Eastasiasoft just revealed Otoko Cross: Pretty Boys Mahjong Solitaire.
We’re used to seeing games sexualizing female characters in video games. Look no further than early Tomb Raider games or Japanese fighting games like Dead or Alive. Oh and remember Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball?
However, we’re less accustomed to males receiving similar treatment. And to be sure, it’s not exactly a 1:1 comparison, since Otoko Cross is much less hyper-sexualized. Regardless, today we bring you a unique puzzle game featuring a cast of male crossdressers celebrating Japan’s otokonoko sub-culture.
Since we have no experience with otokonoko, we’re going to leave it to Eastasiasoft to explain:
In Japan, otokonoko crossdressing has become a common theme not only in anime and manga but also in real-life maid cafés and cosplay events. The term “otokonoko” is Japanese word play and refers to males with distinctly feminine manner and appearance, often cross-dressed to charming effect.
Eastasiasoft says that it “has taken great care in representing this theme with passion and authenticity, tapping into Japanese development partnerships, contracting fresh art and casting male voice talent that properly reflects what fans appreciate about the otokonoko style.”
Players can expect 60 unique tile layouts. Tiles are shuffled each session for randomized patterns. You can also unlock new outfits as you clear away tiles. The outfits are added to the Dressing Room mode for casual viewing.
Otoko Cross: Pretty Boys Mahjong Solitaire will launch first on PC via Steam. Further details on additional platforms and subsequent entries in this new IP will come later.