The Best Visual-novel Games

Update : looK INside added at rank #1.
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looK INside (2024)

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PC Windows

Investigate the mysterious death of an unidentified young woman, in this shocking psychological thriller kinetic novel.

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  • point-and-click
  • visual-novel
  • thriller
  • horror
  • noir
  • psychological
  • relaxing
  • detective
  • dark
  • mystery
  • casual
  • investigation
  • narration
  • 2d
  • hand-drawn

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Ethereal Enigma (2023)

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early access PC Windows IOS iPhone Android

¿Are you ready to take ghostbusting into your own hands? Find the elements to complete the ritual, and escape the room.


  • japanese
  • choices
  • romance
  • visual-novel
  • dating-sim
  • rpg
  • vr
  • jrpg
  • mystery
  • multiple-endings
  • romantic
  • dark
  • story
  • relaxing
  • horror

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Echoes (2023)

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wii PC Windows Mac OS gamecube

Fears are not always just rustles in the dark. And death is not always a bad ending.


  • rogue-like
  • traditional
  • visual-novel
  • 2d
  • fiction
  • psychedelic
  • interactive
  • bullet-hell
  • rpg
  • space
  • hand-drawn
  • casual
  • dungeon
  • atmospheric

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Slay the Princess (2023)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux

You're here to slay the princess. Don't believe her lies.


  • psychological
  • dating-sim
  • horror
  • choices
  • visual-novel
  • dark
  • multiple-endings
  • lovecraftian
  • philosophical
  • humor
  • fiction
  • supernatural
  • story

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AnonymousCode (2023)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Hack Into God

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  • visual-novel
  • sci-fi

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NUKITASHI (2023)

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PC Windows

Seiran Island. Even here in paradise, there are those who work in the shadows to bring it down... Confront the tyranny of a twisted system in this long-awaited visual novel adventure.

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  • visual-novel
  • humor
  • comedy
  • choices
  • emotional
  • romance
  • dark
  • anime
  • multiple-endings
  • blood-boiling
  • mystery
  • cute
  • conversation
  • story
  • survival

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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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The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog (2023)

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Mac OS PC Windows

Sonic the Hedgehog...was murdered!? Get to the bottom of the mystery in this brand-new adventure!


  • visual-novel
  • hand-drawn
  • point-and-click
  • mystery
  • text
  • flow
  • colourmag-header-classic
  • casual
  • sonic
  • isometric
  • psychological

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PARANORMASIGHT: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo (2023)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone

Dive into the dark secrets of Tokyo's Sumida Ward in 'Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo'. This horror-adventure visual novel game will have you solving urban legends, exploring multiple story paths, and experiencing a brilliantly translated script. Can you solve the mysteries and bring someone back from the dead? It's a must-play for fans of the supernatural and the occult.

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What we like:
  • Intriguing and immersive story
  • Dynamic character designs
  • Unique gameplay mechanics
  • Brilliantly translated script
  • Dark humor sprinkled throughout
What could be improved:
  • Can be a bit scary
  • Story is shorter than expected
  • Requires a lot of reading outside of dialogue

  • visual-novel
  • horror
  • mystery
  • supernatural
  • narrative

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Aokana: Four Rhythms Across the Blue - EXTRA2P (2022)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 l

Aokana - EXTRA2 is the official Misaki after story for Aokana.

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  • visual-novel
  • sport
  • romance
  • anime
  • .colourmag-header-classic
  • emotional
  • romantic
  • colourmag-header-classic
  • sci-fi

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