You can say that playing visual novel games is more boring than playing RPG or action games, but not until you know these visual novels. The visual novel games in this list might change your opinion significantly and make you start loving them. There will be two part of the 5 best visual novel games so far, so let us start with the first five visual novels. Spare few hours of your relaxing time and prepare for addiction!
1. Steins;Gate 0 (Switch, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Steins;Gate 0 is a visual novel game developed and published by 5pb. It is part of the Science Adventure series and a sequel to 2009 game Steins;Gate. The game was released initially in 2015 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows in 2016, Xbox One in 2017, and Nintendo Switch in 2019.
The story is seen from several characters’ viewpoints, mainly the university student Rintaro Okabe, the time traveller Suzuha Amane, and the neuroscientist Maho Hiyajo. After meeting Maho and her co-worker Alexis Leskinen, Okabe becomes a tester for the artificial intelligence system Amadeus. The player reads the text and dialogue that comprise the story and affects the direction of the plot by choosing whether to answer phone calls from Amadeus.
2. Zero Time Dilemma (3DS, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, PC)
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma is the third and final installment of the Zero Escape trilogy, meaning it is the sequel for Virtue’s Last Reward. This game is developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Aksys Games in North America and Europe. Zero Time Dilemma was released initially in 2016 for 3DS and PlayStation Vita, and then sometime later also released for PC and PlayStation 4.
The story primarily follows three people: a nurse named Diana, a firefighter named Carlos, and a boy with spherical helmet named Q. The three protagonists are abducted by Zero and trapped in a facility along with other six participants and are divided into three teams. The nine people are forced to play in the Decision Game,a death game which involves killing at least 6 of the 9 players.
3. Root Letter (Android, iOS, PlayStation Vita, PC)
Root Letter is a visual novel adventure game developed and published by Kadokawa Games in 2016 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC, Android, and iOS. It is the first entry in Kadokawa Game Mystery brand and a prequel of the upcoming Root Letter 2. Root Letter: Last Answer, a revamp of the game with additional contents and live-action sequences is due to be released on 2019.
The story is set in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture where the protagonist arrives in search of Fumino Aya, a pen pal friend from high school who had disappeared for 15 years. Afer he finds a letter dedicated to him from her that was never sent, he sets out to interrogate her classmates as he wonders if everything Aya had told him had been a lie.
4. VA-11 Hall-A (Switch, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, PC)
VA-11 Hall-A is an indie bartender simulation game with visual novel elements as well as cyberpunk, PC-98, and anime-inspired visuals. This game was developed by Venezuelan studio named Sukeban Games and published by Ysbryd Games for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux in 2016. Recently in May 2019, Sukeban Games released the game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
The game puts the player in a role of a bartender at the eponymous VA-11 Hall-A, a small bar in a dystopian downtown which is said to attract the “most fascinating” of people. The gameplay consists of players making and serving drinks to bar attendees whilst listening to the stories and experiences of these said characters. There a no dialogue options, so drinks being the sole way to influence the story.
5. Mystic Messenger (Android, iOS)
Mystic Messenger is a South Korean female oriented visual novel game developed by Cheritz. It was released on July 8, 2016 for Android and August 18, 2016 for iOS. The game is described as a “storytelling messenger game” and is available in Korean, English, and Spanish. In 2017, Mystic Messenger was awarded Best Indie Game at the 2017 Korea Game Awards.
Player takes the role of a female protagonist who downloads a mysterious app that leads her into living in either a closed, secured apartment owned by Rika, the founder of a charity organization known as the RFA (Rika’s Fundraising Association), or the Mint Eye HQ. She meets the remaining members of the RFA and is tasked to organize a party by inviting guests while finding the truth behind the RFA.
Read also: 5 Best Visual Novel Games So Far (Part 2)
If before you feel bored playing a visual novel game, maybe those games can change your mind. Upon playing you might get occupied and addicted with what the story offers. If I have to choose, I will choose Zero Time Dilemma because I’m a survival theme lover. But to be frank, VA-11 Hall-A seems really nice too with the retro graphics and high score; another visual novel to try.
Which one do you think is the best visual novel games? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.