This jam is now over. It ran from 2022-04-30 22:00:00 to 2022-06-30 22:00:00. View 56 entries


What is an Otome?

Otome or Otome Games specifically refer to games created for a female audience where the female player character pursues male love interests (via routes or events) and opts for a romantic happy ending (or not so happy bittersweet ending) with the chosen character. Often coming in the form of Visual Novels or VN-Hybrids such as RPGs and Simulations.

Every Otome is a JoseimukeBut not every Joseimuke Game is an Otome. Joseimuke is what we categorise a game directed towards a female audience but missing the key parts of an otome:

  • Female Protagonist (Optional Chooseable, but available)
  • Romance (You have to end up with one of the characters)
  • Male Love Interest(s) (Female, nonbinary, and other ones optional but not necessarily included)

If the game has a female protagonist and male characters, but no actual romance or romance as part of the storyline but directed towards a female audience, it's a Joseimuke. 

If the game has romance and a female protagonist, but no male love interests, that's not an otome game.

If the game has romance and male love interests, but no female protagonist as an option, but is still directed toward a female audience, that's not an otome game.

Often other Joseimuke can be distinguished that the dates or romantic bits are locked behind cards or gacha and have no influence on the main story or the characters and thus canonical never happened.

Alternatively, a growing term for inclusive romances and relationships that fits the Western culture more is the term Amare.

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Popular examples:

If you're looking for a team or team members, be sure to join the Otome Jam Meet and Greets on April 9th and/or 23rd, 2PM Eastern Time (GMT-5) on the Devtalk Discord Server, a community we collaborated with last year and welcomes indie visual novel developers and people wanting to work on visual novels!

Rules

To have your project allowed for submission it must adhere to these rules

  • The game has to feature at least one female protagonist or by choice
  • The game has to feature male love interests or more, or at least equal, to female and/or nonbinary love interests.
  • Characters who are trans/genderqueer/etc qualify if they fit the role of female protagonist or male love interest in terms of identity.
  • The game must focus on romance and establishing a relationship with a love interestJoseimuke products (see Obey Me or Mr. Love: Queen’s Choice) with only fan service and romantic events that lead to no endings, are forbidden from entry.

What is allowed?

1. R18 projects are allowed. However, please tag and label your game properly for that as well any content not appropriate for minors and list any triggering and sensitive content on both the game page and in the game. This applies to both SFW and NSFW submissions. If found out to be an unlabelled NSFW submission, the submission will be removed.

2. If you have an already open project that applies to the rules of this jam, you’re allowed to finish it during this time period and submit it as an entry. 

3. For projects that are for this jam, work that you’re allowed to do before it starts are:

  • Story and character outlines
  • Concept art
  • Gather resources
  • Join or find a team
  • Any other tasks that don’t involve producing finished assets

4. Although jam games are most of the time free to play, it’s not discouraged to make it pay what you want or commercial later on as long as it's stated beforehand, and you provide a demo. We discourage however the abuse of volunteers for a commercial product in which only you, as the leader, gain. Pay your team.

5. Submitting multiple projects is allowed and far from forbidden as long you are the creator or one of the leaders of a project. The more, the merrier after all!

6. Use of Free to use, Public Domain and Creative Commons Licence resources are allowed and encouraged if you can’t fill in a position in your team, such as artists or composers. You can always update the game later on with updated materials and a new team.

7. Demos, Beta and Episodic entries are allowed as long they are in a playable state. It’s advised to scope properly and avoid crunch. Keep quality over quantity in mind, don’t try to be the next Otomate.

8. You can submit and finish your entry in another jam as long the rules of the other one allow it.

9. Feel free to use the logo in your game to brand it as a product for the Otome Jam (Right Click + Save As). But please credit the logo artist for that. We'll personally check every entry to confirm you credited appropriately. Please don't use it in commercial projects, however, as this would cause legal license issues.

10. Yes, a one male love interest project is allowed and counts as otome if it follows the requirements.

Developer Communities

Discord Servers

Otome Development - The Host Server

DevTalk - A General VN Development Server and our collaborator for Meet and Greets.

Boys Love Development - In case you have the choose your gender option planned (don't forget the goal of this Jam though!)

