Me
Love & Order
X-Note
Heileen 1,2,3
Cafe 0~The Drowned Mermaid
Date Warp
Fatal hearts
Magical Diary Horse Hall
The Flower Shop: Winter in Fairbrook
dUpLicity - Beyond the Lies
Host Holic  
1931: Scheherazade at the Library of Pergamum
Cinders
The Royal Trap
Area-x
Blue Rose
Miranda's Choice (the prologue is free)
Nicole

Japanese/Korean Games translated to English
Alice in the Heart (Android/iphone version translated, PC/PSP version untranslated)
Starry ☆ Sky ~in Spring~
The Second Reproduction
Hatoful Boyfriend
Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side 1,2 (DS only)
Hakuouki ~Shinsengumi Kitan~ (Named Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~ for PSP,  Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi for 3DS)
Otometeki Koi Kakumei Love Revo!! (DS version translated, PC version untranslated)
Yo-Jin-Bo ~Unmei no Freude~
Dandelion ~Wishes brought to you~
Sweet Fuse: At Your Side (PSP only)
Princess Nightmare

You guys should also follow the Englishotomegames blog on tumblr, it's updated regularly with latest news on English translated otome games. I also didn't count the voltage/solmare games (with the ticket stuff and the like) above, she lists everything.


How to play
NON-ENGLISH visual novels (without English patches):


I mainly play the VNs that either have been translated by company themselves or have an English patch, but since most of the BEST otome games tend to be in japanese and are rarely translated, so I had to learn the tricks to use translator programs to translate in game text. Mainly you need these programs- ATLAS, AGTH or ITH, and Translator Aggragator.

  • AGTH is Anime Games Text Hooker, and ITH is Interactive Text Hooker. Both AGTH and ITH extract the text from the game as you play, but I mainly use ITH now a days as it is newer and works better with new games.
  • ATLAS is an OFFLINE translator which instantly translates the text extracted by AGTH/ITH
  • Translator Aggragator is an awesome program that runs Atlas alongside a couple of online translator interfaces, so you can get multiple translations in case of confusing lines (that happens a lot).
  • Local Emulator is cool program that removes the need to Change your regional settings to Japanese.

Often games have special region-crack patches and such, before playing you should check this page at Mistress Alita’s for detailed explanations. The information is a bit old -she mainly used AGTH and h-codes which ITH doesn't need most of the time. You can look up  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Japanese Gaming in her site if you want in depth explanations. It's a GREAT guide, and you should read it if you're new to all this, but I think you should take a look at the instructions below FIRST to have an idea of what you have to do before getting flooded with info, OK?

So what you have to do is:


-Change your regional settings to Japanese as per the instructions in Sasugasugoi's "Regional Settings Tutorial" if you use XP/Windows7, see Misstress Alita's guide if you use Mac. The reason you have to do this is because your computer has to be able to recognize the Japanese text used in the games and needs to have the proper fonts.
OR, download local emulator, unzip the file and install from LEInstaller.exe. Now open your Japanese game by right clicking the exe, selecting Local Emulator-->Run with Application profile. A pop up will appear and you'll have to set up the application profile the first time only, after that you'll get a "Local Emulator-->Run in Japanese (Admin)" option that you should use. 

You should be able to play Japanese games by doing either of the above options. Small warning: some game files are strangely encoded and their filenames become unreadable if you unzip them without changing your regional settings, and sometimes that prevents the game from running. So using local emulator would mean you might have problem running that small percentage of games. Setting the locale to Japanese is fool proof,but some people don't like to do that and they can use Local Emulator instead.

-Start the game Download this VN tools pack (229 MB, contains ATLAS, AGTH, ITH, edict2, Mecab, TAHelper,TAplugin) and
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-Use ITH to extract the text from the game, there's no installation needed, just copy it wherever you want. Look up Sasugasugoi's "Interactive Text Hooker Tutorial" for details for use
-Install ATLAS according to "Atlas Fujitsu v.14 Tutorial", we only need to install it once and forget about it, since Translation Aggregator doesn't need ATLAS open to use it.
-Then open Translation Aggregator (just copy it wherever you want, no install required) by running Translation Aggregator.exe which will have a couple of windows. Close all other than the following:  "ATLAS", "Google","Honyaku","Babel Fish", "Excite" and "Original Text". Actually you need only "ATLAS" and "Original Text", the rest are online translators to help you with the confusing lines. If you don't have internet when playing these 2 are enough. Enable automatic translation for each window by clicking on the icon that looks like a clipboard, right next to the name of the window.

From now on ITH will automatically capture the text of your Japanese game as the lines of the game progress with your clicks/on auto mode and the ATLAS window of Translation Aggregator will translate it immediately even if you're offline. Any online translator windows you have open will do the same, but you'll need to be connected to the net.

