Special: Where are they now? ~A look at the status of defunct otome game companies~
Alright so we know Quin Rose and Otomate are pumping out stuff monthly but that’s not what this post is about. I’ve reviewed a lot of games on this blog from all sorts of companies…but now that I think about it….what ever happened to company XYZ? I played their game ABC but haven’t heard of them since. Some of these companies were 1 hit wonders who vanished after their terrible first and only release. And so this post is dedicated to those companies who have gone MIA or simply vanished from existence.
With such classics as Jingi Naki Otome and Tsundere S Otome, their last release was Rapist of the Opera in 2012. They released a renewal package for Sumire no Rape (yes I will never stop putting that word into their titles because that’s all their games are about) and Tsundere S Otome to be compatible with Windows 7 and 8 in April 2013. Since then there has been no other activity from the brand.
With their 1 hit wonder of Sakuragatari they’ve been quiet since 2013. Didn’t help that the original release was really buggy and the UI was crap. The game itself wasn’t too bad, what a shame honestly. It seems like if they brush up their UI and programming and just make all ages stuff they might be more successful.
With their one hit wonder Riddle Garden, they decided there wasn’t enough rape and so they left that name and rebranded as:
With their 1 hit wonder of Akazukin to Rape no Mori, they kinda vanished into the same black hole all the other R-18 companies seem to go to :lol: They released a drama CD and a patch for Windows 8 in 2012 and have been quiet ever since. It seems like basically the entire staff is now working at Kalmia8 though with a new game coming out this week. This is now the 3rd time they are renaming themselves…not sure why they keep doing it either :lol:
With their flagship hit Kuro to Kin no Akanai Kagi which they have ported a non-R-18 version to iOS & Android, they went on to release their 2nd game about Alice in Wonderland. I decided to avoid it like the plague and good thing I did since apparently it was more rape and NTR. Seems like they still update the site with some illustrations and goods but no news of any upcoming games.
Ah Sugar Beans, you will always have that special place in my heart for being the first otome game company whose otome game I played. I guess ever since Hiyo left them (to a company who renames themselves for every game they release), they haven’t been the same. After taking nearly 2 years to release Vampire Shitty, which ended up being shitty, they’ve had no activity since 2012.
Alright I enjoyed Pet Detective Y’s, and Kare to Kare (And the otaku guy in STEP lol) but Dare Ura …left much to be desired. The fandisk was even more dull and frankly it basically faded from my memory. They seem like they still draw some calendars and wallpapers every once in a while but no news of any new games.
With their one hit wonder Pretty Witch Academy (which was a massive copy pasta fest) they basically faded away out of everyone’s heads. Their site no longer even loads for me so I’m guessing they’re gone for good.
With the disaster that was Tsubasa no Oka no Hime and lots of unfinished and undeveloped routes and characters….they basically followed the same path as the other makers. Last update was in 2013 with a patch for Windows 8. Definitely a game I remember that had gorgeous art that was paired with someone who couldn’t even write a self insert fanfic.
Ribbon Magic was actually eaten by Tiara Mode a while back and their only release was that terrible childhood friend gang rape game bleh. Tiaramode, famous for all those Brothers, Butlers, Princes whatevers that you visit in a house and then by downloading a patch you could have extra rape endings. Their last update was in 2012 for patches to their old games and their last release was Crazy Rapists, in which the entire story was in all the horrible drug/gang rape bad endings and if you skipped them (like I did) it felt like nothing actually happened.
If you were looking for a game with QUARITEE before Quin Rose, this is it. Sprites drawn by pro, CGs drawn by some guy off the street with misleading cover art! Also they’re infamous for that otome game that’s really just a yaoi game. In fact they just gave up hiding it and released an R-18 yaoi patch addon! There hasn’t been any activity since 2009.
The company who ported all those R-18 Sugar Beans games to PS2….is no longer in existance. The site was offline even when I played the Love Drops port. The extra Cgs were pretty terrible as well as the “additional contents” they added to replace the pr0n so I’m frankly not the least bit surprised.
With their only otome game release being Hakarena Heart, they ported it to PS2 and we never heard from them again. Seems like their parent brand Russel mostly released ports/translations of Amerishit war games and Tomb Raider.
