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Negligee: Love Stories
Negligee: Love Stories

Adventure 14 September 2018

The second installment of the erotic visual novel series, created by the independent British studio Dharker. Negligee: Love Stories consists of four main scenarios, each of which offers completely different characters and several endings. We follow the fates of a teenager entering adulthood, a woman trying to escape from a toxic marriage, a model, and a young and carefree girl who does not shy away from short-lasting relationships.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Adventure 25 November 2010

A detective adventure game from the visual novel genre. It was developed by Japan studio Spike Chunsoft. The main protagonist of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Naegi Makoto, is a teenager who starts his education in an elite high school. In contrast to his colleagues, he has no remarkable achievements and he was accepted to the school by winning a lottery. Soon after the school year starts, Makoto and a group of other students are trapped inside the school building and a digitally-controlled mascot informs them that, in order to escape from the trap, one of them must murder someone else in such way that it will be impossible to find out who is guilty. The game is divided into three separate phases. First the player speaks with selected students, builds relations and learns interesting facts. When the murder happens, the player is tasked with gathering evidence and testimonies. Finally the action moves to a court room where during a trial one must find out who the murderer is through a series of minigames.

Doki Doki Literature Club
Doki Doki Literature Club

Adventure 22 September 2017

Developed by Team Salvato, Doki Doki Literature Club is an unusual visual novel. You assume the role of a member of a school literature club and meet its other, female members. Soon, however, the plot takes a very interesting twist.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York
Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York

Adventure December 2019

A narrative game set in the World of Darkness, a universe known from the "paper" RPG system Vampire: The Masquerade. Production allows you to become a member of one of the three vampire clans, which becomes part of the conflict between two powerful vampire factions. The Polish studio Draw Distance is responsible for creating this title.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

Adventure 26 July 2012

A sequel to the detective adventure visual novel released in 2010 by Spike Chunsoft. In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair the player assumes the role of a completely new protagonist named Hajime Hinata. He is accepted to an elite high school despite the fact that he cannot remember what he did to earn that honor. During one of the school trips the class of the protagonist is imprisoned on a tropical island. In order to escape, the students must murder one of their friends and avoid being caught by their colleagues. The gameplay mechanics are based on the same principles as the original game and they are split into three separate phases, in which one must first participate in conversations, then gather testimonies and evidence in the murder case, and finally go to a trial and type the murderer.

Steins;Gate
Steins;Gate

Adventure 15 October 2009

Steins;Gate is a visual novel sci-fi adventure game. Players follow a first year student at a Tokyo university and a novice inventor who follows a conspiracy related to one of his gadgets.

Pyre
Pyre

RPG 25 July 2017

A unique tactical RPG from independent American studio Supergiant Games. The story of Pyre is set in a mysterious land called Downside, which is a variation on the Christian idea of purgatory. The main protagonist is rescued by a trio of masked travelers, who ask him to help them in unveiling the truth about the so-called Rites – an unusual competition, in which the winners can earn pardon for their sins and be freed from Downside. Pyre’s gameplay contains two fundamental parts. We travel in a special coach that is also used to manage our companions and make decisions that affect the land and its inhabitants. However, there is another and more important part of the game, in form of skirmishes we take part in, which combines features of MOBA and sport titles. A team of three characters must get a hold of a special ball and take it to enemy’s base.

Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation
Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation

Adventure 23 July 2019

A collection of three installments of the popular Japanese visual novel dating series called Date a Live. In Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation player must stop the mysterious creatures taking the form of young girls, who are responsible for the catastrophes shaking our planet.

The Fruit of Grisaia
The Fruit of Grisaia

Adventure 21 February 2013

The Fruit of Grisaia is a PC-based visual novel adventure. We play the role of a teenage killer, who starts school full of pupils with dark secrets. While playing, we mainly follow the story and make decisions that direct the story to one of several alternative storyline paths.

Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma

Adventure 28 June 2016

An interactive adventure horror game from visual novel genre and a third entry in Zero Escape series, created ChunSoft in cooperation with Aksys Games. It takes place in Martian research facility, ordered to survey reactions of people locked and isolated from the rest of the world. Gameplay doesn’t differ much from that of previous parts of the series and presents fans with well-known characters. Numerous puzzles are important part of the game, which we must solve quickly to maintain our heroes lives. Unlike its predecessor though, Zero Escape 3 stands out with more philosophical approach to its theme and focus on moral dilemmas. Depending on player’s actions, he or she will witness one of three alternate endings.

Tokyo Dark: Remembrance
Tokyo Dark: Remembrance

Adventure 07 September 2017

Developed by Cherrymochi from Japan, a horror adventure title with strong visual novel elements. The main heroine of the game is Ayami Ito, who carries out an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of her partner. In order to find the truth, she needs to take matters in her own hands. Things become complicated as she also has to face the demons of her own past, nightmares, and hallucinations. The non-linear plot leads to one of eleven endings, depending on the player’s in-game choices. During gameplay of Tokyo Dark, you explore diverse locations, collect useful items, solve puzzles, chat with non-player characters, and take decisions – sometimes having only seconds – that will shape the attributes and the nature of Ito, along with the way NPCs treat her. The action is pushed forward once you draw conclusions based on the followed leads. The action has an anime style, and the grim soundtrack is composed by Matt “Bison” Steed, the leader of the trash metal band Reign of Fury.

Senran Kagura Reflexions
Senran Kagura Reflexions

Adventure 13 September 2018

A spin-off of the Senran Kagura series. It is an adventure game, in which the players are spending time with one of the main female protagonists of the series. The game was designed to take advantage of the unique functions of Nintendo Switch.

YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World
YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World

Adventure 16 March 2017

Visual novel being a remake of a game released on PC-98 and Sega Saturn systems in 1998. The plot of YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World is strongly based on the concept of parallel worlds.

AI: The Somnium Files
AI: The Somnium Files

Adventure 17 September 2019

Detective adventure game with visual novel elements, in which we try to solve the mystery of murders taking place in technologically advanced, modern Tokyo. The game was created by the authors of the Zero Escape series.

Persona 3
Persona 3

RPG 14 August 2007

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 is a jRPG game. Player directs the actions of a teenage student gifted with the power to summon demons and fights against the threatening monsters led by Shadov.

Persona 4 Golden
Persona 4 Golden

RPG 02 October 2012

Refreshed and extended conversion of one of the best jRPGs ever released on PlayStation 2. The number of available heroes, gameplay mechanics, audio frame and intermittent videos have increased.

Fate/stay night [Réalta Nua]
Fate/stay night [Réalta Nua]

Adventure 30 January 2004

A Japanese adventure game of the visual novel sub-genre. The action of the title takes place in contemporary Japan. Players follow the fate of a high school student, by chance becoming a participant in a magical tournament, in which his life is at stake and the prize is the fulfillment of all wishes.

Digimon Survive
Digimon Survive

RPG 2020

Another RPG in Digimon universe, this time with a touch of survival, point'n'click and visual novel. Players enter the land of digital creatures and try to find a way to return to the real world.

Corpse Party
Corpse Party

Adventure 12 August 2010

A visual novel adventure game developed by studio 5pg. The game is an improved version of the independent game created by Makoto Kedouin and originally released in 1996. Corpse Party takes place in a high school building that was built on the ruins of an old grade school in which a terrible and mysterious crime has occurred. One day, due to unexplainable events, a group of students enters a terrible and grotesque version of their school in which the corridors are filled with decomposing corpses. Trapped in the building, the main characters must face the mysteries of the building and the revenge-seeking ghosts of the dead children. The game uses typical gameplay mechanics of visual novel games, although it also contains exploration and even action sequences. The story has several different endings that depend on the choices made by the player.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Adventure 07 February 2012

Re-edition of three parts of a popular series of legal games, previously published on Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS consoles. The protagonist of the game is a young lawyer who undertakes further cases. The game is broken down into the phase of gathering evidence, and a proper trial, during which our hero tries to prove the innocence of his client.

