Otomes like C14 (even if had a single bonus yuri) still do OK, Heirs despite being my game with highest review rating on Steam, is the one who did worse of all games published that year
Many things have been said (could be the art etc) but even PSCD had that art and still did better. While I don't know what I'll decide to do in the end, for sure I'll never make a yaoi only game in future, that's certain (would be a commercial suicide).
But as I said I was a bit grumpy on my own. One negative review means nothing, Love Bites overall is doing well and I was just taking it the wrong way
Also there could be a lot of things to say about romance number vs actual length. For example that reviewer compares this game to Heileen 3. Heileen 3 had 4 male and 4 female (so twice) but just a female main character, so that's why I could do this. Miakoda even wrote separate routes for each gender (instead for example of reusing texts like I did with Cursed Lands).
Overall I think Love Bites texts each route is longer than Heileen 3 routes. But people see 4 love interests vs 2 and think it's probably worse, while it's not necessarily true. It's a tough world