DescriptionAlso called NVL games, "digital novels", and "choose-your-own-adventure games": games in which the story is told through text overlaid on a background representing the scene being described. The player's input is confined to periodically making choices which might affect the direction and outcome of the story. Mostly regarded as a branch of Japanese adventure, but Western examples exist as well.
FM Towns (1992)
This compilation contains: Cal Cal II The second game can be started only after having completed the first one.
PlayStation 2 (2009)
You made a promise with your father that if you don't manage to get the first prize at the art...
Sepiairo no Motif (セピア色のモチーフ) is the first in the Canvas game series, originally released for PC (Windows) as an adult...
As it often happens, you play a handsome and popular Japanese high-school student in this dating sim from Libido. The...
Chakra consists of four mini-games:Chakra de Chuck Norris: a timed quiz. The player can choose a theme (anime, magazines, or...
PlayStation 2 (2007)
A port of a PC version called Chanter: Kimi no Uta ga Todoitara which adds new character (Rina, Yuki's sister),...
Charade describes the daily high-school routine of a girl named Kazumi. The game proceeds from one school day to another,...
Charm is a visual novel that consists of five very short episodes from the life of a teenage girl named...
Nintendo 3DS (2016)
Cherry Jam is a visual novel with a slight inclination towards dating simulation. The hero is a nameless young man...
Cherry Tree High I! My! Girls! is a linear visual novel and the sequel to Cherry Tree High: Comedy Club!...
PlayStation 2 (2005)
Chocolate: Maid Cafe "Curio" is a romantic visual novel revolving around the daily life of managing a coffee shop. After...
A young girl named Mana is determine to become a good nurse. She plans to attend the Hirasawa Nurse School,...
PS Vita (2015)
Suguha Fukami (深海 直刃) is a young boy, and the protagonist of the story, who liked to practice kendo martial...
PS Vita (2012)
Ciel nosurge is the first game in the Surge Concerto series, which shares a universe and themes with the Ar...
Hikari Mimamoru Sakamichi de (光見守る坂道で) is a linear visual novel featuring full voice-acting (for dialogues and descriptions alike) that tells...
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- 88 Zero Escape: Volume 2 - Virtue's Last Reward
- 88 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- 87 Zero Escape: Volume 2 - Virtue's Last Reward
- 87 999: Nine Hours • Nine Persons • Nine Doors
- 85 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- 82 To the Moon
- 81 Aviary Attorney
Games must have at least a Critic Score of 80 to be considered.
Visual Novel is part of Gameplay. This group of genres contain:
- Action RPG
- Beat 'em up / Brawler
- Board Game
- Cards / Tiles
- City Building / Construction Simulation
- Dating Simulation
- Falling Block Puzzle
- Game Show / Trivia / Quiz
- Graphic Adventure
- Hack and Slash
- Hidden object
- Interactive Book
- Interactive Fiction / Text Adventure
- Japanese-style Adventure
- Japanese-style RPG (JRPG)
- Life / Social Simulation
- Managerial / Business Simulation
- Martial Arts
- Mental training
- Music / Rhythm
- Paddle / Pong
- Party Game
- Quick Time Events (QTEs)
- Rail Shooter
- RPG Elements
- Sandbox / Open World
- Survival Horror
- Tactical RPG
- Tactical Shooter
- Tile Matching Puzzle
- Timed Input
- Time Management
- Tower Defense
- Trading / Collectible Card
- Tricks / Stunts
- Vehicle Simulator
- Vehicular Combat Simulator
- Virtual World
- Visual Novel
- Word Construction