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Adventure 12 January 2017

The third full-fledged installment in the series of mystery thriller adventure visual novels developed by Spike Chunsoft. The plot of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony tells the story of a kidnapped high school student named Kaede Akamatsu. Together with other students, he is taken to a school called Gifted Inmates Academy. The academy’s director is a teddy bear named Monokuma. He informs his “guests” that the only way to escape the place is to kill another student in such way that no one catches you during the investigation. The game employs gameplay mechanics known from previous entries in the series. The gameplay is divided into two main parts: School Life and Class Trial. In the first part the player interacts with other students, creates relations and pushes the story forward. Once a murder occurs, the gameplay mechanics change and the player focuses on conducting an investigation during which he learns testimonies and statements of various people, he looks for evidence etc.

The Lost Child
The Lost Child

RPG 19 June 2018

A dungeon crawler RPG developed by the Japanese developer Kadokawa Games, led by Takayasu Sawaki - the creator of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. The main protagonist of The Lost Child is a journalist who investigates a suicide committed on the Shinjuku station in Tokyo. As it turns out, beings from another world are involved in the mystery, and the main protagonist comes into possession of a weapon called Demon Gun Gangour, which is capable of enslaving the fallen angels. Players observe from the first-person perspective how the main protagonist ventures through vast underground tunnels and fights the demons inhabiting them. Combat is turn-based and the defeated enemies can be enslaved in order to use their unique traits in the battles to come. Occasionally, the player gets to the surface where they can acquire useful information from NPCs - the interactions have been designed to resemble the form of visual novels. The game features visuals resembling the ones featured in manga.

Song of Memories
Song of Memories

Adventure 28 February 2018

An adventure game made in a visual novel style with elements of dating sims and jRPGs, created by Pure Wish studio. The story of Song of Memories is focused on two high school students: Minato Kamishiro who is raising his sister and his friend, Kanon Hiiragi. The lives of those two gain unexpected momentum when the world suffers from a dangerous virus that increases violence in women that are infected by it. The gameplay is typical for this genre and is about following the story and making decisions that have impact on future events. The game also has tactical, turn based battles during which we can use unique abilities of our characters. Dialogues are fully voiced and the graphics, featuring manga style, offer much more animations than typical visual novel titles which is achieved by the use of special system, called E-mote.

Utawarerumono
Utawarerumono

RPG 26 April 2002

A combination of tactical RPG and visual novel. Players take on the role of a masked man suffering from amnesia, who ends up in a small village. He soon becomes the leader of a rebellion aimed at overthrowing the regime of the evil emperor. The action of the game takes place in a fantasy world inspired by Japanese culture, especially the Ainu people.

Conception: Please Give Birth to My Child!
Conception: Please Give Birth to My Child!

RPG 26 April 2012

A Japanese role-playing game featuring elements typical of visual novels. Itsuki Yuge is the protagonist here - a high-school student who is taken to a fantasy world for unknown reasons. The reality he visits is marred by certain dark beings and the protagonist soon learns about the threat they have brought, and that he is the chosen one capable of facing them. Along with thirteen female companions, he sets out on a mission to defeat evil. The game offers a three-dimensional environment and focuses on talking to other characters, exploring the game world and fighting the enemies encountered. Combat is turn-based and the dungeons are randomly generated. Interestingly, the protagonist is capable of having the so-called Star Children with each of his companions. Those become new companions bound to the couple. Star Children however, were gifted with unique abilities which can be used in combat. One has to remember though, that their power depends on the level of intimacy between the protagonist and their female companion, as well as on the "mother's" abilities. Conception: Please Give Birth to My Child offers manga-style visuals, but apparently, the creators were not focused on quality when working on this aspect.

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

RPG 22 August 2013

The second installment in a series of jRPGs enriched with elements typical for visual novels and dungeon crawlers. This time, the player assumes the role of a chosen character (several available) and their goal is to defeat the monsters lurking in the Pandora Labyrinth. The gameplay resembles the formula used in the original game - the player explores randomly generated dungeons, talks to seven female companions (as well as asks them out on dates) and fights the enemies encountered. Once again, the so-called Star Children accompany the player in combat, offering their unique abilities as a form of support. The game is played from a third-person view and the player can both avoid encounters with enemies and attack them by surprise. Similar to the previous installment, one can buy new parts of equipment in town. The visuals are decent here and resemble anime productions.