List of the best visual novels on PC

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Clichés owns visual novels, but there are a lot of this genre rather than only steamy mundane or romance slices of Japanese students’ lives. Over the previous years, many talented developers are making experimental games, shorter novella-like experiences, and clever versions of the anime tropes. Visual novels are finally cool.

Choosing the beginning point is truly intimidated. If you have missed the boat up and aim to catch up, we’ve put together a series of the best visual novels on PC. They are from the traditional Japanese games to the most famous and unique ones.

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Clannad

Developer: Key
Release date: 
23/11/2015
Link: 
Steam page

Only available on PC in the West, Clannad is one of the best visual novels, including a film, an anime, a manga, and also an audio drama. It is about the story of Tomoya Okazaki, a “delinquent” dealing with an existential crisis. He faces to Nagisa Furukawa, another “delinquent”. They work together to rebuild the school drama club, gathering other students along the way.

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Clannad is the best visual novels ever if you prefer the stereotypes of visual novels. They originally introduced it in 2004 and totally shows the merits even if it is quite a similar territory at this point. Where visual novels shine is the interesting characters and its attractive perspective, Clannad does exactly what you expect.

It’s a story about a young man expecting to create his own happiness. Tomoya’s story can be the same as depression, and it does not fall into the trap of manic pixie dream girls, but of finding something in a tragedy life. It may be cliché, but it is because people have imitated Clannad for over a decade.

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The Zero Escape series

Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Release date: 
24/32017
Link:
 Steam page

If you enjoy playing with puzzles, the Zero Escape series will be your best choice. It is also listed to be one of the best visual novels. There are three parts in this game: Nine Persons, Nine Hours, Nine Doors; Zero Time Dilemma; and Virtue’s Last Reward. Two of them were ported to PC in 2017, as a set called The Nonary Games, while Zero Time Dilemma stands alone.

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In each game, nine people fell into an area by a secret figure name Zero with no way out. They also prepared with watches and display a number, and people must escape by working through puzzles in nine doors. It all gets a little bit Saw – when people start dying gradually. For example, there are bombs and acid showers and entering into people’s stomachs.

You do not have to read for the whole time. Point-and-click segments will challenge you to resolve that puzzles in order to escape through each of that 9 doors. Some of these puzzles get extremely difficult when you progress. For instance, there is a challenge that requires you to decipher a strange language structuring with symbols. They never feel like a cop-out, there is rarely anything as easy-to-understand as solving a “Tower of Hanoi” puzzle for the umpteenth time.

Zero Escape is typically horrible compared to our other best visual novels, but the story is fascinating and well-organized. Choices you make will lead to different endings. Then the game brings you a good feeling that no other games can do. The way that you can have the knowledge that characters cannot would carry out brilliantly when you have various lives and endings to consider.

Ladykiller in a Bind

Developer: Love Conquers All Games
Release date:
10/10/2016
Link: 
Steam page

The full title of Ladykiller in a Bind is ‘My Twin Brother Made Me Crossdress as Him and Now I Have to Deal with a Geeky Stalker and a Domme Beauty Who Want Me in a Bind!!’. However, forget that! As a traditional novel from our best visual novels, Ladykiller in a Bind is about socially controlling a bunch of strong teenagers. The setting is what rich kids might call a school trip and the rest of us might call a rare holiday on a cruise. You’re The Beast, a lesbian who has never feel shy from flirting or going to the bedroom. The Beast has been managed by her twin brother, a nasty asshole, to pretend to be him for unknown reasons on this cruise. Particularly when she asks to be sleeping around. But must occur whenever in order not to arouse suspicion.

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Social manipulation is the true name of this game. Choosing the correct words and phrases in the middle of a conversation to ensure that your disguise is the same as your twin brother. Besides, trying to be with every woman on the cruise. This mix of social manipulation and dealing an asshole is brilliantly. If you select to, lead to greater than several steamy scenes with other students.

