Winter IS coming! Luckily, instead of ice zombies, holidays comes with it. For those who don’t have anything planned for this Christmas (and New Year), be at ease! Santa is here to take you away from reality to the amazing worlds of these top 5 visual novel with winter theme. Do enjoy!
The first visual novel with winter theme is for those who’ll have a lonely Christmas. Released for PS2, Amagami tells the tale of Junichi Tachibana, the boy who hates Christmas. He was stood up on a date two years ago on Christmas’ Eve, leaving his heart shattered to pieces. Having been traumatized by this experience, Junichi began to distance himself from love and started to hate Christmas. This Christmas will be different, however, as Junichi will begin to open his heart to the love of his life, which is one of the six main heroines of the game.
Amagami is a dating simulation game published by Enterbrain, where the player will end up with one of the heroines based on their choices. In contrast to many dating simulation visual novels, Amagami is a rather innocent (without any H-scenes) one. So, for all the hopeless romantics out there who have yet to find the one, let’s sit back and enjoy the journey of Junichi Tachibana as he discovers what love is all about.
2. True Remembrance
The next visual novel with winter theme is yet another innocent one. Set in a different world than ours, the story of True Remembrance revolves around a disease called The Dolor. It is a disease which causes depression and has infected many people in this futuristic world. The only one who can cure this disease is called Mnemonicides, doctors with magical abilities specifically trained for curing The Dolor. When snow begins to fall in this unnamed city, so does the journey of Blackiris, a young and talented Mnemocide, and his patient, a sweet young girl named La.
True Remembrance is a rather short visual novel developed single-handedly by Shiba Satomi. For this reason, this visual novel only offers a single ending (with no branches). But before you give it any judgement, why don’t you try it first? This visual novel is free, as it can be officially download from this site.
3. Swan Song
From the innocent visual novels above, we’re going to do a 180 degrees turn and talk about Swan Song. I’ve actually written about this visual novel before as one of the visual novel with bad endings that will break your heart. The story begins when a massive earthquake occurs on Christmas’ Eve, leaving the town in ruin. Our six protagonists try their best to survive in a now chaotic and lawless society which will lead to many disturbing and depressing turns of events.
Swan Song is very different than the other visual novel with winter theme mentioned before. This visual novel contains violence, rape and murder scenes. So, if you’re one of those who are looking forward to a “red” Christmas rather than a white one, Swan Song is the perfect choice for you ! (simply because it offers a lot of a bad endings; like a LOT)
4. Ef: A Fairy Tale of The Two
The next visual novel with winter theme is Ef:A Fairy Tale of the Two. Developed by Minori, Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two is split into 2 parts. The first part was released on December 22, 2006 under the title Ef: The First Tale whereas the second part, Ef: The Latter Tale was released on May 30, 2008. Each part follows several storylines of several protagonists. These storylines mainly tell about how each protagonist, well, meets and falls in love with the heroines. It is not as simple as that, however, as each character is intertwined with one another. Connecting the stories of the two parts together is what makes Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two an interesting visual novel to read.
Taking place around Christmas time in a town called Otowa, Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two focuses on four protagonists, two in each part, and their love stories. Like True Remembrance, this visual novel continues on a linear path. Choosing the right answers will take the player to the ending while choosing wrong decisions will end the game immediately. If you like a visual novel with a lot of romance and drama, you should try Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two this Christmas.
The last visual novel with winter theme in my list is a classic one. Released way back in 1999, Kanon tells the story of five girls who are connected to Yuichi Aizawa. Yuichi was a boy who had visited the city seven years prior to the game’s beginning. Even so, Yuichi has very little memory of the time he visited. As his new life began to transpire, Yuichi will soon learn the supernaturality of the city, reminding him of the events that took place seven years ago.
Predecessor to popular visual novels like Air, Clannad and Little Busters, Kanon is the very first visual novel by Key. Taking place in the winter, the storyline of Kanon is heavily influenced by miracles and supernatural occurrences. The story itself focuses on the romance between Yuichi and one of the five heroines. Kanon was very popular that there are many adaptations (anime, manga and light novel) to the original visual novel. Even the anime adaptations were done twice, once in 2002 and once in 2006 (for details, check out this review). So if you’re looking to spend Christmas boarding a feels trip, Kanon might be a good choice for you.
With Christmas and New Year around the corner, I think it’s about time we make plans on how to spend the holidays. A date with your loved ones, a trip with your friends or a family gathering. All seems like really nice plans for the upcoming holiday. However, for those with no plans whatsoever, or those who simply prefer spending time alone, let’s just immerse ourselves and enjoy the snow in these magical worlds of visual novel.
That being said, my list of top 5 visual novel with winter theme comes to a close. Have you played them all? Which visual novel do you think is the best way to spend this Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!
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