Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs it’s time once again for another Games Like post—the blog series where you guys vote on the otome game and I go out and find five games that are similar to them. Last time I wrote a list of 5 Games Like Code Realize and this time around I ran a poll over on Twitter and 23 of you guys voted for Taisho x Alice!
I need help picking a game for a blog post this week~— Blerdy Otome | 🎮 Piofiore Fated Memories (@BeckNaja) May 4, 2020
Taisho x Alice is a game that has been localized in English not once, but twice. The first time was the infamously bad localization done by E2 Gaming, that not only had a laughably subpar translation, but absolutely terrible English voice acting. Thankfully, Primula decided to take matters into their own hands, with their parent company pencil handling the localization this time around. The OtomeArmada’s own Verdelish worked on the translation for Episode 1 and she definitely brings her own unique flair to the English version.
For those of you unfamiliar with the game, Taisho x Alice is a re-imagining of popular fairytales, but with a twist—each of the love interests are gender swapped versions of famous characters like Cinderella and Snow White! The game was originally released in Japan in 2015 for PC and was split into four episodes, each with two LIs. The first episode features Cinderella and Red Riding Hood’s stories; the second—Kaguya and Gretel; the third episode— Snow White and the Wizard; and the fourth and final episode focuses on Alice.
So far, only the first episode has been released, but there are plans to release the subsequent episodes in the near future. So while we’re waiting for the rest of the Taisho x Alice games to be released here in the West, here are five game titles that are sure to help fill the void! As always, I tried to go with games that have a similar vibe to TaiAli so don’t expect games that are play by play clones. Now, with that out of the way, let’s check out five games like Taisho x Alice!
I cannot praise this game enough! Cinderella Phenomenon is a free to play fairytale inspired English otome game developed by Dicesuki Games. The game features 5 love interests loosely based on characters from fairytales and it has 10 unique endings to unlock.
It’s been four years since the Great War ravaged the kingdom of Angielle and claimed the life of their Queen, and while life has more or less returned to normal for everyone else, Crown Princess Lucette is still struggling to come to terms with her new life and step-family. But, unlike Cinderella who took everything in stride, Lucette is cold-hearted and bitter. But, when a witch’s curse throws her life into disarray, she will need to dig deep and uncover the secrets of the kingdom if she has any chance of reclaiming her life.
Rose in the Embers is a pay per route historical fantasy romance otome game released by Voltage Inc on their Love 365 story app. It was one of the first new titles released on the app back in 2017 and currently has five available love interest.
Loosely based on the Cinderella fairy tale, Rose in the Embers follows a young woman from a poor village who moves to the capital in search of work to help support her family. While there she is hired to work at an inn that serves the city’s elite, but when one of your clients gets a bit handsy, she is desperate to find a way out of her situation. In steps the son of an Earl who offers to buy your freedom, hiring you on as a maid… and so begins your clandestine romance set against the backdrop of the Taisho Era.
OZMAFIA!! is a Japanese otome game with characters loosely based on Frank L. Baum’s children’s book series, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and also featuring characters from fairy tales. The game has a total of 10 love interests and 28 different outcomes, however in order to unlock the true ending you must complete the other routes.
A young woman awakes in an unfamiliar land with no memories, and the first person she meets wants to kill her! Desperate to escape, she begins running through the unknown streets only to run headfirst into another stranger! Fortunately for her, he is the don of the mafia famiglia Oz and he offers her protection from her would-be-murderer. Now, a ward of Famiglia OZ, she finds herself thrown headfirst into the dangerous world of the mafia…and maybe find love along the way.
Cinders is a visual novel developed by MoaCube and offers a more mature take on the well known Cinderella fairytale. The game has 120 decision points, and over 300 choices and features four ending categories—Fairytale Ending, Traveler Ending, Independent Woman Ending, and Grim Fate Ending—each with their own unique variations based on your actions and choices throughout the game and how you develop Cinders’s personality.
Cinders is a twist on the Cinderella story—Cinders is a smart, fiery young woman living with her overbearing step-mother and her two step-sisters, but unlike her fairytale counterpart Cinders isn’t afraid to take her fate into her own hands. But, every choice she makes has lasting consequences that will change the lives of not just herself, but her step family and sometimes your Happily Ever After isn’t at all like the fairytales…
Where to Play: English Patch
So, I feel like I should explain why I included an unofficial English patch on this list—Quin Rose, the company that developed the Alice series, ceased operations in 2015 and as of this writing suspended distribution of all of their games. Prior to this Hāto no Kuni no Arisu ~Wandafuru Wandā Wārudo~ was given an official English release for Android and iOS, however the translation was poor and subsequently pulled from the app stores following Quin Rose shutting down operation. If you like me bought that tragic localization cheers, we are kindred spirits in our suffering. Since, there is no way to feasibly get any of the games in English, I have no qualms about supporting this fan translation of the remake, Anniversary no Kuni no Alice: Wonderful Wonder World—and that is why a fan patch is on this list!
The Alice series is loosely based on Lewis Caroll’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland featuring characters from the famous literary work. Unlike the protagonist of the novel, Alice is a pragmatic young woman who is carried off to Wonderland by Peter White (the White Rabbit). He immediately starts confessing his love for her and forces her to drink some medicine that prevents her from returning home. Now stuck in Wonderland, she must interact with the strange residents of this world in order to obtain the antidote that will allow her to return home. Unfortunately, Wonderland is in the middle of civil war and the residents of this strange world are not overly friendly towards strangers…
While we wait for the English release of Taisho x Alice Episode 2 check out one of the above titles! Each game offers and immersive fantasy adventure full of vibrant characters, so go forth and play!
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.
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