Generally one of the goals, besides the main plot goal, is to develop a romantic relationship between the female player character and one of several male, or occasionally female characters.
The game is set to be released on April 19th in Japan, with two versions available.
Thus, while seems innocuous (and often even somewhat condescending toward both fan culture and cross-dressing), its engagement with these fundamentally disruptive traditions suggests a subtle undermining of Japanese patriarchal and heteronormative traditions.
Ouran Academy is an elite upper school catering to the ultra-rich.
Haruhi Fujioka is a middle-class scholarship student, a rarity at the school.
The game progresses through five individual storylines or "episodes" that span Haruhi's first two months at Ouran Academy. Several scenes from the anime are treated as flashbacks in the game. An official patch was sold for the Playstation 2 game to add an extra mini-story for each host and two new CG scenes.
In one, the hosts visit a water park; in another, they go to the commoner department store; and in two others, Haruhi is reunited with an old friend named Sayuri and Tamaki is reunited with an old friend named Jean-Pierre. These stories were already included in the Nintendo DS version.