The Best Visual-novel Games for Xbox Series X

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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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Arcadia Fallen (2021)

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Linux Mac OS Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Enter a world filled with magic and alchemy in Arcadia Fallen, a visual novel game that puts you in control of an alchemist shop assistant. The engaging storyline is full of quests and mystical encounters, with a cast of likable and well-developed characters who will keep you hooked. The gameplay is simple yet entertaining, with alchemy puzzles and combat mechanics that keep you engaged. With charming hand-drawn visuals and catchy soundtrack, Arcadia Fallen is a unique and immersive experience that you won't want to miss.


What we like:
  • Engaging storyline with well-developed characters
  • Simple but entertaining gameplay mechanics
  • Charming hand-drawn visuals with a catchy soundtrack
  • Replayability value due to branching narrative
  • Wonderful underlying messages that convey societal relevance
What could be improved:
  • Gameplay mechanics may be too simple for some
  • The pacing of the story is rushed
  • The writing is basic
  • The visuals are outdated
  • Heavy narrative-based game may not appeal to all players

  • visual-novel
  • romance
  • otome
  • choices
  • dating-sim
  • immersive
  • comic
  • character
  • fantasy
  • story
  • lgbtq
  • anime
  • customization
  • demons
  • text

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A YEAR OF SPRINGS (2021)

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

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

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Harmony: The Fall of Reverie (2023)

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

The fate of humanity is at stake. Use your gift of clairvoyance to see into the future and stop an apocalypse that threatens the balance between your world and the deities'.


  • visual-novel
  • choices
  • narrative
  • soundtrack
  • story
  • multiple-endings

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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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Mediterranea Inferno (2023)

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

Explore the inner demons of three childhood friends on a summer retreat. Unearth secrets, fears and obsessions as you help them reconnect and rediscover themselves. A mature and treacherous visual novel from the creator of Milky Way Prince – The Vampire Star.


  • choices
  • visual-novel
  • lgbtq
  • comic
  • surreal
  • romance
  • horror
  • book
  • multiple-endings
  • psychedelic
  • thriller
  • hand-drawn
  • anime
  • story
  • drama

8

Beacon Pines (2022)

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Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One

Dive into the mysteries of Beacon Pines, a charming yet eerie adventure where you control the fate of the story. As Luka, you'll uncover hidden truths, meet memorable characters, and explore stunning hand-drawn landscapes. With multiple endings to discover, you'll be captivated by this immersive tale filled with surprising twists.


What we like:
  • Intriguing and creative story
  • Well-developed, memorable characters
  • Multiple endings based on your choices
  • Stunning hand-drawn art
  • Engaging gameplay mechanics
What could be improved:
  • The large number of characters can be overwhelming

  • choices
  • narrative
  • visual-novel
  • mystery
  • cute
  • cozy
  • adventure
  • narration
  • exploration
  • story
  • emotional
  • colourful
  • interactive
  • horror
  • conspiracy

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Mothmen 1966 (2022)

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

Mothmen 1966 is the first in a new series of interactive adventures: Pixel Pulps. Created by novelist Nico Saraintaris and artist Fernando Martinez Ruppel, Pixel Pulps are a fusion of exceptional writing and stunning illustration, inspired by mid-20th century pulp fiction and 80s home computer graphics. The first volume comprises three games: Mothmen 1966, Varney Lake, and Bahnsen Knights.


  • visual-novel
  • fiction
  • horror
  • choices
  • interactive
  • pixel
  • puzzle
  • mystery
  • conspiracy
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • story

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Heart of the Woods (2019)

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

A fantasy yuri visual novel filled with magic, fairies, and a ghost girl. When Maddie and her best friend, Tara, journey to a remote forest village to investigate rumors of the supernatural, they find a whole lot more than they bargained for.


  • visual-novel
  • fantasy
  • lgbtq
  • romance
  • yuri
  • dark
  • choices
  • fiction
  • anime
  • mature
  • interactive
  • supernatural
  • story
  • cute
  • mystery

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