More things to know

H-codes: There can be some problems with the text captured by ITH: it can have repeated words, weird nonsense, or not contain all the text-which means you'll have to use a H-code (just a word, nothing big) that will tell the program how to get the correct. For AGTH you have to use H-codes for many games, but for ITH it's pretty rare since ITH can handle these problems itself. I'll explain the process of adding h-codes later since most of the time you won't need any. You can't make h-codes, you'll have to find the ones people with programming knowledge have already found out. Visit here to check if your otome game needs any from here, or this page at Mistress Alita’s for detailed explanations (the database has more game codes and is updated regularly, but they aren’t detailed).

NoCD/NoDVD/AlphaROM patches: A lot of games need patches to run because the games are region locked meaning people outside japan can't play them without patches (I have no clue why the makers hate the idea of foreigners buying their games). The details on whether a game needs such patch is mentioned at the Mistress Alita link above, but if even her advice doesn’t work try using a different version of the patch available here

Now you can go and read the
Complete idiot guide, it can't scare you any longer :p

Optional for Japanese learners
Read under spoiler if you have had some exposure to Japanese at least
Spoiler:
Translation Aggregator has a couple excellent features for Japanese learners. No translations here, just some quick definitions when needed and your own existing knowledge. I love Translator Aggragator because it allows me to use JParser and Mecab, as I often like to read the original japanese lines if they’re Hiragana heavy with easy kanjis and just look up the harder Kanjis on Mecab. People have told me that doing that will hinder my Kanji learning, but it works for me since I am not actively studying any Kanji atm (on my final year at varsity, so busy orz), and playing otome games this way at least keeps me from forgetting the ones I know. (I sometimes look up Kanji from this great site too, if you can just spot the radicals you can find the Kanji using this.)

Install Mecab using mecab-0.98.exe in the pack.  Like ATLAS, we only need to install it once and forget about it, since Translation Aggregator doesn't need it open either. Put the edict2 file into Translation Aggregator’s “dictionaries” directory for using JParser.
You can run both Mecab and JParser by enabling the windows for them in Translation Aggregator.



  • Guide Sites for Japanese Games:

I need to warn any fellow Otome game lover about this: ALWAYS HAVE A GUIDE AT HAND! 90% of otome games (a lot of VNs in general) have such impossible-to-guess choices that you can never predict! I mainly use the following sites for my walkthroughs and keep 2 tabs open when I play-one showing the original guide, and the other a google-translated version of it.

Peche
La primavera
Half Adder

However sometimes looking around for other guides is wise.  Often google can be your friend, try finding out the japanese name of your game from VNDB (Visual Novel Database) and google it with “攻略”.


  • Where to buy otome games:

Japanese games: The WONDERFUL cadavaberry of tumblr has provided very detailed instructions in her reblog of this post on buying Japanese games, check it out.

EDIT: Otome Jikan has an even better and detailed article on this HERE.

English games: Among the companies that make English otome games for PC, the ones I like most are:
Sakevisual
Roseverte
Hanako Games
Winter Wolves
Cheritz


  • Emulation:

I use the below emulators for games on Non-PC platforms:

Playstation Portable (PSP): PPSSPP and JPCSP are the main 2 PSP emulators. PPSSPP works much faster than JPCSP and is much easier to install and handle, and now even supports integration with visual novel reader which means emulated games can be hooked like PC games. So I recommend PPSSPP. Sakimichi has a tutorial on installing it here.
If you want to hook text from PSP games I have a tutorial on VNR, but before reading that you should check out Sakimichi’s basic tutorial on it. Warning: VNR is quite resource hungry, and can be rather uncooperative if your computer is old. (Mine is almost 8 years old so it gives me trouble sometimes Crying )

Playstation 2 (PS2):

PCSX2 is the only PS2 emulator that currently does everything you want and gives playable results on a reasonable number (but not all) of games. Get it here: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Nintendo DS (NDS): Hmm, I am torn between DeSmuMe and NO$GBA, as DeSmuMe is much more advanced and user-friendly than NO$GBA, which is faster but has less options. I suggest desmume if your PC/laptop is good enough.

And that is all for now, I'm open to suggestions to how to improve this guide cat


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Post by Loren Leah on 15/04/13, 08:28 pm

What an awesomely helpful post! Hey admins, could we get a sticky on this?

One more link I'll throw in: JPCSP for Dummies is a pretty good guide to getting that emulator to work. In the newer 3000+ builds of JCPSP there's a much easier way to get voices playing!

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Post by rene05 on 15/04/13, 08:36 pm

OMG...it was your blog....that I went through for setting up JPCSP...LOL... now I got a chance to say thank you.....

