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 (2005)
Hatsukoi: First Kiss is the PlayStation 2 port of the Windows hentai visual novel Hatsukoi, with removed adult content and...
Yusuke Sawada is the type of guy who always sees the glass as half empty and cries a lot. Against...
Heileen, an English girl aged 16, is visiting a small Bavarian village together with her uncle Otto, an influential merchant...
The protagonist of the game is a college student named Shunsuke. His mother died when he was five years old....
PS Vita (2015)
Himawari: Pebble in the Sky release for PlayStation Vita is a direct port of the PSP title Himawari: Pebble in...
The story takes place in year 2050 and centers on Youichi Hinata, a high-school student who lost his parents in...
TurboGrafx CD (1993)
A high-school student named Kōsuke had a dream, in which he saw a beautiful woman talking to him. The next...
The game revolves around a promise you made with a girl as a young boy, to meet each other when...
PlayStation 2 (2007)
Suzu Takachiho is the daughter of the Tamayorihime, a princess with the sole purpose of sealing away a dangerous artifact...
DVD Player (2007)
Hohoemi wo Mouichido (微笑みをもういちど) also known as Smile Again is an adult romance adventure which originated on PC (Windows) and...
PlayStation 2 (2006)
Hokenshitsu e Yōkoso is a non-adult PlayStation 2 port of an adult visual novel romance adventure game Hokenshitsu e Yōkoso:...
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
- 85 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- 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