Okay, so last month we have summarized the first five of the best visual novel games around. A month has passed and I’m still excited to introduce you the other five. I need to assure you, these visual novel are really worth to play, as good as the first five; I have tried some of them myself and those games are the best. So here are the 5 best visual novel games so far (part 2) for all of you gamers.
1. ACE Academy (Android, PC)
ACE Academy is a comedy-centric, slice-of-life visual novel with sci-fi and romance element developed and published by PixelFade in 2016. With hundreds of choices available, we can experience the storyline and interact with characters in a much more personalized way. The game features a complete English voice cast along and variety of branching paths to lead in multiple endings.
In the year 2049, mechanized robots commonly called GEAR were developed for military application. The prevalent use and popularity of GEARs has created a new academic field known as “Cenorobotics”. The protagonist finds himself transferring to ACE Academy, a premier school for Cenorobotics with no team wants to accept him and his outdated American GEAR, until he finds one wanting him in.
2. Muv-Luv (PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC)
Muv-Luv is a Japanese visual novel game developed by age and originally released as an adult game for Windows in 2003. This game consists of two parts, Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited. The gameplay in Muv-Luv follows a linear plot line and offers pre-determined scenarios and courses of interaction, focusing on the differing scenarios of the female main characters.
If you are a visual novel lover who is up to dating a cute anime girl, then this game is exactly for you. Not only the characters are interesting, the overall story continues evolving throughout several arcs. Eventually, the story will be concluded in the sequel, Muv-Luv Alternative, which ups the drama even more than it used to be.
3. Umineko When They Cry (PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, 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. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice (Android, iOS, 3DS)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is a visual novel adventure game developed and published by Capcom. The game is the sixth main entry in the Ace Attorney series and was released for 3DS in 2016 while the Android and iOS version was released a year later.
The story of Spirit of Justice is set roughly one year after its predecessor, Dual Destinies, and once again focuses on defense attorney Phoenix Wright and his two understudies, Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes. While previous games in the series have been set in Los Angeles, California, Spirit of Justice sees Phoenix travel to the fictional kingdom of Kurain, where the art of spirit chanelling originates.
5. The House in Fata Morgana (iOS, 3DS, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, PC)
The House in Fata Morgana is a visual novel game developed by Novectacle. The game was originally released in Japan for PC (2012) and iOS (2014). In 2016, MangaGamer released the PC version internationally. The 3DS version was released by FuRyu in 2016, and the PlayStation Vita version was released by Dramatic Create in 2017. In 2019, Limited Run Games released the PlayStation 4 version.
The story is set in a mansion, where the player character wakes up with amnesia. They meet a maid in the mansion, and the two visit the mansion in different time periods: 1603, 1707, 1869, and 1099. They learn about what has happened to its residents in the past while trying to get the player characters to regain their lost memories.
Some of the visual novel above might sounds familiar to you, since they are not a single game. Muv-Luv, Umineko When They Cry, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirits of Justice have predecessor and successor as a series. But personally, I’m always interested to play Ace Attorney series since the first game because of its stunning and neat plot from the beginning until the last chapter in-game.
Which one do you think is the best visual novel games? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.