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.
Windows 3.x (1993)
Striker: Occulta Lapis is an adventure game presented in the style of an interactive "talkie" comic book. It is set...
Subete ga F ni Naru is a visual novel adventure game based on a mystery novel written by Hiroshi Mori....
Suigetsu 2 Portable is a romance visual novel that retains setting and folklore elements from its predecessor, but features new...
PlayStation 2 (2007)
This visual novel is made as a set of four love stories, featuring different characters, which take place in a...
PlayStation 2 (2006)
_summer## (read as Underbar Summer Double Sharp) is a non-adult console port of an adult PC game called _summer. While...
Neo Geo Pocket Color (2001)
Super Real Mahjong Premium Collection is the first handheld installment in the Super Real Mahjong series. As usual, you play...
Suzumiya Haruhi no Heiretsu is the fourth game in the series centering around a high-school girl, Suzumiya Haruhi, based on...
Suzunone Magic Academy is a renowned institution of higher learning, where advanced research into sorcery and science are carried out....
Sweet Lovers' Concerto is a so-called "fan disc" for the erotic visual novel Suzunone Seven!, picking up after the "Suzunone...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 88 Zero Escape: Volume 2 - Virtue's Last Reward
- 87 Zero Escape: Volume 2 - Virtue's Last Reward
- 87 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- 86 999: Nine Hours • Nine Persons • Nine Doors
- 85 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- 85 Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
- 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
- Casino / Gambling
- 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
- Massively Multiplayer
- 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
- Visual Novel
- Word Construction