In an effort to give you guys more of an active role on the content on this blog, I’ll run polls for certain posts. A few weeks ago I gave you guys the chance to vote on the game for this week’s post. You guys got to choose from four games (Steam Prison, Bad Apple Wars, 7’scarlet, and OZMAFIA) and 33% of you guys picked Steam Prison.
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In the last post I wrote a list of 5 Otome Games Like London Detective Mysteria and this week I’m bringing you guys a list of 5 otome games like Steam Prison. For those of you unfamiliar with the game, Steam Prison is a steampunk otome game developed by HuneX. This is the second English language otome localization from video game publisher, MangaGamer. Steam Prison follows Cyrus Tistella, a young woman from a well to do family, who is accused of murdering her parents. As a result she finds herself stripped of her titles and taken from her comfortable life in the affluent Heights and sent to the underground prison known only as the Depths, where the worst criminals are sent to atone for their crimes. With life as she knows it changed for ever, Cyrus must learn to navigate this new hostile environment, where every day is a struggle for survival. While Steam Prison is an otome, it does deal with some complex themes that add a bit of realism to the game’s fantasy setting. Delve into the complex relationship between those living in the Depths and those living in the Heights, as you interact with various characters and explore unique locales.
So, if you’re like me and you’re looking for games similar to Steam Prison, here are five game titles that are sure to hit the spot! I tried to go with games that have the same feel as Steam Prison and not so much a play by play clone of the game. So, they’re not exactly the same, but, they definitely capture the spirit of Steam Prison.
Princess Arthur – NTT Solmare
Starting off the list is Princess Arthur, a fantasy otome game loosely based on Arthurian mythology. The game was originally released in Japan in 2013 for PSP, but was released in English in 2016 by NTT Solmare for mobile without the original voice acting. Princess Arthur follows a young peasant girl, Alu who is chosen to be the new king of Britain when she manages to withdraw the Holy Sword. The love interests are based on characters from Arthurian myth, choose from either, Lancelot, Gawain, Tristan, Galahad, Mordred, and Merlin. Each of the main stories are available for $4.99 each.
While Alu isn’t exactly a battle maiden like Cyrus was in Steam Prison, she does grow a lot over the course of the series. Alu is about as ill equipped to be king as you can get, but watching her slowly come into her own is still worth experiencing firsthand. Also, like Steam Prison, the romance takes a bit of a backseat in favor of the game’s world building which I loved, since the game is a twist on Arthurian myth.
The Confines of the Crown – Hanako Games
The Confines of the Crown is an English language otome game that was originally released in 2013 under the name The Royal Trap. The game follows Madeleine Valos, a prince’s companion, sworn to protect and advise him until such time that he finds a wife. Unfortunately, things don’t quite go as planned, when the prince finds himself the number one suspect in a gruesome crime and even worse, he’s fallen in love with Madeleine.
This was one of my first English otome games and I have so many fond memories of it. Political intrigue, romance, action… Confines of the Crown has it all in spades! Madeleine is more of a battle maiden like Cyrus, and while she isn’t nearly as naive as Steam Prison‘s leading lady, her loyalty to her charge and her sense of justice are frustratingly similar… Confines of the Crown even has a character that is wrongly accused of a crime and there is even a bit of forbidden romance.
Cinderella Phenomenon – Dicesuki
Cinderella Phenomenon is a free fairy tale inspired English language romance visual novel developed by indie development team, Dicesuki that was originally released in 2017. The game puts a spin on well known fairy tales, with many of the love interests having been loosely based on characters from fantasy tales like, Rumpelstiltskin, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, and more. Cinderella Phenomenon follows Lucette, a bitter and cold-hearted princess who is cursed with the Fairytale Curse by a witch as a form of punishment for her previous misdeeds. The curse is a twist on the Cinderella fairytale, causing everyone to forget that she is a princess, forcing her to live out her days as a peasant. In order to break the curse, Lucette must perform 3 good deeds. Along the way she encounters others afflicted by the Fairytale Curse including her step brother Rod, a puppeteer named Waltz, an amnesiac named Rumpel, a crossdressing flirt named Karma, and her loyal knight Fritz.
Lucette is about as far removed from Cyrus as you can get, but, I will admit that they do share an ignorance of things that are pretty common knowledge to the rest of the world and Lucette has to learn how to love each of the love interests. But, where Cinderella Phenomenon really resembles Steam Prison is the conflict between the Fairies and the Witches that serves as an overarching storyline of the game. The premise is very similar to the conflict between the Heights and the Depths in Steam Prison, especially when it comes to people’s sentiments towards each race.
Area X – Zeiva Inc.
Area X is a sci-fi fantasy romance visual novel released in 2013 by indie game developer Zevia Inc. In the far off future, humanity has been forced to live in underground cities and despite great leaps in technology, day to day life is still a struggle. In order to help solve their problems, an organization is sending people dubbed Time Negotiators back in time to help change the future. On her very first mission as a Time Negotiator, Elcia accidentally stumbles upon an alternate dimension known as Area-X, its discovery causes a series of strange events to occur that could change humanities fate forever…
Technologically advanced underground civilization: Check. Focus on an overarching mystery: Double Check. Area-X has a very similar narrative vibe to Steam Prison, since there is much more of a focus on world building rather than romance like you see in most otome games. This is a very plot driven game that will require multiple playthroughs to fully enjoy.
How to Fool a Liar King – Roseverte
How to Fool a Liar King is a fantasy romance visual novel from indie developer Roseverte, and the second game in the Story of Eroolia series following 2015’s How to Take Off your Mask. The series follows the various interactions between humans and luccretia (a race of cat people) living on the isolated island nation of Eroolia. In How to Fool a Liar King, a young woman named Regina is mysteriously transported to Eroolia where she encounters Juli and his envoy on a peace mission to the luccretia homeland of Laarz. But, Juli isn’t exactly the most honest companion and Regina finds it hard to trust his intentions…
So first, the love interest Juli is very, very similar to Eltcreed from Steam Prison, which is cool because I think we need more flirty megane characters in otome. With that aside, How to Fool a Liar King (and the rest of the Story of Eroolia series) focuses on the relationship between humans and the luccretia, which has historically been pretty hostile. But, negative sentiments reach a head in How to Fool a Liar King when Juli and his envoy make the trek to Laarz to curry favor with the luccretia. I don’t want to give anything away, but there is a phenomenal amount of world building across all three games in the Story of Eroolia series, but I think HTFALK really digs down into to the politics of it all.
Five Games Bound to Fill the Void
Steam Prison is an intense ride from start to finish and my only hope is that these 5 games capture just a bit of its magic. So, if you’ve finished Steam Prison and are looking for something to satisfy you until you dive into your next otome romance, these five games are bound to hit the spot. Whether it’s a game with a strong heroine or whether it’s a story with complex themes, you’re bound to enjoy any of the titles on this list.
Here’s where I turn things over to you guys! Have you played Steam Prison? Which character is your favorite? Are there any other otome games similar to Steam Prison that I missed?
Thanks to everyone that participated in the Twitter poll! I’ll do another one for the next post. I want to make this a regular thing, so if you have any suggestions let me know what they are down in the comments section. As always, thank you for reading!!
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