Games are divided in some categories. While genre like RPG mostly revolved around fantasy, the kind such as visual novel can deliver a wider selection of category and theme, with its text-based gameplay. That kind of gameplay made visual novel games is easier to reach the horror lovers, where that theme is rare in genre such as RPG. Here are the 7 recommended horror visual novel games for you.
1. 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (DS)
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors or also known as 999 is the first entry of the Zero Escape trilogy. It is an adventure, visual novel-based game developed by Chunsoft which was released in 2009 for DS. Following the good response for gamer, this game was ported to iOS in 2013 with the title of: 9 Hours 9 People 9 Doors HD Smart Sound Novel.
The story of this game tells about Junpei, a college student who awakens in a small locked room. The only thing he can remember is that he was incapacitated using a certain sleeping drugs and got abducted by a person wearing gas mask. Later, he realized that he is aboard a ship wearing a strange kind of watch. With the other persons onboard who have the same fate as him, they must play survival games.
2. Corpse Party (PlayStation Portable, PC)
Corpse Party is a survival horror and adventure, doujin soft game created by Makoto Kedoin and developed by Team GrisGris. The first game in the series was developed using the RPG Maker software and released in 1996. Later on, the two remakes were created with the title of Corpse Party Blood Covered for PC and Corpse Party Blood Covered: Repeated Fear for PlayStation Portable.
The story takes place in a school called Kisaragi Academy where there is a closed school in the campus called Heavenly Host in which a series of murders took place some years ago. One day, the students of Kisaragi Academy perform a ritual which transforms them into an alternate reality into the Heavenly Host school, and now they are haunted by the ghosts there. Our job is to navigate and survive.
3. Saya no Uta (PC)
Saya no Uta, or known as Saya’s Song in English translation is a horror visual novel created by Nitroplus with some erotic content. This Lovecraftian horror visual novel was originally released in 2003 and in 2009 and English fan translation patch was released. In 2013, JAST USA released an English localization using the improved version of the fan translation.
The story revolves around Fuminori Sakisaka, a medical student who receives a brain damage after a car accident. Later, he develops a case of Agnosia (a loss of ability to recognize objects, persons, sounds, shapes, or smells while the specific sense is not defective). Because of his unusual Agnosia, the world appears to him like hell, with a fleshy building, gory streets, and he perceives other human as monsters.
4. Kara no Shoujo (PC)
Kara no Shoujo or The Girl in the Shell for the English translation is an adult visual novel game developed by Innocent Gray for PC. It was originally released in Japan in 2008. The story revolves around Reiji Tokisaka, a police officer who quit in a series of grotesque murders which took the life of his fiance. Later, his old friend recruits his help to investigate a new series of murder similar to the old ones.
5. Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni (PC)
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni or Higurashi: When They Cry for the English translation is a murder mystery Japanese doujin soft sound novel series created by 07th Expansion. A sound novel is similar to a visual novel in that the gameplay requires relatively little player interaction as most of the game is composed of text dialogues.
The game takes place during June 1983 in a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa which has a population of approximately 2000. The main character, Keiichi Maebara moves there and befriends with his new classmates. At first, Hinamizawa looks to be a normal and peaceful village but after the Watanagashi Festival, Keiichi learns that he was drawn into some strange events which involve murders.
6. Gore Screaming Show (PC)
Gore Screaming Show is an adult horror visual novel game created by Black Cyc in 2006. The game begins with the return of Kyouji Jinno to the remote suburban community of his childhood. He takes up residence with his aunt with an unusual passion of occult research. Everything isn’t fun anymore as soon as Kyouji helps her aunt to unravel the mystery of an ominous undeveloped forest that boarders the town.
7. School Days (PC)
School Days is a Japanese visual novel game developed by 0verflow. It was released on April, 2005 for PC as an adult game. It was later ported to PlayStation 2 and also PlayStation Portable. The story follows Makoto Ito, a high school student and also a child of divorce who becomes the ambivalent love interest of several girls during his second term in his school.
Because of the importance of decision in this game, it is possible to make it not be a horror game at all. If we make the right choices in our playthrough, it is possible for the scenes to be friendly without any horrific things at all. But if we accidentally make mistake, we can end up with the bad ending, which is gory and violent. If you are on your first playthrough, usually this will happen.
Horror visual novels will be a breath of fresh air for the visual novel and horror movie/anime lover. But be advised, that this kind of visual novel is not a kind that you want to show to a child or girls. Since it is horror, there might be a lot of gory and violent scenes along the way. My favorite goes to 999, since I’m more into puzzle solving than gory and violent scenes like the other titles has above.
Which one is your favorite horror visual novel game? Dare to experience another horror? Please share your thoughts below.