Hey Blerdy Tribe it’s that wonderful time of year when Steam hits us where it hurts… our wallets! That’s right loves, the Steam Summer Sale is upon us once again and many of us (myself included) will be shifting through Steam’s extensive digital game library for deals! But, let’s be real Steam has a ton of games and while their tagging system is good, some folks mislabel their games juuust to trick folks into buying a game that they might not have otherwise thrown their money at… And with thousands of games to dig through, finding the right games for you can be quite the undertaking, so I went through and picked out some of my must buy otome and indie otome games that are currently a part of the sale!
So prepare your wallets, these are the games you definitely should pick up during the 2021 Steam Summer Sale before it ends on July 8th!
There’s a lot of buzz in the Otome Armada about Great Gretuski Games’s upcoming title, Peachleaf Valley, but not many folks are talking about their first game, Love Spell: Written in the Stars—and if you ask me it’s criminally underrated! Love Spell is a fun fantasy romance indie otome that follows Luna, a young woman who receives a magical book that makes the person whose name she writes down fall in love with her for one month. Everything about this game is perfection. The LIs are all great from the mature mafia boss, Marcello to the boy next door Enix, there is literally someone that’ll appeal to your tastes! The heroine Luna is one of my fave heroines, she’s smart, plucky, and frickin hilarious—in fact, the whole game had me in stitches.
I mean, it’s Nightshade that’s incentive enough. You’ve got hot ninjas, action, adventure, romance—its the total otome package. A historical otome set in the Sengoku Period, Nightshade follows Enju a shinobi in training as she takes on her first mission. What should have been a simple assignment leads Enju and her companions down a path that will test their loyalties and may very well claim their lives.
So, I know I play a lot of otome games, but my first love will always be mystery puzzle games and Zero Escape: The Nonary Games is all of that an more. Part mystery, part escape room visual novel, this is a compilation of the first two games in the Zero Escape trilogy: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and its sequel, Virtue’s Last Reward. I played both games back when they were on the DS and 3DS respectively and I am so happy it’s available on Steam! Follow an eclectic cast of characters as they attempt to survive a deadly game hosted by an enigmatic figure known only as Zero. Solve various puzzles and collect clues as you try to work your way through the game. Navigate complex interactions with other participants in the Nonary Game—but is it safe to put your trust in complete strangers?
I know, I’ve made it very clear how I feel about stats raising visual novels, but hear me out here—Backstage Passis a really good game! Follow Sian a sweet unassuming make-up artist as she navigates college, working in showbiz, and of course romance, all while trying to figure out what she wants out of life. One part stats raiser, one part indie otome, you get a lot of bang for your buck with this game and as someone who “doesn’t like stats raising games” Backstage Pass is pretty low maintenance (with a good guide). Also, the characters are fun and the story has a nice balance of lighthearted and emotional moments.
I will fully admit that I have not finished this game (I’m preparing my heart for the Brothel route). Ozmafia!! is the secret love child of Piofiore Fated Memories (yes, I am aware this game came first) and Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz… yeah, it sounds odd, but strangely enough it works(?). Follow Fuka, a sweet innocent heroine who finds herself in the clutches of a group of hot (and dangerous) mafioso, with just a dash of that sweet fairytale fantasy thrown in for added flavor. This game is wild, and with a 70+ hour runtime, trust you’ll have plenty of content to keep you busy.
So MAMIYA is a new addition to my gaming library, BUT, I am a sucker for dark thrillers and this game more than satisfies that craving (and then some). MAMIYA is a captivating, dark visual novel in which a group of young men struggle against existential dread before the end of the world. This game touches on some pretty heavy topics and themes, so please read the warnings carefully before buying. But, if you are comfortable with the subject matter, MAMIYA is a game that stays with both while you play and after you put it down.
Akash: Path of the Five is a game that boasts a lot of great features, from it’s gorgeous visuals and impressive voice cast, this is one of the most enchanting indie otome games I’ve come across in YEARS! As the first elemental girl the village has seen in over 200 years, all eyes are on your fast-approaching coming of age ceremony. All is not as it seems, however, as tensions between Akash and a nearby human settlement threaten to erupt into an all-out war. Amidst all of this you will need to foster relationships with other characters who could help you weather the upcoming conflicts.
Primula just released the final chapter in the Taisho x Alice series and if you’re like me you’re eager to see how this wild ride of an otome game ends! But, if you’ve been holding out on diving into the series, this is the time to do it, because right now, you can get the entire set of games on sale! In Taisho x Alice you take on the role of Yurika, a young amnesiac who is thrust into various fairytale inspired worlds where she must “save” gender flipped versions of our fave fairytale characters. Like I said, this game gets wild, with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster, but trust me it’s one hell of an experience!
Persona 4 Golden is just a fun JRPG and I’m not even a big fan of JRPGs. I first picked this up on the PS Vita and I was hooked, hell I didn’t even mind having to grind in dungeons—Persona 4 Golden had me with it’s immersive story, intriguing murder mystery, and compelling characters! You are the newest resident of Inaba, a small rural town where not much of anything really happens… that is until dead bodies start being discovered all over town. Soon, you and your friends find yourselves drawn in to the strange goings on around town.
Rose of Winter is a seriously underrated game, even among folks who play indie games so when I saw it in the Steam Summer Sale line-up I got super excited because it means more people will get to play this amazing game. Play as Rose, a knight in shining armor who has spent her life dedicating herself to her training, the life of a knight isn’t as glamorous as she imagined. But, things start to turn up when she is given the chance to escort one of four handsome princes through a mountain pass. The perilous journey will stir up new feelings for Rose and soon she will have to choose between her dedication to her mission or her heart.
As far as otome games go, Steam Prison is one of my faves, the world building is so good and the art is just gorgeous! In the game you play as Cyrus, a police officer from the Heights, who is framed for the murders of her parents and sent to an underground prison colony known as the Depths. But, when she arrives, Cyrus finds that the Depths is not the primitive wasteland she once believed it to be, she soon learns that all is not as it seems as the things she once held to be true start to fall apart. Lots of action and drama, even a dash of mystery too and of course, what’s an otome without romance? This is an otome game that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end!
I picked this game up during a previous Steam Sale and I was blown away by this game! In WILL -A Wonderful World- You take on the role of the god of Fate and help change the fate’s of seemingly random people on earth by rearranging sentences in letters you receive. Sometimes the changes are small like making sure someone takes a different route home, but as the story progresses your changes have a bigger effect not just on the person you’re tasked with helping but other people as well. not gonna lie there was something kind of addictive about messing around in people’s lives and it wasn’t long before I was invested in their different storylines and relationships… Though, I will say that some of the storylines get pretty dark, so please read the warnings carefully.
Take Advantage of these Deals!
Of course these are just my picks, there are so many great games in this year’s Steam Sale so definitely check out the sale and add even more titles to your gaming library! The Steam Summer Sale will run from June 24th to July 8th 2021, so there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of all these great discounts!
What games are you thinking of picking up in the sale? Let me know down in the comments!
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