Emily Putscher of DualShockers writes: "Romantic “visual novel” games don’t have much of a market here in the west, which is why Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom is the first game from Otome to be published in North America.
I’ll admit, I started off skeptical myself. The description of “game” is really a little misleading, despite the fact that it is a piece of software published on a handheld gaming console. Gameplay, as it were, doesn’t really exist. Rather, the person holding the PSP in their hands is mostly reading a story, and making choices every once in awhile."