This jam is now over. It ran from 2023-04-30 22:00:00 to 2023-06-30 22:00:00. View 73 entries

Note: This is not a “Otome Isekai” themed game jam, we are an “Otome Game Jam”, please read further for more information.

What is an Otome?

Otome or Otome Games specifically refer to games created for a female audience, where the female-identifying player character pursues male-identifying love interests (via routes or events) and opts for a romantic ending with the chosen character. Often coming in the form of Visual Novels or VN-Hybrids such as RPGs and Simulations.

The key parts include:

  • Female Protagonist (protagonist can be chooseable, but a female option must be available)
  • Romance (You have to end up with one of the characters in some way)
  • Male Love Interest(s) (Female, nonbinary, and other ones optional but not necessarily included, the focus is still a male love interest)

For more details on submission guidelines, read further, please.

Want to make an otome-esque game without a female lead or male LIs? Check out our sister jam, Josei Jam.


A romance with middle-aged teacher as an actual adult teacher yourself? Try out last year’s submission Teachers. With Love and Passion. !

A romance with middle-aged teachers as an actual adult teacher yourself? Try out last year’s submission Teachers. With Love and Passion.!

Popular examples of Otome:

If you're looking for a team or team members, be sure to join the Otome Jam Meet and Greets on April 8th and April 22nd, 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 a female-identifying protagonist (chooseable protagonists are fine)
  • The game has to feature male-identifying love interests. It can feature love interests of other genders, but there must be an equal amount (if not more) of male love interests to other identities' ratio.
  • The game must have some focus on romance at some point in the story

What is allowed?

1. R18 projects are allowed. However, please tag and label your game properly for that as well as 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 to be an unlabelled NSFW submission, the submission will be removed. 

1.1. Whether your game is R18 or not, tag it appropriately with any necessary content and trigger warnings. Submissions that promote bigotry, racism, or other offensive topics that are handled poorly will also be removed. Please hire sensitivity readers in such cases.

2. Previously started on otome games are allowed to be worked on and submitted as entries. This jam offers an opportunity to allow upcoming games more exposure and encouragement to unfinished games to be noticed by more people, both new team members and players. Disregard Rule 3 in this case.

3. For projects that are for this jam and done during that time, you can choose to do:

  • 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 using volunteers working for free or rev-share on a commercial project. Pay your team if the product will be a paid game.

5. Submitting multiple projects is allowed as long as you are the creator or one of the leaders of a project and fit this jam’s criteria. 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. AI-generated content is not allowed.

7. Demos, Beta, and Episodic entries are allowed as long they are in a playable state. It’s advised to scope properly and avoid the crunch. 

8. You can submit and finish your entry in another jam as long the rules of the other one allow it. Similarly, you can submit games that fit these jam’s submission rules from other jams if they run alongside the time of this one or started before Otome Jam. We encourage you to submit your entry to Josei Jam as well!

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 Akua / Akua Kourin as the logo artist. Additionally, you should credit your team in the game or on the game’s page. This is not debatable unless you have negotiated it with your team members to not include them, and they accepted. If you use resources, do check if they require credits or not to prevent license issues from happening.

10. Yes, a one love interest project is allowed and counts as otome if it follows the requirements. If you have a project with a small scope and checks all the listed points, it’s allowed. This can include a game where you can choose the perspective of the two characters’ romance, as that counts towards a chooseable protagonist option.

11. Otome Jam has no subgenre theme, and any “themes” we chose are purely for aesthetics and graphical reasons. We take inspirations from shoujo and otome game media to keep things interesting. Please do not feel restricted to any genre or settings, we allow Otome Games of all kind!


Previous Otome Jams: 

2021

2022 (with advice threads by two of the hosts!)

Our sister jam, Josei Jam 2023

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 - Our sister server for games that include a male protagonist and male love interests 

Amare Dev Server - A Western term for inclusive relationships and individuals in games and visual novels

Forum

VN Dev Wiki - An ongoing wiki project that has a wide collection of resources, guides, and more specifically for visual novel development

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

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Character Outfit Design by Azuremia