This company has a BL and an Otome side, but their only otome release was Happy Cure which will happily cure your brain cells away as you rage at RNG fortune telling. No shocker that there’s been no activity from them in years.
With their one hit wonder Hitofuta Kitan which got horrid reviews, the game now sells dirt cheap on Amazon. There’s been no activity since April 2012.
With a successful release of Bloody Call, unfortunately Kago no Naka no Alicis wasn’t such a hot commodity. After a terrible port of BC (lol dem sprites) the company’s been pretty quiet with no updates since 2012.
With Hush-a-Bye, Baby being their only release the company basically vanished before it could shine. It’s a pity because while short, the game was actually well written and enjoyable. I wonder if the staff went off to work elsewhere?
With Garnet Cradle and its FD being their only releases, the company hasn’t had any activity since 2012. On top of this, they no longer provide support for either product so if ain’t working for ya, you’re SOL.
With their hilarious writing in Hotokenser making it an awesome game, I wanted to check out their older game Koigig Devil x Angel. They’re also known for bringing over the English release of Yojinbo. Sadly the games are super old and probably won’t work on my Windows 7 pc so I have since given up. The company seems to be active with their CDs and iphone apps but no signs of real otome game releases on the horizon.
What happens when a mostly anime/movie/music based company tries to make an otome game? Crappy Magic! Garbage game with garbage art and really good seiyuu was possibly the worst PC game I’ve ever played. I think PC releazied what a piece of crap it was though and they scrapped all remains of the release. Unfortunately for them, the stain of their disaster will forever remain on this blog ( ﾟ∀ﾟ)ァﾊﾊ八八ﾉヽﾉヽﾉヽﾉ ＼ / ＼/ ＼ .
Mirai’s “non pr0n” spinoff brand with Asuka being their only release. Needless to say I think Mirai realized that the only people who buy their games are rape enthusiasts and an all ages game just ain’t gonna work. Although Asuka did have a yandere rapist with off screen rape so I guess in the end they just can’t get away even in their all ages brand!
I know you’re thinking hey what the heck Blue Moon is active! Well let me shed some light on their “activity”. After the terrible port of Bloody Call, they decided to start over and create the Double Score series. The CDs seemed successful so they continued with releasing the 2 route games. Okay so the first game wasn’t stellar but it wasn’t too bad. Second game the art quality dropped but fine let’s roll with it. However prior to releasing the 3rd game, Blue Moon went and fired the writer, director and artist for the entire Double Score series. All other games have been delayed indefinitely and well at this point Double Score is basically dead in my head. Needless to say I expect them to vanish into oblivion sooner rather than later.Is this how asgard treats all their companies? The disaster with honeybee and seishun, the disaster of the Butterfly Lip/Rouge/Gloss series and the artist running away… Makes me really side eye anything under the asgard japan umbrella at this point.
While I played their Desert Love, I sadly couldn’t play any of their other games because they were not compatible with my Windows 7. They are one of the few rare companies were the R-18 in their games is actually consensual and just “happens after a romantic scene” rather than being an unwanted rapefest. Their last update was in 2011 and they mentioned they will not be releasing patches for any new windows versions which pretty much tells me they’re out of business for good.
Anyone who was watching my broadcasts back in the day remembers MEMORIES and the endless 20 question sessions with sensei in his car. Well that game was also their one hit wonder and there haven’t been any updates since 2010. I vaguely recall that they spent a lot of money on PR for the game but the writing and artists were all a bunch of outsourced randoms which is why the end result was a piece of crap.
And well that’s all I got for now. After finishing the post I was actually surprised at how many names I was able to dig up. I’m certain there are other companies whose games I haven’t played that probably vanished out of existence too, but this alone is a pretty big list. On the other hand companies that are still fairly active are:
- Quin Rose
- Karin Entertainment
There are other still active companies like Daisy x Daisy but I don’t include them because they only have 1-2 games in their inventory so who knows how long they will “last”.
So what are your thoughts on all these companies? Is there a company that’s not listed here that you know? Feel free to chime in the comments below.