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Post by recha22 on 15/04/13, 10:04 pm

Wow... :shock:... this is so awesome and helpful, Thank you! :D

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Post by NuitNoire on 15/04/13, 11:19 pm

Nice compilation, Voca! If I think of anything to add, I'll poke ya about it!

And she's right that most of us started with little knowledge. I started playing La Corda d'Oro with almost no knowledge of Japanese, studying as I went along. I couldn't hook up AGTH, ATLAS, or any of the other text hooks, so I did the best I could- I'm going to have to go through again and read it now that I know what's being said XD

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Post by Ace of Hearts on 15/04/13, 11:41 pm

NuitNoire wrote:Nice compilation, Voca! If I think of anything to add, I'll poke ya about it!

And she's right that most of us started with little knowledge. I started playing La Corda d'Oro with almost no knowledge of Japanese, studying as I went along. I couldn't hook up AGTH, ATLAS, or any of the other text hooks, so I did the best I could- I'm going to have to go through again and read it now that I know what's being said XD

I agree with NuitNoire. This is an amazing source of info you've gathered Voca. It must have taken a while to set it all up. Sheer beauty <3

I also started out with no knowledge of Japanese when I began playing otome games. It didn't (and still doesn't) feel like hard work though. The whole time I play, I am engaged in learning because the games makes it fun. It shouldn't feel like a burden. Although if you start feelings tired, and like you are starting to miss things you normally would understand, that is a good time to take a breather.

With all of Voca's tutorials and advice in this post, I guarantee anyone can learn to enjoy the Japanese games too. Give it a shot~

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Post by BlueMist on 16/04/13, 12:02 am

Whooooa...This is really helpful thanks!

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Post by EclairHime on 16/04/13, 10:43 am

It seems really helpful, but 'how to play non-English visual novels' part seems really complicated to me >.< I hope I can completely figure it out when I fully read the guide :D Thanks for everything smile

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Post by vocaotome on 16/04/13, 04:13 pm

EclairHime wrote:It seems really helpful, but 'how to play non-English visual novels' part seems really complicated to me >.< I hope I can completely figure it out when I fully read the guide :D Thanks for everything smile

Well it is a bit of pain for new people to set up all those softwares, I remember how much googling and forum stalking I had to do when I started. sad It's only natural to feel so, don't be discouraged! I tried to explain everything in steps without using any complicated jargon (I also advised to read that Idiot's guide after you read what I wrote because it would have been even more overwhelming), but still if you have something you don't get you can always ask me here or in a PM smile

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Post by Topaztan on 17/04/13, 09:25 am

Hey I just noticed this here, and like, WOW. This post is amazing especially for beginners, and English-only speakers. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

ugh, PSP emulation is a huge pain. I tried getting one to work after my bother busted my PSP... I just kinda failed. Good luck to anyone who tries. C:

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Post by Eryx on 18/04/13, 07:21 pm

Nice compilation! This is indeed helpful. :Db

Mecab is giving me a hard time to make it work. I loved using both JParser and Mecab. Though I'm usually okay with just JParser, Mecab gets the correct furigana for names. >_<

For guides, Momokan is good too. smile

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Post by hanna18 on 18/04/13, 09:57 pm

oh.. thank you ><

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 23/04/13, 04:17 am

Totally late on the uptake, but great guide, vocaotome! Not to sound like an ass, but I'm sure it will prevent a flood of pointless topics on how to otome-game.

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Post by Shaye on 24/04/13, 07:02 am

Hey, I found a website that is offering a way to translate visual novels without the extra difficulty of the patching process. I haven't tried it out yet, but it looks awesome!

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 24/04/13, 07:35 am

That does sound like a pretty neat programme. If it allows me to access the text, (as in, I can copy and paste it, etc.) then I have no reason to not use it and help translate more games. My translation methods include cross-referencing with my dictionaries to make sure it's accurate, so it'd be much harder if I can't highlight the text I want to double check.

I just skimmed through the article, so I'm sure I missed some important details.

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Post by ShiroyukiSatsuki on 27/07/13, 08:43 pm

Thank you so much for writing all of this down Laughing dududu Laughing dududu Laughing dududu  Well I actually kinda have most of the stuffs you wrote down but I am still totally amazed by the dedication you put in that! Showed this to my friend and her eyes went pop with delight haha! Cheers to you!

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Post by QueenOfLiars on 19/10/13, 02:32 am

Oooohh! Thank you! This is super helpful! Just as planned

Although a PSP Emulator barely works for my computer cause it's a old dinosaur, so I just use my mom's computer from time to time.

But thanks for this!

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Post by BloodyFallen on 18/11/13, 05:35 am

ATLAS is going haywire on my Windows 8 :S Any advice?

