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.
Ginji is a street fighting man. His greatest pleasure is to pick fights against strangers, and win them. One night,...
Hangyaku no Apsalar is a sequel to Maboroshi no Lorelei, but the gameplay and graphics style are completely different. While...
July is a mystery adventure game that follows the story of two young men, Makoto Tanimura (19-year old) and Joshua...
Kagetsu Tohya is a sequel to Tsukihime, featuring the same main character, a high-school student named Shiki Tohno. The game's...
Kaitohranma is a warrior simulation game taking place in Japan during the Kyōhō era. The shogunate was going through a...
Kaitou Tenshi is a visual novel fantasy game with battles that are done using active slot system. Haruka (Red Angel)...
PlayStation 2 (2002)
Kamaitachi no Yoru 2 is the second in the series of Kamaitachi no Yoru murder mystery adventures. As with other...
A plot-disconnected sequel to Himegari Dungeon Meister. Another eroge with tactical gameplay, this time there's a heavier focus on item...
The year is 2197. In order to be able to compete with the leading powers of the world, Japan was...
PlayStation 2 (2003)
A nameless young salaryman, bored with his ho-hum life, has started having strange dreams and visions. He hears calls for...
PlayStation 2 (2008)
Kanokon SE is a romantic comedy adventure game based on the Kanokon TV anime but with an original story and...
A young man gets off the train, leaves the station and looks at the snow-covered town. This town is his...
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