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.
A series of gruesome murders shocks Japan. Young women are kidnapped, tortured, and killed under mysterious circumstances...The protagonist wakes up...
Nintendo 3DS (2015)
Akehime no Shou (朱姫の章) is the last chapter in the four-volume Phase D sci-fi visual novel series. There are four...
Phase D: Kurosei no Shō is the third chapter in the four-volume Phase D sci-fi visual novel series. There are...
Second chapter in the four-volume Phase D sci-fi visual novel series. There are four phases of human existence. From conception...
There are four phases of human existence. From conception to birth is called Phase A. From birth to death is...
Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! 2 originated on PC in 1997 as a adult visual novel simulation game. The following year...
PlayStation 2 (2004)
Pizzicato Polka: Ensa Genya for PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast is port of an adult PC (Windows) visual novel called Pizzicato...
Pregnancy is a short visual novel about the 14-year-old girl Lilla Sándor who lives in Keszthely, Hungary. She was raped...
Nintendo DS (2008)
An alternative reality dating sim in which the princess of another world switches places with a girl from our times....
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