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a fated love: will you follow the string until it turns red?
Visual Novel
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A mystery Otome game with yandere love interests!
Visual Novel
"Are we calling tonight?"
Visual Novel
Reborn to romance the villain of an otome game?!
Visual Novel
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Gothic horror otome with a yandere vampire LI
Visual Novel
Isobel finds herself torn between Heaven and Purgatory in this epic story about life, love and the great beyond.
Visual Novel
A short horror romance story with Yandere, talking to MC on TV.
Visual Novel
Take care of a sopping wet cat of a man
Visual Novel
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A light-hearted cyberpunk romance, featuring hot boys.
Visual Novel
Yandere ex boyfriend otome in storybook style with animated illustrations.
Visual Novel
I wanted food, not death flags!
Visual Novel
Holy shit, this is basically just college, huh?
Visual Novel
A romantic tale about a human raised among faeries.
Visual Novel
Solve murders while you romance suspects - and murderers. Visual novel with point and click investigation elements.
Visual Novel
What would you do as the new goddess of love?
Visual Novel
Become a glorified ducksitter, wrangle your dumb party and fall in love!
Visual Novel
A sweet visual novel about getting isekai'd into a candy-themed gacha game!
Visual Novel
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A short transmigration love story. The title was too big for title field.
Visual Novel
An assassination attempt gone wrong
Role Playing
NSFW Cyberpunk-esque Otome
Visual Novel
Finding love in dirty jokes.
Visual Novel
A dating sim where you play the role of Lady Robin Esaer as you navigate the courts of a foreign country.
Visual Novel
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Fall in love before the snow falls.
Visual Novel
Right Place. Wrong Time.
Visual Novel
Applied to a dating program where you only have to use a laptop for 14 days?
Visual Novel
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Another enemies to lovers story with banter and NFSW.
Visual Novel
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Dark comedic dating sim about an average guy and a delusional MC.
Visual Novel
A poison-dealing romance
Visual Novel
An Otome Dating Sim where you navigate your new, sudden entanglement with the mafia. Will you find answers...and love?
Visual Novel
Write your way to the game development industry with your talented, yet rowdy co-founders!
Visual Novel
trapped in a world where spirits lie in unrest...
Visual Novel
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A perfectly normal reincarnation/isekai story with seven pretty guys!
Visual Novel
Right to counsel involves counseling from both parties, right?
Visual Novel
yandere(???), otome, a short story
Visual Novel
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Hire your dead sister's knight and buy a pet to deal with prenuptial jitters.
Visual Novel
When three reapers want to reincarnate you in their worlds, whom will you choose?
Visual Novel
A bubbly streamer from the future visits the Last Paradise on Earth ✨
Visual Novel
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Save the Empire and break the cycle of doomed love!
Visual Novel
A modern-retro otome game set on a mysterious train!
Visual Novel
A tale of survival, grief, and finding hope once more
Visual Novel
Reconnect with your childhood friend... and fall in love?
Visual Novel
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A lite dating sim about a witch coming home.
Visual Novel
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Escape the clutches of a love potion!
Visual Novel
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Can you roll your way into a DnD nerd's heart?
Visual Novel
Ready for the Woodland Forest Dating Show? Date Nuts & Charming Animals! It's totally nuts!
Visual Novel
Amidst the winter's chill, a girl's bond with a snow spirit and a hunter's pursuit unfolds.
Visual Novel
Romance the Villains: Join the dark side or change their fate?
Role Playing
If you make the wrong choice, you fall into "Happy Ending"!? Japanese high school Short Otome Novel.
Visual Novel
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Navigate the glitz and glamor of the 1920s in this stylish visual novel!
Visual Novel
Have you ever wanted to date hot plant people? No? Just us?
Visual Novel
Explore an abandoned building, meet ghosts, and possibly find love!
Visual Novel
Play in browser
A psychological thriller otome that blurs the lines between love, lust, and obsession. (18+)
Visual Novel
Fall in love with cryptids campaigning to be mayor of a one horse town!
Visual Novel
A game about winning a vampire's heart before they eat yours.
Visual Novel
Even a hellish school life is better with hot guys...
Visual Novel
A romantic comedy otome starring a magical girl living her double life as a college theater major!
Visual Novel
An industry veteran still makes new discoveries!
Visual Novel
You steal a fish, it grants your wish
Visual Novel
Reclaim your lost memories in this GxB romance/fantasy visual novel
Visual Novel
Love blooms and dies in the spring.
Visual Novel
anti-otome
Visual Novel
A Fantasy Visual Novel
Visual Novel
Fate is neither good or bad. It just is. Until it is gone.
Visual Novel
A game where you meet 5 mysterious strangers at a bookstore
Visual Novel
A girl of low social class goes undercover to infiltrate a prestigious high school, tasked with a perilous mission.
Visual Novel
A Cute Dating Game
Visual Novel
A Visual Novel about finding peace and love despite your failing dream
Interactive Fiction