I figured I’ve got enough games under my belt to start doing these top 10 posts. I shall begin this series with the worst otome game systems I’ve ever sat through. I’d like to give a shout out to Broccoli and KamiAso Infinite (for having annoying quizzes that affect my trophy collection) to inspire me to write this post. (ﾟ∀ﾟ) Remember, none of these games should ever be attempted without a walkthrough ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)✨.
10. Isshouni Gohan
For the cooking bit, the mini games were REALLY DUMB. Only maybe 2 of them were challenging but the rest were just stupid and a waste of time. When I say waste of time, I mean I failed one of Daito’s annoying games and still got his happy ending. The worst game being the egg one because 1. I had to hear Yonaga screaming UUUNNN! 7 times each route and 2. all you do is wait for him to go UUUNNN! and you press O. That’s it. That’s the whole game. （ಠ_ಠ）
I don’t even know why they put mini games into this if they weren’t going to affect the outcome anyway. Not that there as any saving grace to this god awful game that has probably been buried & forgotten in most people’s minds.
This game uses the same vn style as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni where the entire screen is covered in text. I’m sorry but that completely ruined the game for me. I couldn’t even pay attention to half the time because I’d just be drowning in text and it would cover up all the beautiful CGs and backgrounds and just make me zone out.
Ugly text window aside, the game also had a “random event” system. In order to get all the CGs and events, you had to load/save in every route to make sure that the “event” you got was one you’ve not gotten before. I’m glad Otomate ditched this crap and the text window and never used it again. This COULD have potentially been a great game but I think it just has a cult following that replays the game every summer. Oh btw there IS a web demo so you can actually see what the text complaint I’m having is.
Hohoho oh Otomate I thought you were over horrid game systems but you come back with a vengeance in this one!
For the most part, in Ravir it’s like FORCED conversation for the sake of conversing. It’s like a feeling of where you have to “mingle with the commoners” and by being a majestic goddess of course you just OUTSPEAK them and “win” your LE COMBAT.🙄 In the beginning, it wasn’t as bad because you had to actually get to know the guys so whatever. As you get further into the game, you know all those romantic scenes with the guy alone where he confesses and shit…..all somehow ENCLOSED WITHIN LE COMBAT. WTF. It’s like…I am having a battle of wits with him while the both of us fumble with our feelings like 2 horny teenagers. ( ´_ゝ｀)
It also became a nightmare if you were trying to get the platinum trophy since you needed to intentionally fail certain Ravirs to collect all the events. Let’s also not forget the 40 bad endings (and 10 good ones). Please Otomate, no more le combats for me.
The worst part of this game is YOU CAN ONLY CRAFT 1 STONE AT A TIME. 1 FUCKING STONE AT A TIME. 50 TIMES X 7 CHARACTERS + ANOTHER 80 TIMES IN THE TRUE END YOU GOTTA FUCKING CRAFT 430 STONES 1 AT A TIME OTOMATE ARE YOU HIGH (I probably made like 500 though cause I was too lazy to count orz.)
Needless to say, I’m not sure if I’d ever get this game even if they port it to Vita….unless maybe they let you just auto-craft stones 200 at once 😂
Mostly the CGs missing were from the STUPID AS ALL FUCK Hearts & Clovers mini game. That was probably the most idiotic and irritating part of Clover Alice that I hope to NEVER SEE AGAIN. ┻━┻ ︵╰(ಠ益ಠ)╯︵ ┻━┻
Thank god this had no trophies or I would have gone insane from all the CG holes because I couldn’t be assed to continuously play the stupid card mini game against all the characters. Oh also the game had like 200 turns or maybe it was 300? I forget. It was annoying and I still needed a guide to make sure I didn’t miss any of the events. I believe quin rose ported it to straight VN format for the Vita but good luck finding that anywhere.
5. Vitamin X
It’s not even the exams that are tiring but the constant having to manually go through the text to make sure you catch every ‘action line’. I wanted to do at least 6 chapters a day so I could at least finish each guy in 2 days but after 3 chapters I’d start missing action lines, getting test questions wrong and just generally wanting to rage quit the game while fall asleep at the same time.
