Visual novel are a game genre that consist of text and scenes. With that condition, its strength lies in the plot and artwork. Although some players think that it is too boring, there are some who love it. And apparently, PC has a good set of visual novel games for those visual novel lovers. So without any further ado, here are the summaries of 7 recommended PC visual novel that are suitable for adult players (18+).
1. Zero Escape Series
Zero Escape series is a trilogy of visual novel games developed by Spike Chunsoft which consists of three games: 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Virtue’s Last Reward, and Zero Time Dilemma. The first two were only ported to PC in 2017 with remastered visuals and new voice acting as a pack called The Nonary Games, while Zero Time Dilemma stands on its own.
In each game, nine people are locked in a place by a mysterious figure with the name Zero. Each one of them are fitted with watches that display a number and told that they must escape whatever place they are in by working through puzzles contained by nine doors. As the game progresses, it seems like Saw movie when people start dying in a gruesome way by acid showers or bombs in the stomach.
2. VA-11 HALL-A
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. Later on, there is the PlayStation Vita port developed by Wolfgame and published by Limited Run Games.
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.
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.
4. Fate/stay night
Fate/stay night is a Japanese adult visual novel game which was developed by Type-Moon for PC. Released in 2004, this game and the other Fate/ series were known to have more action scenes than the other visual novel games. Being Type-Moon’s first commercial work, this game is a actually a doujin soft visual novel which later turned to some several series of games.
The plot focused on the battle royale which was known as Holy Grail War, where the winner will obtain the chalice called Holy Grail which can grant their wish. There are seven participants in total, and each of them is accompanied by Servant with unique powers and abilities to assist them. As the Master’s assistance in battle, only one Servant can be summoned in each war of the seven classes.
5. Grisaia no Kajitsu
Grisaia No Kajitsu is a Japanese adult visual novel, and also the first in a series of visual novels by Front Wing. This game was released in 2011 for PC, and later ported to PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita. Two sequels of this game were also produced for PC entitled The Labyrinth of Grisaia (2012) and The Eden of Grisaia (2013).
The story revolves around Yuji Kazami who transfers to Mihama Academy, a school with only five female students and prison-like features. Each of the students in the school has their own circumstances for being there, but Yuji is not required to do anything about their situation as he asked for a normal student life. Because of his decisions, eventually he will choose to become involved of his own accord.
6. G Senjou no Maou
G Senjou no Maou is another Japanese adult visual novel game which was released in 2008 for PC. The creation of Akabeisoft2 was classified as a romance, drama, and comedy, with some thriller and mystery elements in it. There is also an interactive branching plot line with multiple scenarios which make the game feels more exciting and intriguing to follow.
The story revolves around the life of a high school student named Kyousuke Azai, which was known to be a nice and sociable person. But nobody knows that he is a smart and ruthless businessman who works secretly for his adoptive father who is happened to be a yakuza leader. The main plot has five chapters in it, with a lot of spoilers and plot twists, along with the unpredictable extraordinary events.
7. Katawa Shoujo
Katawa Shoujo is a bishoujo-style visual novel game developed by Four Leaf Studios in 2012. Made for PC, this game uses a traditional text and sprite-based visual novel model with an ADV-style text box running on the Ren’Py visual novel engine. Although it has the appearance of a Japanese visual novel, this game wasn’t made in Japan. The developer tries to make it more appealing to non-Japanese audience.
The story takes place at a fictional Yamaku High School for disabled children, located in northern Japan. We will play as Hisao Nakai, a normal high school student whose life changed greatly after he suffered a heart attack caused by his long-dormant disease. Enrolled in Yamaku High School, he will interact with other students that have their unique disabilities, along with the five heroines’ routes.
Not only in movies, apparently there are also adult-suited games in visual novel genre. It is labeled this way because of the mature contents (violence, sexuality, and gore scenes) so it is really not suggested for players under 18. And my favorite goes to Zero Escape Series, since it has a simple plot yet thrilling situations where the protagonist must face life and death all along the game.
Which one is your favorite visual novel from above? And for you, who are still under 18, please wait until you are mature enough to accept the contents of the game. Please leave your comment below.