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11 Games Like Episode You Should Definitely Play

Games Like Episode

As someone who’s fallen in love with the decision-driven gameplay of Episode and just can’t get enough of it – you’re probably wondering if there really is anything like it out there. Well, looking at just how popular this genre of games is, there’s a lot of stuff for you to try that’s just as fun as Episode if not more! Here are Eleven of the games that I think deserve that spot and that you should definitely try out:

Lady Popular might seem like an unassuming dress-up game if you look at it from the surface, but like an iceberg, this game hides most of its content and depth under the surface. As a fan of Episode, you’ll absolutely adore how much it lets you choose the way of playing the game, letting you make it truly your own experience.

In Lady Popular, you start by creating your avatar – choose their dress, style, facial features, skin, and so much more, and off you go on your adventure! The gameplay involves you being a star, just living life, and balancing all the different things that come with it. You have a boyfriend that you have to interact with, decorate your apartment with a ton of different options, and of course, unlock more and more clothes to keep experimenting with.

Everything that happens in Lady Popular is defined by you, which is the appeal for fans of Episode. There’s also a lot of progression in the game, and it can happen in any way you want – build the perfect apartment, make the perfect outfit, or absolutely own the fashion arena – it’s up to you!

Platforms: Android, Browser, iOS

2. The Flower Shop: Winter in Fairbrook

Who doesn’t love a good flower shop? This game is your chance to actually own and take care of one! In The Flower Shop: Winter in Fairbrook, you’re the owner of a flower shop that has to manage all of the plants in it and, at the same time, live the (somewhat extra) ordinary life that it brings with it.

The game focuses on dialogs and decisions for you to make related to four key aspects: Ryan, Jacob, Steve, and Trent. These are the four romance options you have, and depending on how you go about the game, you can get nine different endings! If nothing else, it certainly adds a ton of replayability to the game and makes for a ton of variety in each playthrough.

As a fan of Episode, you’ll be right at home with the way the dialog and decision-making work here. While some people dislike the fact that the flower shop itself almost seems like a distraction from the ‘main’ game, it’s actually kind of immersive in how real-life responsibilities always butt-in to the things you care more about. If you’re looking for a great storyline that you’re in control of, you’ll love The Flower Shop: Winter in Fairbrook.

Platforms: Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, PC

3. Frozen Essence

Frozen Essence

It’s hard to go wrong with an Otome game, and Frozen Essence is a prime example of just that. Instead of a realistic setting, though, you’re thrown into a fantasy world here with a ton of freedom to choose how your life progresses here. It’s got a stereotypical setting, though – you’ve lost your memory and must now navigate life as an amnesiac:

 With twelve different endings to explore, there’s honestly no way to play this game just once because how could you miss out on all the different possibilities? With a setting that’s arguably a bit overused by now, Frozen Essence makes sure to include a plethora of different elements that make the game not just fun but also a unique experience. You have the same decision-driven gameplay that you’ve come to expect from the genre, and each of those slowly drives your character – Mina – to discover what her previous life was really like.

If you can tolerate some lackluster graphics and writing that leaves a bit to be desired, this game is right down the alley for every Episode player. Plus, with all the different endings and how the game sets itself, you don’t ever get the feeling that you’ve played or seen this game somewhere else, something other games are definitely guilty of doing.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, PC

4. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

If you’ve been following the Ace Attorney series, this game is just an instant sell for you. For those of us new to the series, Phoenix Wright is the fifth edition in this visual novel series that focuses on fighting on behalf of the law and making sure justice is delivered the way it was always meant to be.

This was originally a Nintendo 3DS but has since been ported to Android, making it one of the best games out there for mobile gamers, period. It’s got the kind of quality you expect from a console game without all of the freemium and microtransaction crap we despise so much. The gameplay is all driven by your natural instincts and choice of dialogue, and you’re consistently guided through its story.

While there aren’t a dozen endings to explore in this game, you won’t care a bit about that when you’re completely immersed in its top-notch writing, graphics, and gameplay that has so much nuance to it. Witnesses have emotions, cases have twists, and everything is connected with each other, adding a level of depth to the game that’s just so hard to find nowadays.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Android

5. Love and Order

Not to be confused with Law and Order, the very thing that keeps our society intact (or does it?), Love and Order is another visual novel that doesn’t try to do too much, instead focusing on perfectly nailing the few things that it is going for. It’s a fairly old game at this point, but it definitely aged like fine wine:

Like Ace Attorney, this game also focuses on law, but you’re not the lawyer in charge of upholding the law in this case – you’re the secretary at the Crown Attorney authority in Montreal. With a realistic setting in place, this game excels in immersing you in its world with all of the decisions you make, ultimately taking you to the ending you’ve chosen for yourself.

There are multiple romance options; of course, it is love and order, after all, and each of them are closely related with how you play out your responsibilities as a secretary at the Crown Attorney too. This freedom of choosing where you want to focus your efforts is something I think Episode players will particularly enjoy. If you’re okay with a bit of a grindy gameplay loop and a bit of overwhelm from the multitude of responsibilities you have in this game, Love and Order is a fantastic alternative to Episode.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, PC

6. Nicole

This is a game for the person who’s basically looking for a real-life simulator. But with a focus on dating. You know, the fun stuff in life. As Nicole, you get to customize your appearance a bit, but the biggest appeal coming from the Episode will be the fact that your decisions drive how your life goes!

