I’d say the choice of listing those 2 is maybe the only odd part of the article for me - Otomate’s actually the developer (or at least original publisher?) of almost all otome games released in English on consoles. Those might be the most well known due to Hakuoki’s age and Amnesia’s anime, I think, which is why I’m guessing they were listed vs something more recent but there are more recent things to point to that you might prefer. I’d say I’m actually decently fond of some of Amnesia’s other routes (really mainly Kent’s, which I loved and was personally good enough to make slowly finishing the entire game by playing a route every few months worth it) but Touma… yeah, there’s a lot happening there, and most of the others went places I didn’t enjoy at some points.
If you are interested in their games that do not involve caging, what I’d recommend the most strongly is Code: Realize, which I love deeply. Its protagonist is very competent and funny, its cast is entertaining, the plot balances both comedy and surprisingly serious topics well, and it has one of the better approaches to telling a story through different routes that I’ve seen in a VN. And mportantly… none of the guys are jerks; they even get along with each other! To a lesser extent I’ve enjoyed Collar x Malice (in that I wasn’t as fond of two of the guys and one of the ones I enjoyed a lot will be pretty divisive) and Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly (the experimental structure is more of a failure than a success and some of the endings are repetitive/unsatisfying). I have heard very good things about Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk in comparison, though.
(EDIT: The above was meant to reply to JKDarkSide but it didn’t seem to retain the reply when I posted…?)
Regardless- it’s excellent to see more coverage of otome games here, from Anne in particular, and getting an interview with the director of Ruby Party even. I really hope this continues.