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 (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...
PS Vita (2014)
Hanayamata: Yosakoi Live! is a school-themed comedy visual novel adventure game with a rhythm based elements. The game is based...
PlayStation 2 (2006)
Haru no Ashioto for PlayStation 2 is a port from the Windows game with the same name, with removed adult...
It's March, and Yuu Nakagaki (中垣 祐) just graduated from junior high-school and is heading to a remote countryside to...
PlayStation 2 (2005)
Hatsukoi: First Kiss is the PlayStation 2 port of the Windows hentai visual novel Hatsukoi, with removed adult content and...
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
- 82 To the Moon
- 81 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
- 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