I’ve played a lot of visual novels in my time, but not much otome. So Olympia Soiree, a substantial otome with serious themes from developer Otomate localized to English by Aksys Games, was a great opportunity to try something new. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m glad I gave it a shot. Olympia Soiree was an experience I found well worth it.
The Island of Many Colors
Tenguu Island is the island of colors. Each person is born with color, and color dictates every aspect of life, from one’s occupation to whom one might marry. The primary colors—red, yellow, and blue—stand atop the societal hierarchy, and the more different color traits one has, the lower one’s station. Those with a great many color traits are even considered unsightly by the ruling classes and sent to live underground in Yomi, a place whose name means “hell”.
Enter “Olympia” (her real name is Byakuya by default or can be changed by the player), Lady of the White. The women of White, who reside on the nearby Tennyo Island, are worshippers of the goddess Amaterasu and protectors of the sun. But after a disaster known as