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Post by Aqsa on 02/01/14, 11:33 am

Can anyone give me link to free reverse harem themed game? english -translated.. coz i  searched and searched but all i can find are Japanese ones.. :(i tried to use translators like you mentioned but no use.. 
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Post by reyscha on 02/01/14, 08:17 pm

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well, most of the English-translated otome games are not free, unfortunately.. but you can look it up on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and search for the free one~ (example: Pyrite Heart) the site always updates about otome games in many platforms, such as PSP, iOS, android, computer, and the good news is everything is translated/written in English so you don't have to worry about it being in Japanese~
it's a bit hassle to browse one by one because there isn't any tags, but I hope it helps!  Ehehe~

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 02/01/14, 08:48 pm

It looks way more updated than my list here on OH! Sadly, I'm not as invested in English otome games as much as most fans seeing as I can understand Japanese! I sincerely hope for the day that more games get localised.

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Post by Aqsa on 02/01/14, 09:12 pm

reyscha wrote:hello!
well, most of the English-translated otome games are not free, unfortunately.. but you can look it up on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and search for the free one~ (example: Pyrite Heart) the site always updates about otome games in many platforms, such as PSP, iOS, android, computer, and the good news is everything is translated/written in English so you don't have to worry about it being in Japanese~
it's a bit hassle to browse one by one because there isn't any tags, but I hope it helps!  Ehehe~
Thank you for your help.. i actually can't change my regional setting because it gives error when i restart my PC  Crying i have tried many things but none helps even the English-translated ones doesn't run without regional settings Crying , so i gave up  Bleh  .. now what i learned is that download the ones which are originally in English.. and now i might be able to play my First Game..  Music  yay!

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Post by reyscha on 03/01/14, 10:30 am

Laramie Castiel wrote:It looks way more updated than my list here on OH! Sadly, I'm not as invested in English otome games as much as most fans seeing as I can understand Japanese! I sincerely hope for the day that more games get localised.
yes, the site is updating constantly so it's a good place if you're looking for multi-specs otome news~  Sparkle 
aah, I'm jealous of you--Crying I do hope lots of VNs will be given a chance at getting localized too!  Ehehe~ 

Aqsa wrote:Thank you for your help.. i actually can't change my regional setting because it gives error when i restart my PC  Crying i have tried many things but none helps even the English-translated ones doesn't run without regional settings Crying , so i gave up  Bleh  .. now what i learned is that download the ones which are originally in English.. and now i might be able to play my First Game..  Music  yay!
eh? error after restart?  shocked  what OS are you on? have you also tried to google the error code or change the region while on admin user?

I think Ren'Py VNs are independent on region settings, so you can at least play Ren'Py VNs :3

Don't give up just yet! :D

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Aqsa wrote:Thank you for your help.. i actually can't change my regional setting because it gives error when i restart my PC  Crying i have tried many things but none helps even the English-translated ones doesn't run without regional settings Crying , so i gave up  Bleh  .. now what i learned is that download the ones which are originally in English.. and now i might be able to play my First Game..  Music  yay!
eh? error after restart?  shocked  what OS are you on? have you also tried to google the error code or change the region while on admin user?

I think Ren'Py VNs are independent on region settings, so you can at least play Ren'Py VNs :3

Don't give up just yet! :D

I am using Windows 7.
Yup i tried but there wasn't a error code (As there usually is) so i wasn't able to describe the error. it just said that due to recent change in software or hardware, windows can't start (or something like that  Very Mad ) and i started windows in safe mode. i was doing the changes as administrator..
Ren'Py VNs?? it would be really nice of you if you could provide me a link.. please  Just as planned  .
Nope i haven't given up yet, i played my first game called Idol Crush. it was really basic and i guess path was 5-10 min (still new to this), and well i didn't really enjoy the whole still-image and reading dialogues, anime are way better  Crying
Thank you for your help.
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Post by reyscha on 08/01/14, 08:06 am

So I tried to google it but I didn't really find any direct solution, but I found a poster asking if you have installed language interface pack or language pack on your computer. Do you? I remember some of the old version windows doesn't support Japanese language and you have to install it separately. Windows can't start.. did you get a blue screen? Some posters said they got a blue screen. Bert sweating 



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You can find lots of VN genres, and there's all sorts of art style, game lengths (some of the game even have more than 10 hours playtime!), plots, and so on. Go on and explore it! I'd bet you can easily get a new favorite game~  Ehehe~(and most of the game is free too! Sometimes there's a commercial for VNs, you have to buy to play it, but the game doesn't disappoint!)
By the way, Idol Crush is a Ren'Py coded VN too! XD

You're welcome, I hope you get even more hooked on VN, hehe
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