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.
TurboGrafx CD (1997)
Crazy Hospital is a short unlicensed adult visual novel. The player controls a young man who feels sick and visits...
Crescendo is the sentimental tale of Ryo Sasaki, and the last few days of his high school life before graduation....
Crimsoness is a short visual novel in which you take on the role of Bakumi Moriyama. When she has three...
Early in the 21st century, a sudden shortage of energy and food caused World War III - the most devastating...
FM Towns (1995)
Custom Mate 2 & Itsuka Dokoka de compiles two adult hentai games formerly released on the PC-98: Custom Mate 2...
FM Towns (1994)
This compilation contains: Custom Mate Erotic Baka Novel: Denwa no Bell ga...
PlayStation 2 (2003)
High-school student Tōya Shinjō is what's known as a "Shinigami" -- an envoy of Hell who guides wandering souls, or...
PlayStation 2 (2003)
First Print Limited Edition package of D→A:BLACK contains: D→A:BLACK game Original DVD with various bonus content
SEGA Saturn (1997)
It is the year 2296, and the protagonist has just transferred into Union Academy, a prestigious military flight academy. Plenty...
In Dancing Cat's (sic), the player takes the role of an ambitious businessman named Kazuhiko. He founds a company named...
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- 88 Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
- 87 Zero Escape: Volume 2 - Virtue's Last Reward
- 86 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
- 86 999: Nine Hours • Nine Persons • Nine Doors
- 85 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- 82 To the Moon
- 81 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
- 81 Finding Paradise
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
- Puzzle elements
- 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