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.
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 4 (2018)
神明的一天世界(God's One Day World) is visual novel with several puzzles. The main character is a memoryless man who has been...
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...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 91 Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
- 89 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- 88 Zero Escape: Volume 2 - Virtue's Last Reward
- 87 Zero Escape: Volume 2 - Virtue's Last Reward
- 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
- 81 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
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