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A visual novel (ビジュアルノベル bijuaru noberu) is an interactive fiction game, featuring mostly static graphics, most often using anime-style art or occasionally live-action stills (and sometimes video footage). As the name might suggest, they resemble mixed-media novels.

The games can be just a simple "choose your own adventure", or they can have more gameplay with it. Usually, when they do, it's an RPG mix. They usually contain nudity and sex scenes. It is a shame that the western audience is mostly fine with shooting an innocent person in the face but isn't OK with consensual sex in video games. But who cares about that when you can play these by yourself and no one has to know about it.

Visual novels can be found usually on PC, but there are console ports (these are usually strip from their erotic scenes) and even console exclusives. Not every visual novel has sex and nudity in them, and most of them take tens of hours to read/play. Even the ones with adult content in them often have routes in which the player can actually avoid seeing anything naughty. Certain games like Cartagra actually give better endings for not being a pervert!

Japan has a crap load of visual novels. Westerners have also made their own games. This is a list that doesn't make an effort to tell them apart. All recommended visual novels from all platforms are welcome. If there isn't an English translation to said game, it shall be noted.

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"English" means there is an Official English port of this game for sale out there. If you enjoy these games, support the creators by buying a real copy! Many of these games have patches out there if there is no English port, so look around and see what you can find to spruce up your nice legal copy of the game.

"Adult" means that at least one path has adult content in it (nudity, sex, ect). Again, the adult content is usually avoidable if the player so chooses, but the option is there!

