Other common elements in otome games are the importance of voice acting, CG stills, and a small epilogue or set scene at the end of the game when a character is successfully finished.
There is also often a pure dating aspect of gameplay in simulations.
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 love interests are often voiced by well-known voice actors.
At certain points, or when the player passes certain requirements, special events can occur, often with a "CG" (computer graphic) as a reward.
Generally one of the goals, besides the main plot goal, is to develop a romantic relationship between the female player character and one of several male or female characters.
This genre is most established in Japan, and is mostly made up of visual novels and simulation games; particularly dating sims and life simulation games.
In 2002, Konami released its very successful Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side, which brought many new fans to the still-new genre.
In 2006, Famitsu's listings for the Top 20 selling love games included seven otome games.
This CG is a set picture featuring the love interest and sometimes the main character in a pose, and some dialogue.