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 (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...
PlayStation 2 (2003)
Originally released for PC (Windows) as an adult visual novel known as Green Green, the PlayStation 2 port of the...
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...
Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom is a visual novel that follows the story of a young woman by the...
PS Vita (2014)
Chizuru Yukimura is currently beginning her first year of high school at Hakuō Academy. She enrolls at the suggestion of...
PlayStation 3 (2014)
Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi is an update of the original visual novel featuring improved graphics, trophies, and side-stories from...
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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
- 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