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...
PlayStation 2 (2008)
H2O+ is a port of a romantic adult visual novel known as H2O: Footprints in the Sand. The PS2 console...
Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom is a visual novel that follows the story of a young woman by the...
Nintendo 3DS (2013)
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...
SEGA Saturn (1996)
An idol group known as Otomegumi (乙女組) is staying at the western-style boarding house in a spa resort in Izu...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 88 Zero Escape: Volume 2 - Virtue's Last Reward
- 88 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- 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 Doki Doki Literature Club!
- 85 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- 82 To the Moon
- 81 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
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