The Best Visual-novel Games for Playstation 4

Update : Apollo Justice Ace Attorney Trilogy added at rank #5.
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Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly (2023)

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Xbox Series X/s PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Mac OS Nintendo Switch

Step into the shoes of a barista in Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly. Brew warm drinks, serve quirky fantasy characters, and explore their stories in a chill coffee shop ambiance. Create latte-art masterpieces, influence hearts, and immerse yourself in the alternate present-day Seattle. A must-play for those seeking a warm, relaxing gaming experience with thoughtful conversations and lo-fi beats.


What we like:
  • Engaging story
  • Relaxing gameplay
  • Beautiful pixel art
  • Excellent character development
  • Soothing soundtrack
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive dialogue
  • Tedious skip function

  • visual-novel
  • relaxing
  • narrative
  • pixel
  • fantasy
  • lgbtq
  • fiction
  • vampire
  • interactive
  • simulation
  • story
  • emotional
  • choices
  • alternate
  • drama

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Gnosia (2019)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Playstation 4 vita PC Windows

In the gripping game GNOSIA, you're aboard a drifting spaceship, facing a lethal threat. Engage in discussions with unique characters, use information to vote out suspects, and uncover mysteries to survive. Experience a rich, complex story with well-designed characters and an addictive gameplay loop. Can you outwit the enemy and make it to the end?


What we like:
  • Fun and addictive gameplay
  • Rich and engaging storyline
  • Unique and well-designed characters
  • Distinct character personalities and stats
  • Clever and humorous writing
What could be improved:
  • Limited replayability
  • Understanding the discussion system can be challenging initially

  • visual-novel
  • deduction
  • social
  • sci-fi
  • rpg
  • psychological
  • narrative
  • lgbtq

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A YEAR OF SPRINGS (2021)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Android

Experience the stories of Haru, Erika, and Manami, a trio of friends navigating their feelings of love, connection, and just wanting to belong.


  • visual-novel
  • romance
  • multiple-endings
  • choices
  • lgbtq
  • relaxing
  • cute
  • emotional
  • fiction

4

We Are OFK (2022)

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Nintendo Switch Mac OS Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows

Join the indiepop sensation OFK in a dreamy musical journey. Experience their heartwarming story, argue over lyrics, and immerse yourself in interactive music videos. With a star-studded cast and original music, We Are OFK is a visually stunning, emotionally charged ride that will have you laughing, crying, and cheering.


What we like:
  • Engaging and relatable story
  • Captivating original music
  • Beautiful unique art style
  • Professional voice acting
  • Simple gameplay mechanics
What could be improved:
  • Limited impact of player choices
  • Lack of meaningful gameplay
  • Occasional pacing issues

  • interactive
  • visual-novel
  • narrative
  • choices
  • drama
  • lgbtq
  • cinematic
  • emotional
  • romance
  • fiction
  • story
  • colourful
  • anime
  • funny
  • conversation

5

Apollo Justice Ace Attorney Trilogy (2024)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows

Join rookie attorney Apollo Justice and his mentor, the legendary Phoenix Wright, in this collection of 3 games! This title features 16 episodes (including previously DLC-only episodes) and supports English, French, German, Japanese Korean, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese.


  • anime
  • visual-novel
  • compilation
  • orchestral
  • crime
  • text
  • drama
  • detective
  • mystery
  • investigation
  • adventure
  • kai
  • visual-novel-adjacent
  • dramedy
  • platform

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The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (2021)

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Nintendo 3DS Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is a prequel to the popular Ace Attorney series that takes players through case after case packed with wonderful characters, stories and clever brain teasers. Engage in multi-pronged conversations with numerous different characters and explore lavishly detailed environments for clues. Solve puzzles as you take on the role of a lawyer trying to prove your client's innocence in court.


What we like:
  • Richly detailed art direction
  • Period-accurate references
  • Entertaining writing
  • Clever animations and character designs
  • Multiple witnesses take the stand simultaneously
  • Extra content such as DLC costumes and developer commentary
What could be improved:
  • Clues can be hard to connect during trials

  • visual-novel
  • crime
  • detective
  • drama
  • historical
  • mystery
  • narrative
  • adventure
  • western
  • crossover

7

AnonymousCode (2023)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Hack Into God


  • visual-novel
  • sci-fi

8

Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II (2022)

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j Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 PC Windows Playstation 5

Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II is a suspense-horror game set at a prestigious academy. When rumors circulate about supernatural occurrences at the famed Konoehara Academy in Tokyo’s H City, it’s up to the head of the Kujou family, also known as the “Spirit Doctor,” to take on the case.


  • visual-novel
  • horror
  • choices
  • adventure
  • suspense-horror
  • gore
  • scroller

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Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical (2023)

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Playstation 5 Xbox One Xbox Series X PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox Series X/s

Gods. Romance. Murder. Musical Numbers?! Play as Grace in a world where Greek Gods live in hiding among us. Change your fate as you draw friends, foes & lovers into song using your powers of musical persuasion to unravel the mystery of the Last Muse's death.


  • mythology
  • roleplaying
  • narrative
  • visual-novel
  • choices
  • romance
  • mystery
  • interactive
  • story
  • rpg
  • adventure
  • fantasy
  • self-discovery
  • graphic
  • novel

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Witch on the Holy Night (2022)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 4

A tale told with vivid colors and rich sound in a classic TYPE-MOON visual novel.


  • visual-novel
  • anime

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