Cover/Screenshot Title Genre Adult? Creator English? Length
Kindness Coins Kindness Coins Relationships, School No Arden Yes 5-10 minutes
VA-11 HALL-A logo Va-11 Hall-A Slice of Life, Science Fiction, Relationships No Ysbryd Games Yes 5-10 hours. Has EX mode.
Hatoful Boyfriend Hatoful Boyfriend School, Science Fiction, Horror No PigeoNation Inc. Yes 1 hour per round. 10-20 hours to complete.
11eyes 11eyes ~Tsumi to batsu to aganai no shoujo~ Supernatural, Fighting Yes Lass No 20-30 hours
3days 3days ~Michite yuku kiza no kanata de~ Horror, Fighting, Guro, Time Loop Yes Lass no 20-30 hours
A Profile A Profile Psychological Yes Akabei Soft Yes 5-10 hours
Air Air Supernatural Yes key Yes 15-20 hours
Amatsukaze Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~ Ninja, Gameplay, Fantasy, Fighting, Eroero Yes Ninetail no 30-50 hours
Ashita deatta shoujo Ashita Deatta Shoujo Time, Depressing Yes Moon Stone no 15-20 hours
Ashita no kimi to Ashita no Kimi to Autame ni Magic Realist Yes Purple Software no 20-30 hours
Aster Aster Death, Depressing Yes MRusk no 15-20 hours
Ayakashi Ayakashi Supernatural Yes Crossnet no 15-20 hours
Ayakashibito Ayakashibito Supernatural, Fighting Yes Propeller Yes 30-50 hours
Baldr Force Baldr Force Cyberpunk, Gameplay, Mecha, Fighting Yes Giga no 20-30 hours
Baldr sky d1 Baldr Sky Dive1: Lost Memory Cyberpunk, Gameplay, Mecha, Fighting Yes Giga no 20-30 hours
Bengarachou Bengarachou Hakubutsushi Supernatural Yes Railsoft no 15-20 hours
Cartagra Cartagra ~Tsuki kurui no yamai~ Mystery, Guro, Occult Yes Innocent Grey no 10-15 hours
Clannad Clannad Family, Healing Yes (Steam only) Key yes 30-50 hours
Clover Hearts Clover Heart's Society Yes Alcot no 15-20 hours
Cross Channel Cross Channel Time Loop Yes Flyingshine Yes 15-20 hours
Dear my friend Dear My Friend Pure Love Yes Light no 20-30 hours
Dies Irae Dies Irae: Also Sprach Zarathustra -die Wiederkunft- Supernatural, Fighting Yes Light no 20-30 hours
Doko e iku no Doko he iku no, ano hi Time, Depressing No Moon Stone no 15-20 hours
Ef ef -the latter tale- Relationships Yes Minori Yes 10-15 hours
Eien no aselia Eien no Aselia: The Spirit of Eternity Sword Fantasy Yes Xuse no 50-100 hours
Ever17 Ever17: The Out of Infinity Sci-Fi No Kid Yes 15-20 hours
Extravaganza Extravaganza ~Mushi mederu shoujo Horror Yes Black CYC no 30-50 hours.
Fate stay night Fate/Stay Night Fantasy, Fighting Yes Type-Moon Yes 30-50 hours
Flutter of birds Flutter of Birds ~Toritachi no habataki Death, Depressing Yes Silkys no 15-20 hours
Forest Forest Magic Realist Yes Liar Soft Yes 15-20 hours
France shoujo France Shoujo ~une fille blanche~ Psychological, Depressing Yes Pil no 50-100 hours
G-senjou G-Senjou no Maou Thriller Yes Akabei Soft2 Yes 20-30 hours
Gin iro Gin'iro Supernatural Yes Nekonekosoft Yes 20-30 hours
Gore screaming Gore Screaming Show Horror, Guro, Tentacles Yes Black CYC no 15-20 hours
Gun katana Gun-Katana -non human killer- Horror Yes Black CYC no 15-20 hours
Gunjo no sora Gunjou no Sora wo Koete Military Yes Light no 20-30 hours
Haru no ashioto Haru no Ashioto Pure Love Yes Minori no 15-20 hours
Haruka ni aogi Haruka ni Aogi, Uruwashino Pure Love Yes Pulltop no 30-50 hours
Hello world Hello, World. Sci-Fi Yes Nitroplus no 30-50 hours
Higurashi Higurashi no Naku koro Ni Mystery Yes 07th Expansion Yes 5-10 hours per chapter
Himawari Himawari Sci-Fi Yes Blank-Note no 15-20 hours
Hoshizora Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a shooting star- Pure Love Yes Favorite Yes 20-30 hours
Ikusa megami Ikusa Megami ZERO Fantasy Yes Eushully no 30-50 hours
Kagerou Kagerou Touryuuki Supernatural Yes Railsoft no 15-20 hours
Kana imouto Kana: Imouto Death Yes D.O, yes 5-10 hours
Kanon Kanon Supernatural Yes Key yes 15-20 hours
Katahane Katahane Adventure Yes Tarte Yes 15-20 hours
Kazoku Kazoku Keikaku Family Yes D.O Yes 15-20 hours
Kikaijikake Kikaijikake no Eve ~Dea ex machina~ Sci-Fi, Gameplay, Eroero Yes Ninetail no 30-50 hours
Killer queen Killer Queen Thriller Yes Flat Yes 10-15 hours
Kimi ga Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Relationships, Depressing Yes Age no 30-50 hours
Kira kira Kira Kira Relationships Yes Overdrive Yes 15-20 hours
