With all of its qualities, visual novel games have its own fanatic lovers. Although the gameplay consists of text and still scenes, some people find it addictive. And since it is visual novel genre, it has a wide selection of theme, including horror. Among many of the great titles and series out there, here are the top 7 visual novel games for horror lovers that are suitable for adult players (18+).
7. Umineko: When They Cry (PC)
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.
6. Divi-Dead (PC)
Divi-Dead is a Japanese 2D adult visual novel game released by C’s Ware is 1998. The game’s theme falls into the category of adult horror as it deals with supernatural and sexual topics. It is a visual novel that involves a supernatural mystery which the player solved in order to complete the game. The player makes certain decisions throughout the story, which may lead to different endings.
Life has been rough for Ranmaru Hibikiya. Bedridden as a child with a mysterious illness, he had to spend most of his time alone, drugged. However, things are getting better for him. His health has improved and his uncle, a rather mysterious man, installed Ranmaru at Asao Private School to serve as his spy. Soon, he finds himself immersed in horrifying, supernatural events that could claim his life at any moment.
5. 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.
4. Theresia (DS)
Theresia or also known as Theresia: Dear Emile is a psychological horror visual novel adventure game developed by WorkJam and published by Aksys Games, released exclusively for DS. Gameplay is divided into two modes: a movement mode, where the player navigates the facility and searching for different rooms, and an observational mode, in which the player investigates certain areas and solves puzzles.
The story begins with Leanne, a teenage girl wakes up in a small, barely lit room of a mysterious building. She has no memories, and the only tangible clue is the word “Theresia” scribbled upon a piece of paper. In fact, the building reveals itself to not only be merely the sub-basement of a larger complex, but also to be riddled with traps, each hidden in even the most unexpected places.
3. Shikkoku no Sharnoth: What a Beautiful Tomorrow (PC)
Shikkoku no Sharnoth: What a Beautiful Tomorrow is a horror visual novel developed by Liar-soft in 2008 as a sequel to other “What a Beautiful” games. We will take the role of Mary Clarissa Christie, a girl in London in 1905 who suddenly develops a case of Heterochromia where one of her blue eyes turns yellow. She begins to see visions and we need to uncover mysteries from the clues given.
2. 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 contents. 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.
1. 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 Grey 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.
Horror genre has become a favorite genre nowadays, even in games. With that trend, now game genres such as visual novel started to produce good games under its label. My favorite goes to Theresia, the only DS exclusive game on the list. The gameplay is interesting as well as the mysteries behind the strange building. The run-for-your-life theme is always thrilling as we try to survive until the end.
Which one is your favorite adult visual novel from the list? For you who are still under 18, please wait until you are mature enough to accept the contents of the game. Feel free to leave your comment below.