In regards to, what are some dating OLEVS that are good for beginners?

Sometimes, I get questions on what OLEVS would be good for someone that is looking for something new to play or is searching for a new alternative to playing mobile otoges. Thus, I decided to make a list of OLEVS that might be good for any beginners to get into this subset of visual novels. Please note that there is dating sim element to all these games, but they are all a little different from each other — some have stat raising, others lave little choices, while some have more but they are all fun in some way. I will also be adding a little info about each creator of said game, so if a certain company pique a reader’s interest!

**All information on each game has been researched on Lemmasoft Forums or the Visual Novel Database.

Enjoy!

Aloners

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Creator: Sonnet009

Price: Free (download)

Genre: Drama, Post-Apocalyptic

Time: 2-10 hrs. (1 route)

 

The Dust Bowl: ground zero for the event that wiped civilization from the face of the earth. Plagued by toxic gas clouds and once-human monsters, only one man survives to call this wasteland his home. Trash takes his name from his lifeblood, scavenging and restoring what he can from the rubble in order to live another day. He lives alone in his self-made shack, surrounded by the machinery he loves and hidden from the world that wants him dead…

Until the day he finds you, a young woman somehow untouched by the harsh reality of the Dust Bowl.

I have to say that I really love Aloners, it is one of the games I always find myself recommending to people because of the complex story that it has and just how complicated of a character Trash can be at times, to the point that it is a lot hard not to be sort of enamored by him. However, the player also has a lot of freedom in how the main character interacts with Trash (in terms of romance), how their personality is shaped by their current environment, and even their personal background story. There is a lot to play around with, but there is still a lot the main character and Trash have to deal with in order to survive.

If you like the supernatural and even a little romance, Sonnet009 has a lovely short VN called Rei that deals with that. They are also currently working on a series of routes coming out underneath the name of Wilder, that deal with an ever-changing main character and her struggle in a new world she doesn’t know much about.

RE: Alistair++

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Creator: Sakevisual

Price: Free (download)

Genre: High School, Comedy

Time: 2-10 hrs. (3 routes)

Merui loves video games, especially her favorite MMORPG, Rivenwell Online. Merui also has a very short temper, so when some JERK named Alistair steals a rare item from her, she’s determined to exact revenge on him. Unfortunately, she has no idea who he is in real life. But hey, that’s never stopped anyone, right?

Take control of Merui and make new friends, balance schoolwork and fun, go shopping, search for the culprit, and maybe even discover a new romance. 

Re:Alistair++ is a easygoing high school story with a heroine –Merui– that just won’t give up. It is her endless determination that has her looking into looking how took her stuff, which ends up leading to possible romance in the long run. The story is easy to follow, while each route takes a different look at what happened to Merui and how her dilemma is going to get solved. As she tries to get closer to each guy, she can go on dates and the there is a small star raising element so Merui can truly win her man over!

If you are into mysteries, Sakevisual has a dedicated series to that, starting off with Jinsei. If you are into a bit more extreme stat raising and the possible glitz and glamour of falling in love in show business, consider checking Backstage Pass.

Locked Heart

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Creator: Dicesuki

Price: Free (download)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Time: 2-10 hrs. (3 routes)

Once upon a time, the d’Lockes, a prestigious family, became the receivers of a terrible curse. No one has heard of them since then. Seven years later, their mansion remains standing in the dark forest with no signs of life inside. Nobody even dares to go near it. Until one day, a girl named Aura stumbles across the house, and is greeted by a family of… talking plush toys?! Join Aura as she struggles to find out the truth behind the curse and break it.

Locked Heart is a really cure and straight forward OELVN that puts a twist on the old concept of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. The game can be funny one moment and serious the next with some mystery thrown in there, as Aura tries to figure out how to break the curse and the reasons why it happened in the first place. Aura is spunky and caring, but has to put up with a lot when it comes to each individual romance because each of the is quite the character!

If you like Locked Heart, consider checking out Dicesuki’s sophomore game, Cinderella Phenomenon, which follows a similar fantasy concept but with a completely different type of heroine.

Halloween Otome

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Price: Free (download)

Genre: Comedy, Puzzle, Mystery

Time: 2-10 hrs. (3 routes)

“You want a… demonstration of what my party will be like? Very well. I grant you one.” 

You are cordially invited to the Annual Valdemar Halloween Extravaganza. Two weeks of luxury await you.
Let’s see if you can keep up the masquerade…

Halloween Otome has a theme and it doesn’t run away from it, but in a cute and almost shoujo manga sort of way. Miss. Archer finds herself in a sort of play-land for the rich as she works hard so that her team wins, and though they all seem to have very different personalities it seems that love is all in the cards for her as well! Everyone has a distinct personality and having varying interactions with Miss Archer, which keeps things every interesting. However, if you like more complex puzzles, the game also does provide that but it is not mandatory to enjoy the game!

Synokoria is working hard on their next game called Valentines Otome, but they also have a rather hilarious high school based game called Tomato Soup for the Heart.

Nachtigal

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Creator: Cynaide Tea

Price: Name-Your-Price (download)

Genre: Modern, Supernatural

Time: 2 hrs. (2 routes)

Nachtigal tells the story of Miranda Namatgira, a bright college student who travels to Belgium for a holiday. One evening, she loses track of time while sight-seeing and becomes lost in the woods. Just as she’s about to consider camping outdoors for the night, Miranda happens upon a hauntingly beautiful castle. She decides to venture inside, but nothing could have prepared her for the bloody sight she beholds there…or for the two vampires who capture her.

Nachtigal is one of the games that I started playing from Cynaide Tea and I am happy to say that it puts a much needed spin on an old concept. The cast is diverse in how they act, their ways of thinking, and they way that they view humanity. The game might short, but it doesn’t sugarcoat vampires and what they are meant to be, as shown in some bad (and even good) endings while also giving their characters a decent background story and explanation for their actions.

The members of Cynaide Tea have been part of several other groups that have created many other VNs. However, together they have created some other very interesting stories, such as Ristorante Amore and Taarradhin.

Mystic Destinies: Serendipity of the Aeons

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Creator: Aeon Dream Studios

Price: $3.99 per route (download)

Genre: Modern, Supernatural, Drama

Time: 10-40 hrs. (5 routes)

During your first year of university, immense magical powers are forced onto you, thus revealing the supernatural world hidden within ours. But you must learn to control your powers with the help of a partner or risk destroying everything around you. Will your new fate be one of tragedy or serendipity?

If you are familiar with mobile otoges like Voltage Inc., MDSOA in a similar way lets you pick from the routes and choose the guy you are most interested in. However, there are rich background stories and overarching lore that connects all the stories to each other, especially when it comes to learning the truth about what happened to Tsubasa — the main character. Tsubasa comes bubbling into the magical world, but quickly develops her strength with some emotional character development, depending on the route choose. If you are looking for something still similar to mobiles otoges, but with a richer depth to them, consider trying this game out.

Aeon Dream Studios is working on a companion game called Mystic Destinies: Echoes, that has a completely new heroine but familiar faces from the original game.

Autumn’s Journey

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Creator: Apple Cider

Price: Free (download)

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Friendship

Time: 2-10 hrs. (2 routes)

The world of Ishtera is populated by two races: dragonkind, who have lived there for eons, and the heavenkind, who have recently appeared.

Auralee, an aspiring knight from the farming town of Berri, stumbles upon something unexpected during one of her patrols. After a rather inelegant introduction, Kerr states he’s really an Earth Dragon – one of the mystical beasts that inhabit their world, Ishtera. Whether he likes it or not, Auralee is now involved in his mission to regain his dragon form. Along with some help by a fellow dragonkind named Ilmari, their journey begins…

Autumn’s Journey is a sweet and quick read about a girl trying to become a knight that the sort of misadventures she has, while trying to help the two dragonkind that she meets along the way. They all have their own set of problems, but understanding others seems to be one of the biggest ones. All three of them grownup a lot and though they come face-to-face with what they have been trying to ignore, they come out much better because of it and with a stronger friendship, and possibly even love!

