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.
PlayStation 2 (2006)
This limited edition of Fragments Blue includes the game, along with a small art book containing production illustrations.
Frog Fractions starts as a spoof of edutainment games. The player controls a frog who eats bugs to defend a...
Furimukeba Tonari ni is a port of a PC adult visual novel called Shin Ruriiro no Yuki: Furimukeba Tonari ni....
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...
Gallery Fake is a mystery adventure based on the manga from 1992 with the same name. The title also spanned...
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...
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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
- 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