Ladykiller in a Bind is a kind of unquestionably 18 plus novel, unlike other novels in this series of the best visual novels. Although you can turn sex views off and hide nude scenes, you will have to know those characters much more intimately in what are genuinely well-prepared sex scenes. None of the fluff you saw knocking about your aunt’s bookcase.

Steins;Gate

Developer: 5pb.
Release date: 
8/9/2016
Link: 
Steam page

Steins;Gate is one of the best visual novels. It is a tale of time travel that discovers the complicated web of causes and effects. Rintarō Okabe, a crazy scientist who acts as the protagonist, has invented the time machine where he can send his text messages to the past. With the help of this tool, he and other guys begin working to develop the future results by influencing the past actions.

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Branching and Twisting paths are a staple of the visual novel genre—the Zero Escape game series explores how it acts to have a great effect too. But Steins;Gate’s use of time travel becomes wild. Cause and effect become tangled. The actions of the future affect heavily to the past and pull characters into totally unpredictable situations. All sorts of most things can change in just a very simple case that you just answer your phone.

The story never falls into a confuse situation, fortunately. Steins;Gate makes each ending count, even the ones where you screwed up. Because of that, you see all the characters in different ways, from their best characteristic to their worst characteristic. After that, they will feel flesh out in a way that cannot be possible.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Release date:
18/2/2016
Link: 
Steam page

It is quite true to say that Danganronpa is at least partially responsible for the popularity of visual novels outside of Japan. Therefore, it should be there when someone asks about the best visual novels of all time. It may be the same as the Zero Escape game, which combines visual novel factors with solving puzzles as a team of students. Then realize that Japan’s most prestigious private school is actually a murderous battle of the intelligence.

In order to escape, a student must kill another indirectly and then try to survive a courtroom trial built by their peers. Once other student starts murdering each other. As the protagonist named Makoto Naegi, it is your mission to collect clues and find out the culprit.

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The court cases are not only a set of dialogue selections but literal shootouts. Equipped with truth bullets, each represents a bit of evidence you have already found, you can back up or refute announcements from other students. If you see the murder’s weapon. For instance, you can refuse against a student who says there is no weapon by releasing the text as it crosses the screen. You have to focus and watch for gaps logically, then working out which piece of evidence helping prove that you are correct.

All of the writing and character designs are quite interesting. A contrast to the terrible atmosphere of a game relating students killing each other in fits of desperation, with the unknown and antagonistic Monobear. They egg them on in cruel ways. It is an utterly meaningless cast, but sitting them next to such a dark setting highlights. And see how well they are all organized as a popular name of the best visual novels series.

Simulacra

Developer: Kaigan Games
Release date:
 26/10/2017
Link:
 Steam page

The visual novel genre is not quite as restricting as it may seem. Simulacra is one of the best visual novels of how it does not have to suitable with the style you may expect. It is told as a “find phone” game. It is a genre that has recently become popular with games such as My Love, Bury Me, and A Normal Lost Phone.

You catch a phone on your doorstep, which you soon find out that it belongs to a woman named Anna. She is missing at the moment. A short video which she filmed before her disappearance, points out something evil, with jump-cuts and glitches in the video. They aim to scare you. All of the videos and pictures have these subtle touches. From the interface to the “selfie” perspective videos, the attention to detail is incredible.

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Over time, you have to text her friends, have a glance on her social media profiles. Eventually, talking to the people she flirted with on a dating app. It is all extremely upsetting. Simulacra will constantly push you to go further into the realm of voyeurism. Asking how deep you will go into this woman’s life so as to protect her.

The story is quite long, about a few hours. There are different endings depending on if you succeed in your targets. You can simulate to be Anna herself, questioning her friends while trying to mimic what characteristic you can glean from her messages. Or, on the other hand, being open, an honest voice in putting efforts to search for Anna. Turn down the lights, turn off your mobile phone, and settle in for a whole night of amateur detective work for this one!