Like Cyanide Tea, the members of Apple Cider have worked on several other VNs but as a group they are currently working on bringing out Caramel Mokaccino!

Animal Complex – Cat’s Path

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Creator: Zeiva Inc.

Price: $7.99 (download)

Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Family, Comedy

Time: 2-10 hrs. (1 route)

Clena, your average everyday girl, finds herself in front of a circus filled with lovely animals. However, she quickly discovers that they are not ordinary animals – They are actually human boys who can transform into animals!

To ensure her silence, she has no choice but to work under them – cleaning, sweeping, and keeping things in order – or at least, that is how it appears on the surface. Their underlying goal, however, is for her to fall in love with one of the boys!

Animal Complex is a cute, short story about the differing personalities of Clena and Kid, but also helping him overcome his insecurities on his own terms. Clena has gone through a lot, but she always has a bright and friendly personality that easily allows her to create a space within the rather eccentric family who are never without butting into their story in their own way. There are some simple puzzles here and there, and the story is never without a dull moment. It is a good introduction to the series and hopefully we get to see more of what is going behind the scenes with future games.

Zeiva Inc. has worked on several games, their most recent being Dragon Essence -Color My World-, but but they also have a large series of different VNs. They are currently working on Silent-X (the 3rd game in their mystery otome series) and Animal Complex – Sheep’s Path.

How to Take Off Your Mask

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Price: $14.99 (download)

Genre: Friendship, Supernatural, Comedy

Time: 2-10 hrs. (1 route)

This is Leezera, the capital of Eroolia. 
Lilia is just an ordinary girl who works in a bakery.  She spends every day happily with her childhood friend, Ronan.  One day Lilia finds her body has shrunk. 
Moreover, she has grown cat ears and a tail?! 

She panics, jumps out through her room’s window, and runs towards the town. 
And the first person she bumps into is the city guard, Ronan. 

The mask of “Big Sis” and “Luccretia Girl” she wears. The mask of “Lil Bro” and “City Guard” he wears. 

Which one of them will be taken off first?

HTTOYM has a cute concept and a simple story to follow, but there is a lot of going in the background that the player can catch up on and the main characters go through a lot as they learn more about each other’s secrets and as their relationship changes. The story has a lot of different branching sides, which allows the player to see different sides of the story and how it affects the characters. Like Animal Complex, it is a good introduction to a potential series since there is still of lot of the story can be explored.

Roseverte has released several other VNs, though they are more on the mystery side with their most recent being Cafe 0 ~The Sleeping Beast~. They are currently working on How to Fool a Liar King, the sequel to HTTOYM.

Freak-Quency!

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Creator: sakon04

Price: Free (download)

Genre: Supernatural, Mystery, Drama

Time: 2-10 hrs. (5 routes)

Freak-Quency, known to most people as a popular Virtual Reality video game. Then why is it that many of their players are being killed. It doesn’t help with the fact that your brother is missing and he turns out to be an avid Freak-quency player. Where is he? Is he dead, alive, and why is all the freak-quency players dying!? 

You play this game as Sonnya Gray, a young 16 year old whose attitude can be sweet or bitter depending on your choices. This is an otome game with a simple persona portable based map system and stat raising . You can basically do whatever you want, get a guy, make friends, or not. However be advised…that the choices you make will ultimately determine your fate.

While, this is the only game on the list that I haven’t personally played, I have heard a lot of good things about it. There are a lot of puzzles and side quests to explore, if you are into that sort of thing. It has an interesting story and cast of characters that surround Sonnya in trying uncover what exactly is going on around her. There are also some unique endings if the right choices are made!

In the past, there was talk about another game named Amplitude  that was set in the same world as Freak-quency, has recently been released on Steam.

Thanks for sticking around and consider checking out these games! Do you have any personal favorites? What was your first visual novel and/or OELVN?

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