Kizuato Kizuato Supernatural Yes Leaf no 5-10 hours
Konata Konata Yori Kanata Made Death, Healing Yes FáC (?) no 10-15 hours
Kono aozora Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku wo Pure Love Yes Giga no 20-30 hours
Kono yo no Kono yo no Hate de koi o Utau Shoujo YU-NO Time Yes Elf Yes 40-60 hours
Kusari Kusari Thriller Yes Leaf no 15-20 hours
Kusarihime Kusari-hime ~euthanasia~ Supernatural Yes Liar Soft no 15-20 hours
Little busters Little Busters! Ecstasy Relationships, Healing yes Key no 30-50 hours
Maji de Maji de watashi ni koi shinasai! aka MajiKoi Comedy, Fighting yes Minatosoft yes 30-50 hours
Mindead MinDead Blood ~Shihaisha no tame no kyoushikyoku Vampire yes Black CYC no 30-50 hours
Moshimo Moshimo Ashita ga Hare Naraba aka MoshiRaba Death yes Palette no 20-30 hours
Mugen kairou Mugen Kairou Pet Life, Time Loop, Depressing yes Black CYC no 20-30 hours
Mugen kairou 2 Mugen Kairou 2 ~Rasen~ Pet Life, Time Loop, Depressing yes Black CYC no 20-30 hours
Muv luv Muv-Luv Apocalyptic, Fighting yes Age Yes 20-30 hours
Muv luv alt Muv-Luv Alternative Apocalyptic, Depressing, Fighting yes Age Yes 20-30 hours
Natsu no Natsu no Tomoshibi Supernatural yes Circle Mebius no 10-15 hours
Natsuyume nagisa Natsuyume Nagisa Magic Realist yes Saga Planets no 20-30 hours
One ONE ~Kagayaku kisetsu e Magic Realist yes Tactics Yes 10-15 hours
Parfait Parfait ~Chocolat second brew~ Pure Love yes Giga no 15-20 hours
Phantom Phantom: Phantom of Inferno Thriller, Fighting yes Nitroplus yes 10-15 hours
Prima stella Prima Stella Pure Love, Eroero yes Atelier Kaguya no 20-30 hours
Remember11 Sci-Fi, Mystery No KID Yes 15-20 hours
Rui wa Rui wa Tomo wo Yobu Horror yes Akatsuki Work no 20-30 hours
Saihate no ima Saihate no Ima Psychological yes Xuse no 20-30 hours
Sakura Sakura Musubi Relationships yes Cuffs no 15-20 hours
Sanarara Sa na ra ra aka Sanarara Supernatural yes Nekonekosoft no 10-15 hours
Saya no uta Saya no Uta Horror, Depressing, Fighting yes Nitroplus Yes 5 hours
Sayonara wo Sayonara wo Oshiete ~comment te dire adieu~ Psychological yes Craftwork no 15-20 hours
Scarlett Scarlett Thriller yes Nekonekosoft no 20-30 hours
Sekai de ichiban Sekai de Ichiban NG(Dame) na Koi Comedy yes Hermit no 15-20 hours
Sekai no subete Sekai no Subete -Remind of you- Psychological, Depressing yes Tamasoft no 15-20 hours
Sekien no Sekien no Inganock -What a beautiful people- Society yes Liar Soft Yes 15-20 hours
Sengoku rance cover Sengoku Rance War, Hyper Weapons yes Alicesoft, has nudity and gameplay yes 50-100 hours
Sense off Sense Off ~A sacred story in the wind~ Sci-Fi yes Otherwise no 15-20 hours
Serina Serina Supernatural, Eroero yes Atelier Kaguya no 15-20 hours
Sharin no Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo Society yes Akabei Soft2 Yes 20-30 hours
Shikkoku Shikkoku no Sharnoth -What a beautiful tomorrow- Supernatural yes Liar Soft Yes 15-20 hours
Shinigami no kiss Shinigami no Kiss wa Wakare no Aji Death, Healing yes Alcot Citrus Yes 10-15 hours
Soshite Shoshite Ashita no Sekai yori Apocalyptic yes Etude no 20-30 hours
Startrain StarTRain Psychological yes Mixed Up no 20-30 hours
Suigetsu Suigetsu Supernatural yes FáC(?) no 20-30 hours
Swan song Swan Song Apocalyptic, Depressing yes Le Chocolat Yes 15-20 hours
Symphonic rain Symphonic Rain Pure Love yes Kogado Software Yes 15-20 hours
Tapestry Tapestry Death, Healing yes Light no 15-20 hours
Tenshi no inai Tenshi no Inai 12-gatsu Relationships, Depressing yes Leaf no 10-15 hours
Tsukihime Tsukihime Supernatural yes Type-Moon yes 30-50 hours
Tsuyokiss Tsuyokiss Comedy yes Candysoft no 20-30 hours
Umineko Umineko no Naku Koro ni Mystery no 07th Expansion yes 5-10 hours per chapter
Utawarerumono Utawarerumono Fantasy yes Leaf yes 15-20 hours
Yoake Yoake Mae Yori Ruriiro na Pure Love yes August no 15-20 hours
Yosuga Yosuga no Sora ~In solitude, where we are least alone~ Relationships yes Sphere no 15-20 hours
Yukiuta Yukiuta Magic Realist, Depressing yes Survive no 15-20 hours
Yumemishi Yumemi Shi Time, Depressing yes Hdoc no 20-30 hours.
Doki Doki Literature Club Doki Doki Literature Club School, Psychological Horror Yes Team Salvato Yes 2-4 hours

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