All the Vitamin games had a system where you had to see if the guys said dumb shit, catch them and correct them. Back in that day, it was hard for me to do because my Japanese wasn’t as good. Without a guide I’d have no idea which lines are wrong or not, so it was a real struggle to read the text and be on the lookout for the next “line” to catch. Needless to say by the time I go to Z, it was a lot easier and I actually ended up fully completing that one and the Vitamin games that followed it. Still, the exams sucked, and with weaker Japanese sometimes it was a struggle just mentally translating the test question & answers before the timer ran out.
4. Last Escort
You cannot save anywhere you want. You can only save once a week while you plan your schedule or during any days off where you relax to clear Akari’s stress level. The lottery spam game got annoying quickly because if you didn’t win the 20million jackpot at least twice, you would not be able to afford buying the entire drink menu 3x a month for the guys after they became your permanent request. There was no auto skip or skip read dialogue. That means anytime you saw a dialogue you “think” you might have seen, you had to manually press and hold R1 and skip it.
I don’t know what drugs I was on to make me sit through this shit show. But clearly they worked well since I ended up then sitting through Last Escort 2 AND 3. Fortunately those last 2 had much better systems that didn’t want to make me throw my chair out the window.
You’re probably thinking wait a minute, I thought CE was a straight VN! Ahh but the original PC games a battle system type. I ended up ragequitting the moment they asked me to kill some wild raccoons. Fortunately fellow otome blogger Koori managed to make it through:
With 240 turns as the time limit, the main goal to get a good end (on top of the regular stalk the bishie) is to fill the ‘support’ meter of both nobles&civillians be 450+. A thing that might sound not that hard…if each turn didn’t do a -10 points reduction for both sides. Let said meter reach 0 by one of the sides? Congratulations, you get the Sheila gets assassinated bad end.
Needless to say I’m glad I ragequit and played the straight VN version 7 years later…since honestly I didn’t find the story that enjoyable and ultimately I would have thought the game is better than it really is thanks to the hellish stat/battle system.
The game works like this – you have to read dialogue sentences – and certain sentences act as a “stat” raiser. When a certain sentence comes up in the dialogue box you need to press X to collect that stat point. If you miss this sentence, have fun starting that entire chapter over (since it automatically asks you to save each time) or quicksave/save state after every single time you make a choice to make sure you don’t have to start from the beginning if you miss it. It’s irritating as hell because it’s not like an option that comes up on screen, it’s part of the dialogue.
It’s a similar system to the Vitamin games but the correct choices are much more vague. For example a sentence like “I went to get a drink in the bathroom” was considered something you have to “collect”. WTf?? Needless to say I ragequit that shit before I even made it out of the first chapter. Koori the brave soul decided to plow through 1 route but I think that was enough for her to kick this game into a black hole. Based on her review, it doesn’t seem like neither of us were missing out. Makes me wonder if Otomate took inspiration from this when making Reine 😂
1. Custom Drive
You thought this was a fun dressup game? WRONG. If you want to see certain Cgs you must have the EXACT required hair style and clothing on and god forbid you put on a hat or take of glasses. NOPE NO CG FOR YOU. The scene will still play and you’ll have no idea you’re missing a CG unless you are sitting there following D3p’s CG guide like a hawk.
This was possibly the worst game I have ever played AND managed to complete. The above is only 1 of a handful of problems that made me have ACTUAL NIGHTMARES trying to complete all the CGs. What kind of “customization” game is it when your customizing ends up making you lose endings and Cgs? Whats is the point? It’s like waving a bone in front of a hungry dog and the moment he goes to bite it, you cruelly take it away! My rage and hatred for D3P somehow fueled my energy to actually complete and game and get all the CGs but maybe this is karma – since D3P’s otome releases now are mostly low rated shovelware garbage. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
And so this concludes my list. Perhaps I can make a positive version of this and post the top 10 games with the BEST systems I’ve ever played! 😂 What other top 10s would you be interested in seeing?