Amare Dev Server - The western term for inclusive relationships and individuals in games and visual novels!

Forum

Lemmasoft Forums - A Forum filled indie VN developers and enthusiasts. Big source of coding and assets.

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No one goes under the mountain without a reason.
Visual Novel
A fully voiced bickering-and-bantering rivals-to-lovers visual novel <3
Visual Novel
A game about love, friendship, and making the best of a weird temp job in the spirit world!
Visual Novel
It's time to start a new life, make friends, live a sweet school romance, and face dark secrets.
Visual Novel
Everyone called it a pipe dream - and they were right. A little rainy otome game.
Visual Novel
just moved into a new city and now you've been selected for a dating show?!?
Visual Novel
What would you do if you were stuck in a time loop?
Visual Novel
Impolite Society is a historical Otome / Visual Novel set in Regency London.
Visual Novel
A mysterious email leads you to...a server full of mythical creatures??
Visual Novel
He’s a 10 but is insane
Visual Novel
Astrid wakes up in Purgatory and has to make peace with her death. Only problem is... she doesn't remember anything!
Visual Novel
An invention created to bring happiness becomes the world’s greatest weapon of destruction.
Visual Novel
Fall in love before the snow falls.
Visual Novel
An everyday dramedy otome game that begs the question: When one game goes down for maintenance, can another game begin?
Visual Novel
adopt and date cute boys!
Visual Novel
A fantasy romance visual novel. Safe travels.
Visual Novel
A trio of friends navigates the aftermath of a love prophecy
Visual Novel
Pursue a grand alchemic mystery beside 4 male love interests and protect humans and elementals alike!
Visual Novel
Play in browser
Shenanigans of a high school drama club.
Visual Novel
An old web otome game where you'll gain fondness for a new show and dive into a new fandom.
Visual Novel
The romance between a daemon and a fae.
Visual Novel
An isekai otome where you start a revolution against a capricious queen.
Visual Novel
Can you survive highschool? (Literally)
Visual Novel
"Only true love can thaw a heart. To fight the ice, you need to burn."
Visual Novel
Divorcee Dating Sim
Visual Novel
Romance during the zombie apocalypse... Is that even possible?
Visual Novel
You’re turning into a giant crow, but you gotta do a sales presentation at your office on Wednesday, wyd
Visual Novel
Play in browser
Shattered dreams lead a burnt out Yukino back to Bloomfalls. In returning, she finds a different kind of adventure.
Visual Novel
"Love? You had me at pockets!" — A lighthearted visual novel about fashion, love, and pockets!
Visual Novel
A romance-comedy visual novel about fruit people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse.
Visual Novel
Find fun, adventure, and love in a robust circus life.
Visual Novel
Grab your guitar and rock along to this hilarious boy band dating sim!
Visual Novel
A Victorian era otome. Romance and invention both blossom, giving birth to a new age of steam.
Visual Novel
Follow a 60-year-old lady playing domino and rediscovering love, friendship and happiness.
Visual Novel
A blind date with a no-good guy? And it's repeating?!
Visual Novel
Welcome to the halls of the Fae King's Spring Palace, Princess. A world of enchantment and murder​​ awaits.
Visual Novel
A new MMORPG just arrived, Trinity Online! Meet charismatic characters, be whoever you want to be!
Visual Novel
Thief and Enforcer must work together in this robo-otome RPG!
Role Playing
All she wanted was to get some sleep...
Visual Novel
A short visual novel about overcoming loss and letting go after a break-up...
Visual Novel
In the future, we will all fall in love with Cyber Criminals.
Visual Novel
Princess Cheesecake is ready to be queen of Sweetland. But she'll need a topping to rule beside her.
Visual Novel
A Fantasy Visual Novel
Visual Novel
It's just a date... Right?
Visual Novel
Singing Heart, A visual novel about an idol pop singer, a promise from the past, and an incomplete song.
Visual Novel
A horror otome visual novel
Visual Novel
A bizarre romance story
Visual Novel
An otome about a girl on a mission for revenge against human traffickers with some hotties
Visual Novel
Dog Café Otome Game
Visual Novel
Even assassins have a heart
Visual Novel
My Mother Remarried Into a Family of Vampires
Visual Novel