Festive Otome Games for the Holiday Season | Recommendations

The holiday season is here and with some time off to enjoy the festivities, I’m sure there are many otome fans looking for a whimsical love story to help wind down at the end of the year.

To celebrate, I’ve put together a collection of some christmas and winter-themed games that are perfect for the holidays! There’s a mix of full games and sequels, as well as some big budget and indie titles, so there’ should’s a recommendation here for everyone to enjoy…

Wrapped With A Kiss

Wrapped With A Kiss is an indie otome game inspired by classic Hallmark romance movies that I recently streamed on Twitch. It’s an emotional, heartwarming story from the perspective of Noel (MC) whose life was recently turned upside down, causing her to move away from the city and into her sister’s home in the cozy town of Hawthorn. Here, she’ll find the meaning of Christmas (and hopefully love!) in Elliot, the friendly local carpenter…

Game Name: Wrapped With A Kiss
Developers: LegendEx Games
Publishers: LegendEx Games
Platforms: Steam, itch.io
Genres / Vibes: Romance, Hallmark, Sweet, Visual Novel, Otome (GxB), Indie
Price: $5.00 (USD)
More info: Twitter, itch.io

The Winter Tower

I recently wrote a review for The Winter Tower and I stand by my opinion that this is a perfect game for the holiday season! It’s a whimsical, fairy-tale inspired romance set against a stunning, wintry backdrop. You play as Ekaterina Ivanova, rightful heir to your father’s kingdom, as you set off on a journey to the Winter Tower to complete your coming-of-age ceremony, where you meet a beautiful, mysterious young man…

Game Name: The Winter Tower
Developers: Everium
Publishers: Everium
Platforms: Steam
Genres / Vibes: Romance, Fairy Tale, Sweet, Visual Novel, Otome (GxB), Indie
Price: Free!
More info: Steam Store Page, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube

Snowdrop

For some more seasonal romance by LegendEx Games, we have Snowdrop, a free indie visual novel where you play as Lilah Scott, an aspiring filmmaker dealing with the death of her older brother, Craig. For a change of pace, she goes to work at her sister-in-law’s inn for the winter where, while searching for inspiration for her next movie, she meets a handsome (but rude) guest…

Game Name: Snowdrop
Developers: LegendEx Games
Publishers: LegendEx Games
Platforms: itch.io
Genres / Vibes: Romance, Christmas, Sweet, Visual Novel, Otome (GxB), Indie
Price: Free!
More info: Twitter, itch.io

Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star

If you played Hatoful Boyfriend and thought to yourself “man, I wish there was more of this but, y’know, Christmas”, then boy, do I have a game recommendation for you. Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star is a sequel to the OG pigeon dating game, so it’s recommended you play that first. Holiday Star features more silly bird-based shenanigans, but this time with a little Christmas spirit!

Game Name: Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star
Developers: Mediatonic
Publishers: Epic Games
Platforms: Steam
Genres / Vibes: Romance, Parody, Dating Sim, Visual Novel
Price: $14.50 (AUD)
More info: Twitter, Website, Steam Store Page

Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~

For those otome gamers who prefer Otomate titles to indie ones, there’s still a recommendation for you on this list! Most bigger budget game companies don’t typically release seasonal titles, so Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ is about the closest we’ve gotten (in English) to date.

The game’s events take place after the base game, Code: Realize, so it’s definitely a game to save for when you’ve finished the original, but if you’re looking for some classic otome set in the holiday season, this is the game for you!

Game Name: Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~
Developers: Idea Factory, Otomate
Publishers: Aksys Games
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS Vita
Genres / Vibes: Romance, Fantasy, Steampunk, Otome (GxB), Visual Novel
Price: Varies by platform, region, and edition (standard/limited)
More info: Twitter, Website

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