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.
PS Vita (2015)
The Tower of Desire is a top-down fantasy dungeon crawler role-playing game which continues on the Fushigi no Gensōkyō game...
PlayStation 2 (2005)
Futakoi Alternative (aka Twin Love Alternative) is a spin off of a TV anime with the same name. As the...
PlayStation 2 (2006)
Gakuen Heaven: Boy's Love Scramble is a visual novel in which a male player character pursues relationships with other men,...
The protagonist of the game is a teacher in St. Marianna Girls High School, which his sister also attends. One...
PlayStation 2 (2007)
Originally a console visual novel, and as such non-adult by default, this game focuses on a slice-of-life story of Manami...
FM Towns (1992)
This compilation contains: Himitsu no Hanazono Kimi Dake ni Ai o... Dragon Eyes There's also a bonus section featuring a...
FM Towns (1993)
This compilation contains: Tesera Kimi wa Kegareta Tenshi ka Seinaru Majo ka!? Hatsukoi Monogatari There's also a bonus section featuring...
This is the first volume of the side-story to Konami's famous RPG series Suikoden. You play as Nash, a special...
This is a side story to Konami's RPG series Suikoden. The events of the game take place between the second...
In this erotic game, the player directs the activities of a Shinto priestess, laying to rest a series of disturbed...
Sayaka Kimura is a twenty-six year old women married to an older man who has two teenage children, a boy...
Yousuke is a college-aged student who became emotionally damaged in youth from seeing his birth mother repeatedly engage in adulterous...
TurboGrafx CD (1992)
Yuna Kagurazaka is a somewhat ditzy 16-year old girl. After winning a "Galactic Bishōjo Contest" (Galaxy Fräulein Contest, similar to...
TurboGrafx CD (1995)
This is the second game in the series about the school girl Yuna Kagurazaka, who fights crime in cosmic battles....
GiriGiri Paradise has a rather simple story: the protagonist, a teenager named Keiichi, is having a vacation. Together with three...
Guren Tensho: Shura continues directly from where the original Guren ended. After the fateful battle with Yasha, a new threat...
The title H+ is rather self-explanatory to those who understand the meaning of the letter "H" to the Japanese (pronounced...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 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
- 83 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
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
- Hidden object
- Interactive Book
- Interactive Fiction / Text Adventure
- Interactive Fiction with Graphics [DEPRECATED]
- Interactive Movie
- Japanese-style Adventure
- Japanese-style RPG (JRPG)
- Life / Social Simulation
- Managerial / Business Simulation
- Martial Arts
- Mental training
- Music / Rhythm
- Paddle / Pong
- Party Game
- Rail Shooter
- RPG Elements
- Sandbox / Open World
- Survival Horror
- Tactical RPG
- Tactical Shooter
- Tile Matching Puzzle
- Time Management
- Tower Defense
- Trading / Collectible Card
- Tricks / Stunts
- Vehicle Simulator
- Vehicular Combat Simulator
- Video Backdrop
- Virtual World
- Visual Novel
- Word Construction