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.
PS Vita (2015)
The third game in the Fuuraiki (風雨来記) visual novel series returns back to its roots and takes place on Hokkaido...
The story revolves around Shunhei Yahagi (矢萩 俊平), a 19-year old high-school graduate who failed to enter the college of...
Furimukeba Tonari ni is a port of a PC adult visual novel called Shin Ruriiro no Yuki: Furimukeba Tonari ni....
PS Vita (2015)
The Tower of Desire is a top-down fantasy dungeon crawler role-playing game which continues on the Fushigi no Gensōkyō game...
PlayStation 2 (2005)
Futakoi Alternative (aka Twin Love Alternative) is a spin off of a TV anime with the same name. As the...
PlayStation 2 (2006)
Gakuen Heaven: Boy's Love Scramble is a visual novel in which a male player character pursues relationships with other men,...
The protagonist of the game is a teacher in St. Marianna Girls High School, which his sister also attends. One...
PlayStation 2 (2007)
Originally a console visual novel, and as such non-adult by default, this game focuses on a slice-of-life story of Manami...
Gallery Fake is a mystery adventure based on the manga from 1992 with the same name. The title also spanned...
FM Towns (1992)
This compilation contains: Himitsu no Hanazono Kimi Dake ni Ai o... Dragon Eyes There's also a bonus section featuring a...
FM Towns (1993)
This compilation contains: Tesera Kimi wa Kegareta Tenshi ka Seinaru Majo ka!? Hatsukoi Monogatari There's also a bonus section featuring...
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- 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
- 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