What are the best visual novel games?

You think visual novels are boring? Well, think again and fast, because these visual novel games are about to make you change your mind. Whether you're into romantic stories, thriller adventures, dramatic storylines, or endearing characters, you'll surely get addicted to the games in this list!

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    #1Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is a visual novel adventure game developed by Capcom. This collection has all three games in the series. It was released in April 2014.

    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $29.99

    George Arnold
    Written on December 8, 2017
    "I love visual novel games and a real good one I started playing is Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy which is a visual novel adventure game compilation for Nintendo 3DS and developed by Capcom. This collection contains the three first game of the series: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. It is loads of fun and will keep you occupied for days with its content."
  2. 9

    #2Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

    Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

    Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a murder-mystery visual novel video game developed and published by Spike. It follows the adventures of Makoto Naegi, who must survive after being trapped in a game.

    Games

    PlayStation Vita, Windows

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    Judy Cox
    Written on October 21, 2017
    "Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a great game if you are a fan of anime. The story is compelling. The art is creative and well drawn. It is a bilingual game so you can immerse yourself in Japanese if you would like. "
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    #3999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

    999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

    999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors is a visual room escape game for Nintendo 3DS and developed by Chunsoft. 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors...how will you survive? You must use everything in your environment and personal experience to escape and win the game.

    Games

    Nintendo DS

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    Douglas Crawford
    Written on October 27, 2017
    "This game seems great and it is well reviewed. Not mentioned is the fact that it's also available for PS4, PS Vita, Windows, and iOS. Not Android, though. With it available on as many platforms as it is, it's a very good suggestion."
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    #4Clannad Side Stories

    Clannad Side Stories

    Clannad is a Japanese visual novel from Key. It follows a branching plot line with pre-determined scenarios that focus on the female romantic interests of the male protagonist.

    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Brenda Carroll
    Written on December 14, 2017
    "If you are like me a love Japanese graphic novels then this is the game for you. With state of the art graphics and an easy to follow story you will soon be drawn into it like me."
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    #5Katawa Shoujo

    Katawa Shoujo

    Katawa Shoujo is a bishoujo-style adventure game developed by Four Lef Studios. This visual novel tells the story of a young man and five young women living with varying disabilities.

    Games

    Web, Windows

    Free

    Crystal Parker
    Written on October 30, 2017
    "This is a good solution to the topic. It is a visual novel game that does have a decent rating. It may not be the best but it is definitely a good option based off of the topic. "
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    #6Corpse Party

    Corpse Party

    Corpse Party is an indie horror, adventure, and role-playing visual novel game. It follows the story of a curse within a school that takes place during the welcoming of a new student.

    Games

    Windows, Linux

    $14.99

    Willie Gutierrez
    Written on October 22, 2017
    "Not a game where you should expect a lot of action but it does have a compelling story line and is very interesting to follow through. Don't expect a ton of scares either but to be brought into a neat story"
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    #7What Remains of Edith Finch

    What Remains of Edith Finch

    What Remains of Edith Finch is an Indie adventure game developed by Giant Sparrow. In the role of Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she's the last one in her family left alive.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Xbox One , Windows

    $19.99

    Patricia Nguyen
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This game isn't so much of a game, it's more of a story or an experience. But the story is pretty decent for a few days of entertainment."
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    #8Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

    Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

    Developed by Spike Churnsoft, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games is a bundle consisting of remastered versions of Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4

    $29.99

    Katherine Schmidt
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "999 is one of my favorite games so this is a no brainer must-have on my list of best visual novel games"
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    #9Fate/stay night

    Fate/stay night

    Fate/stay night is a Japanese eroge visual novel from TYPE-MOON. Its story is set in the same year it was released - 2004. It takes place in Fuyuki City, which becomes the backdrop of a secret and violent war among competing magus. 

    Games

    PS Vita

    $42.99

    Michael Fields
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "I love the psyche of the entire game... This is very immersive for me which is why it's the best visual novel game in my book"
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    #10VA-11 HALL-A

    VA-11 HALL-A

    VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is an indie bartender simulation video game that contains visual novel elements. In this game, the player takes on the role of a bartender in a small bar with the titular name of VA-11 HALL-A.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PS Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

    $14.99

    David Dunn
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "Indie games always take the cake for me. This one is so unique and I love the angle of it all!"
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    #11Umineko When They Cry

    Umineko When They Cry

    Umineko When They Cry, also known as Umineko no Naku Koro ni, is a Japanese murder mystery game based on the novel series with the same name, which was also adapted into a 26-episode anime. 

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 3, Mac

    $75.97

    Justin Morris
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "I first saw the anime for this and i was super stoked when I found out there's a game for it. WOW! It is such a different experience playing and watching this"
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    #12Clannad

    Clannad

    From the creators of adult games Kanon and Air, Key brought yet another visual novel in 2004, which revolves around the genres of romance and drama. Suitable across all ages, the game follows the life of Tomoya Okazaki and his friends.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

    $49.99

    Ken Gong
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "BROOOOO I cried so hard on the anime and I cried so hard here too "
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    #13Ladykiller in a Bind

    Ladykiller in a Bind

    Ladykiller in a Bind is an erotic romantic comedy visual novel by Christine Love. It touches on the themes of social manipulation, crossdressing, and BDSM. The game follows the adventures of an 18-year-old woman in a school cruise.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $20

    Sean Howell
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "This is one of the greatest erotic visual novel games that has hit the genre on its head. HANDS DOWN."
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    #14Steins;Gate 0

    Steins;Gate 0

    Developed by 5pb, Steins;Gate 0 is a visual novel video game from the Science Adventure series. It is the sequel to the Steins; Gate released in 2009. Its story revolves several characters, including Rintaro Okabe becomes a tester for Amadeus.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita

    $34.99- Varies by plan

    Xiang Gong
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "It's one of the first few games that really got me into playing games! This is such a remarkable game, it has since then inspired me to be explore visual novel makers to build my own concepts and such."

Summary

Best What are the best visual novel games
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney TrilogyGames 13 Paid
2Danganronpa: Trigger Happy HavocGames 9 Paid
3999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors Games 9 Paid
4Clannad Side StoriesGames 6 Paid
5Katawa ShoujoGames 2 Free
6Corpse PartyGames 2 Paid
7What Remains of Edith FinchGames 0 Paid
8Zero Escape: The Nonary GamesGames 0 Paid
9Fate/stay nightGames 0 Paid
10VA-11 HALL-AGames 0 Paid
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