Tools like multiple save slots, quick-save features, and the ability to skip text and rewind help players efficiently pursue every potential partner character and reveal every story path.
It’s like backwards-engineering a narrative database -- and you may be surprised to find how much the story changes when you focus on a different partner each time. Hakuoki is a period piece, taking place in the Bakumatsu period of Japan at the time of civil unrest between the Emperor and the Shogun.
The Shinsengumi are a genuine part of history with many modern pop culture adaptations, tropes intake.
Souji Okita will almost always be tragic and tubercular -- if you Google his name, his historical Wikipedia profile will appear alongside art of his Hakuoki incarnation.
It's hard for me to think of an equivalent phenomenon in the Western canon—what if developers allowed us to date the historical figures found in Assassin's Creed games?
Hakuoki has a full voice cast of stars, some of whom would be familiar to fans of subtitled anime.
Hakuoki is one of the only examples we have of a traditional console-style otome game available in English.
Aksys Games originally licensed and localized the game back in 2012 and has been using that translation to release ports to other platforms.
The Hakuoki series has many different incarnations in Japan, including a version that transposes all the characters into a high-school setting.
Aksys Games also released another otome game, Sweet Fuse, in 2013, which features a modern setting and non-traditional characters.
Welcome to Otome, visual dating games made with women in mind.