Making a basic otome game is actually pretty easy! In this tutorial, we'll show you how.
Let's start with something very simple: an interactive (branching) story where a girl meets two boys and makes some choices. Depending on the choices the player makes, our protagonist will end up with boy A, boy B or alone.
Let's keep things simple since we're only doing this for practice. Later, you can apply what you learned in this tutorial to make a much more interesting game! But even the most simple otome game needs the following elements:
We'll cover them all step by step, so don't worry, even if you have zero experience in programming and making games! This tutorial might seem long but that's not because making a simple game in Ren'Py is complicated (it's not) - it's because we took extra care to explain every step in detail so nobody gets lost. And let's not forget you won't just learn a few features - you'll have a real, working otome game in the end!
Note: if you don't have the patience to read the whole thing and you trust your technical skills, there's a much shorter, no-hand-holding version here ( -coming soon- ).
Here's an overview of what we'll do: