Visual novel are a game genre based on text and scenes. That is why; the plot and artwork will play a dominant role. Since it is based on text and scenes, there is a big chance for developers to add fan-services to make the game more eye-catching. But unfortunately, we know that gamer vary in ages, from children to adult. For children, things like fan-services for sure are not suitable for them to watch.
If there are any of you who are parent or older sibling, you will think that you need to keep it away from them until they reach a mature stage. But with the rapid development of game these days, nobody is able to resist playing it even for children. So this time I will recommend you these PC visual novels suitable for everyone that even your kids or younger siblings can play without restriction.
Clannad is a Japanese visual novel developed by Key and released in 2004 for PC. While both of Key’s previous creations, Kanon and Air, had been released first as adult games (later been censored for younger market), Clannad was released for a rating for all ages. The game was later ported to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.
The story follows the life of Tomoya Okazaki, an average high school student who meets many people in his last year at school, including five girls, and helps resolves their individual problems. The gameplay follows a branching plot line which offers pre-determined scenarios with courses of interaction, and focuses on the appeal of the five female main characters by the player character.
2. Little Busters!
Little Busters! is another Japanese visual novel developed by Key. The game was released in 2007 for PC and is rated for all ages. Little Busters! is Key’s sixth game, along with Kanon, Air, and Clannad. Little Busters! is classified as a romance visual novel, with the gameplay spent on reading the story’s narrative and dialogues. The text in-game is accompanied by character sprites, representing who we are talking to.
The story follows the life of Riki Naoe, a high school student who has been a member of a group of friends named the Little Busters since childhood. Riki brings multiple girls at his school into the Little Busters to have enough people to play a baseball game. The gameplay follows a branching plot line which offers pre-determined scenarios with courses of interaction, and focuses on the appeal of the six female main characters.
3. Umineko: When They Cry
Umineko: When They Cry or also known as Umineko no Naku Koro ni is a Japanese murder mystery visual novel written by Ryukishi07 and produced by 07th Expansion in 2007. The developer claims that Umineko: When They Cry is classified as sound novel, which means that the game’s basis takes more care in producing an atmosphere via the music, sound effects, and the story itself.
The story focuses on a group of eighteen people who are on a secluded island for a period of two days and the mysterious murders that befall them. Our goal is to discern not only the identity of the murderer but whether the culprit is even human at all. The challenge is to find the truth about the murders which is commited by a human or some other supernatural being, as well as the motive behind them.
Steins,Gate is a visual novel game developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus. Released in 2009, it became the second game in the Science Adventure series (the first was entitled Chaos;Head). This game was actually released for Xbox, but later it was ported to almost all platforms including smartphone. In 2015, PQube released the North America/Europe version for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
The story revolves around the life of a self-proclaimed mad scientist called Rintaro Okabe. He is the founder of Future Gadget Laboratory in Akihabara, where he spends most of his time. What is unique about this game is the use of time travel theme, which we usually found only in movies. This game shows good character development of the protagonists, along with the unexpected plot twists.
Rewrite is a Japanese visual novel which was released in 2011 for PC. This game is developed by Key, a brand of Visual Art’s. If you notice, the developer of this game is the same with the one who made Clannad and Little Busters!, the other PC visual novel games who was released earlier. There is also a special edition of this entitled Rewrite+ which contains the original game and Rewrite Harvest festa!
The story of this game revolves around the life of Kotarou Tennouji, a high school student who lives in a town called Kazamatsuri. As the story goes, he joined the occult club in his school with all five of his potential love interests. They explore the town seeking information about the occult. If we complete all the heroines’ routes, we will unlock another two routes which will reveal more secrets of the mysteries.
Those visual novels above are suitable for everyone, meaning players vary in ages can play it including children. So parents don’t need to worry anymore about erotic content roaming around in your kids’ games. And if I have to choose from all of those, I’ll go with Umineko: When They Cry but since it has murder mystery theme, parents should know the right timing to give their kids this visual novel game.
Which one is your favorite PC visual novel from above? Do you like visual novel genre? Please leave your comment below.