Traditionally, the goal of these games is to have the desired partner fall in love and have a relationship with the player character, but the requirements for gaining a "good end" differ from game to game.
Some examples of simultaneous releases of a manga and otome game also exist such as Angelique and Full House Kiss.
It's also common to find doujinshi featuring popular characters from otome games.
The Love Plus series is a highly popular dating sim game which has also been misunderstood as a game for loser nerds who do not have social lives.
In the end, it is just a game and most people are not crazy enough to take it too seriously.
Otome games have strong links with shōjo manga, with popular titles often spawning a manga series (e.g.
Neo Angelique and Meine Liebe), and popular manga series getting adapted to videogames (such as Nana).
Those who are searching for a quick sense of connecting with others may relish in playing dating sims in which players get to pick and be with their ideal girlfriend or boyfriend.
It is pure fun and it is not considered as cheating on your partner when you are flirting with game characters!
This involves asking or being asked on dates by the love interest, doing an activity with them, and responding to their questions or comments.
The player has a choice of responses, and a correct answer will raise your standing with that character.
In 2006, Famitsu's listings for the Top 20 selling love games included seven otome games.