The best parts of this game have to be the way the story goes and how Nicole’s character develops along with it. Your decisions are what take you to the branching paths which ultimately lead to 10 different endings, but no matter which path you end up going down, you’ll be stunned by the immersion of its story. Plus, you’ve got a lot to choose from when it comes to living out your day, as there are tons of activities and a plethora of different locations to visit.

As it goes with life, sometimes the game does get a bit grindy and boring, especially when you’re doing the ‘real-life’ tasks that are just as boring here as they would be in actual real life. Apart from that, coming from Episode, there’s a lot to love here, and most of it is found in the way the story carries itself on the back of your decisions.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch

7. Choice of Robots

If you’ve ever wondered why every game seems to have bad writing, wonder no more – Choice of Robots is a game that focuses literally just on the writing. I mean it. The game is entirely text-based. Now, of course, that means you miss out on the visuals and graphics of modern games, but if you’re a bookworm, you can imagine why this is an acceptable (and dare I say worthy) tradeoff here.

In Choice of Robots, choices are everything. There’s a lot of reading to do in order to get the context of what’s happening around you and choose accordingly, so speedreading will definitely come in handy. Plus, it still retains the feature you loved most in Episode – decisions shaping what happens in the game, and this time around, they’re a lot more intricate and nuanced.

Some caveats around this game have to be the fact that it doesn’t let you unlock certain dialog options and the lack of graphics, of course, but overall, it’s a pretty unique and fun experience. If you’re completely dialed in on the choices and writing part of visual novels, this is a literal novel for you to try where you call the shots.

Platforms: Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, PC

8. Re: Alistair++

Games like Episode are nothing if they don’t have variety, and Alistair++ makes sure to do just that with its three possible romancing options. It’s also got the most stereotypical anime-like art style, so if you’re one to indulge in anime, you’ll absolutely adore the way this game looks. Looks aren’t all it has, though:

In Re: Alistair++, you get a really unique setting for a game that’s supposed to be a visual novel. As a free-to-play otome game, it revolves around the fact that an item of great importance has been stolen, and it’s up to you to find it and get it back. Along the way, you get to meet and romance the three main characters in this game, which is pretty much the main game for fans of Episode.

That’s not to say that the questing isn’t fun here – it adds a layer of gameplay that’s actually fun to play and gives you something to do when you need a break from the dialog. If you’re up for a little bit of grinding and some patience, you’re definitely going to enjoy playing this game after the Episode and its multitude of endings.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, PC

9. Hollywood U: Rising Stars

Some games take a bit to get going, and that’s okay because when they do start, they go really hard! That’s exactly what this game is about, and once you’re past the somewhat slow start, you’ll have a lot of fun with this game like Episode. As the name suggests, it’s about you going from a zero to a hero in Hollywood, and you’ll be doing it in style.

The game lets you customize your character a ton, to the point where it actually feels like it’s your character too. This makes it not only immersive but also really personalized to your preferences. With solid character customization to set the base, the game adds a really good story to the mix, which keeps you engaged and doesn’t let anything get stale.

It’s easy to get lost in the world of Hollywood U because of the way you literally go from nothing to a world star. You build your own fan base that would literally die for you, and these fans grow from a few-tenths to thousands and even millions down the line. There are also multiple ways for you to get to that point, so you can expect a decent level of replayability here.

Platforms: Android, iOS

10. My Candy Love

When a game has been online and supported for over a decade, you know it’s going to be good. My Candy Love originally came out in 2011, and it’s only gotten better since then with the plethora of community content and official updates it’s received. But does it live up to the hype?

My Candy Love is set in a high school and the devs made sure to get the setting as close to the real thing as possible. Well, as close as you can get within an otome game, that is. It definitely works – this is one of the most immersive games on this list and makes the characters in this game feel that much more like actual people, something that a lot of visual novels tend to gloss over.

The best part of this game, coming from Episode, will be the visuals, the setting and immersion, and the fact that it still has an active community revolving around it to this day. The game does have a weird way of making you play only for a short while before making you pause for a bit, but if you can look past that, this is another great visual novel alternative to Episode.

Platforms: Android, Browser, iOS

11. Hollywood Story

This game saw everything that Hollywood U does, and it took all of it personally – becoming one of the best create-your-own-story games out there as a response, period. Once again, the trope here is that you start from nothing and work your way up to stardom, but it’s the way there that makes this game so good.

As a mobile game, you don’t expect too much from it, but boy, does it over-deliver. With a whole array of different styles, activities, tasks, and movies, you’re spoiled for choice at every turn in this game. Oh, and as a Hollywood star, you’re obviously going to be doing all of this in style – which, again, you’re going to be choosing for yourself from all of the different clothing options available.

Admittedly, this game can be tempting to splurge on in the way of microtransactions, especially when it comes to the cooler clothing items, but even besides that, this game has a strong foundation that it’s built on. With consistent updates and support from the devs to date, if you’re looking for a long-term fix for your Episode craving, this is definitely the game for you.

Platforms: Android, iOS

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So, wrapping it up, that’s everything you can get out there when it comes to games like Episode! From visual novel classics to otome games to browser games that are just as fun as they were when we first played them a decade ago, there’s something for everyone here. With that said, which title have you got your eye on next? I’ll be waiting to hear from you in the comments, and until then, good luck and have fun with all your games!

Danish Javed

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Danish Javed

Obsessed with everything from Rainbow Six Siege and Valorant to Dota 2 and Rocket League, Danish is a competitive gamer at heart. Committed to creating exciting content about the latest trends in gaming, he is always on the lookout for the next big thing. Learn More

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