For discussion of one of my favorite game-creators, Hanako Games. Why are they so awesome? Let me count the ways! First, the games are almost always clever, well-written, and funny. They avoid the common pitfalls of otome protagonists and have intelligent and witty female characters. They're also very GLTBQ friendly, and almost all the games have a same-sex romance option. Cute Knight: You're a girl who's lived in an orphanage her entire life, and now that you're 18 they're kicking you out. As you despair, your fairy godmother comes to you and tells you that you have a destiny waiting for you, and you've got 3 years to discover it. You head off to a small town, where you can romance a guy, crawl through some dungeons, take up a profession, or find your true origins Cute Knight Kingdoms: Cute Knight, but with more kingdoms. This time you're a girl with loving parents, who tell you on your 18 birthday that they found you on your doorstep under mysterious circumstances. Determined to find your destiny (and not end up a candle-maker, as nice as your parents are) you set off across the many kingdoms where you can fight monsters, romance people, and settle down in a well-paying job if that's your thing. Also features one of the more interesting sin systems I've seen in a game. Long Live The Queen: You are a princess whose mother has just died, leaving you partially in charge of the kingdom until you turn 15 and your coronation takes place. Your main objective? Don't die. Everyone and everything is trying to kill you, and you have to carefully develop your skills to make sure you live to see your 15th birthday. Now has adorable death chibis. Science Girls: Absolutely adorable RPG where you assemble a team of schoolgirls, each specializing in a certain field of science, to ward off the tentacled aliens attacking their school. Date Warp: Janet is an average college girl, out on a date with Brad, who's known for taking girls out on a first date and then immediately dumping them. After a storm breaks out right after the car shuts down, you're forced to take shelter in a mysterious old house with even more mysterious inhabitants, and basically anything after this is a spoiler. Play it. It's great. Magical Diary Horse Hall: Harry Potter fanfic: the game. You get to be an American with magical powers who gets sent to a special magical high school on her 16th birthday. You can romance a hot demon guy, your roommates, a lovable prankster, or Snape your icy teacher. Also has dungeons you can solve with your spells, and a yearbook feature so you can share your badass witch with the world. They also made Fatal Hearts, and some of their affiliate games are Spirited Heart, the Heileen series, and Lucky Rabbit Reflex; since none of their makers have their own threads you can discuss them here as well.