5 Games Like Nightshade

Hey Hey Blerdy Tribe! I’m bringing you another Games Like list—the blog series where you guys vote on an otome game and I go out and find five games that are similar to the title you guys picked. Last time I wrote a list of 5 Games Like 7’scarlet, so definitely check that post out if you’re looking for some great mystery romance games to get into! For today’s post, I ran a poll over on Twitter and 157 of you lovely readers voted for the historical fantasy otome game, Nightshade (Hyakka Hyakurou)!

About Nightshade

For those of you unfamiliar with the game—Nightshade is a historical fantasy otome game developed through a collaboration between D3 Publisher and Red Entertainment. It was originally released in Japan for the PS Vita in 2016, but later released internationally for PC. In 2018, the game was ported to the Nintendo Switch console.

The Story

During the Sengoku Period the two main factions of ninja clans, Iga and Kōga, warred against each other for decades. In the year 1593, Nobunaga Oda started the Tenshō Iga war, decimating most of the Iga ninjas in the process. The very few that survived were absorbed into the Kōga clan, despite their past rivalries. After 17 years the Sengoku Period finally came to an end, and Japan was unified.

Enju (Protagonist), daughter of Kandō Ueno, the Head of the Kōga clan, spends her days training diligently in hope of becoming a full-fledged ninja like her peers. At long last she is assigned to her first mission, but finds herself caught in a dark conspiracy――.

Nightshade Official Site (English)

5 Games Like Nightshade

Hakuoki Kyoto Winds

Hakuoki Kyoto Winds – Idea Factory

In this historical fantasy visual novel, you play as the young Chizuru, determined to find her father amidst the drama of Kyoto in the Bakumatsu period. Romance the famous samurai of the Shinsengumi as you uncover their dark secrets and come face to face with the mysteries of your past. 


Similarities to Nightshade:

  • Historical fantasy setting featuring characters based on Japanese historical figures
  • Heroine gets in on the action fighting alongside the love interests
  • Experience an engaging romance in the midst of a sweeping action epic

My Vow to My Liege

My Vow To My Liege – Yetu Games

The Kingdom of Ng defeated their old enemy, the Kingdom of Yue. In the course of the war, the King of Ng, HéLǘ, sustained fatal injuries as he passed the throne to the new king “FuChai”, a girl. To fulfil the secret and long-standing wish of their ancestors of breaking their sacred vow with the Dragon God, she is forced to live a lie. Faced with countless bloody battles to seal the Dragon God, there suddenly appears a reprieve… Amid the chaos, who will loyally sacrifice their life and who will plot a scheme of betrayal——Will they choose the man over the country? Love over hate? Who will they finally end up with?


Similarities to Nightshade:

  • Historical fantasy setting featuring characters based on Chinese historical figures
  • Strong, engaged heroine
  • Experience an engaging romance in the midst of a sweeping action epic


Akash: Path of the Five – Truant Pixels

Players will become Aurora, a member of a magical race of elementals. As the first elemental girl the village has seen in over 200 years, all eyes are on her 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. Cultivate a romance with one of her five classmates, navigate the coming conflict, and plan the greatest coming of age ceremony Akash has seen in over two centuries.


Similarities to Nightshade:

  • Immersive worldbuilding and dynamic characters
  • Heroine at odds with societal expectations and traditions
  • Political power struggles between different in universe clans

Ikemen Sengoku

Ikemen Sengoku – Cybird

After accidentally changing history and earning the favor of warlord Nobunaga Oda by saving him from near death, you must survive 3 months surrounded by Japan’s most famous and handsome Sengoku warlords before your next chance to make it back home.

In a world where it takes one man to conquer a nation, do you have what it takes to conquer his heart?


Similarities to Nightshade:

  • Historical fantasy setting featuring characters based on Japanese historical figures
  • Experience romance in the midst of key moments from Japanese history

Guardians of the Future

Guardian of the Future – Lotos Project

In this fantasy visual novel, you will play as Miyuri, the heiress of the great Bakuto clan  of adherents to ancient martial arts.

She has inherited a very important ability from her deceased mother: a mysterious power that can help save the world.

The protagonist spends her days training diligently in the hope of increasing extraordinary strength and becoming a full-fledged head of the clan.

She has no idea that soon, her life will change.

One fine morning, she receives the news of her imminent marriage to the heir of the enemy Tekiya clan.

Lady Miyamoto, the Head of the Bakuto clan, intends to end the cold war between the clans with the help of her granddaughter. This diplomatic marriage will help to withstand the evil that will bring upon the end of the world.

Will you find time for love? Will you become strong? Will you change everything? Will you save the world?

Similarities to Nightshade:

  • Strong and engaging heroine
  • Experience an engaging romance while attempting to save the world
  • Immersive worldbuilding and dynamic characters

Kick ass and find love with these game picks!

Whether you’re still craving more Nightshade or looking for games that balance romance with a bit of action–you can’t go wrong with these fun game picks! Thank you to everyone that participated in the poll over on Twitter! For those of you that missed out, be sure to follow me @BlerdyOtome to keep up to date on the latest polls and sneak peeks at games I’m playing before the review goes live. 

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