Visual novel games are a genre that uses still pictures rather than moving scenes. Unlike in RPG, visual novel games usually won’t let you roaming around as you like as in open world games. That is why, the gameplay duration required to finish the game less than when you play RPG. But in this list are the top 7 longest visual novel games that even surpass the completion duration of some RPG.
7. Higurashi When They Cry (50+ Hours)
Higurashi When They Cry or also known as Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni in Japanese language 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. Rewrite (50+ Hours)
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.
5. Fate/stay night (50+ Hours)
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.
4. Umineko When They Cry (50+ Hours)
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.
3. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (50+ Hours)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is an updated game compilation of the first three games in the Ace Attorney series: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. The trilogy initially released on the Nintendo 3DS, as a graphical upgrade to the Nintendo DS and WiiWare versions of the trilogy.
2. Ever 17: The Out of Infinity (30-50 Hours)
Ever 17: The Out of Infinity is a visual novel game developed by KID. It is the second entry in the Infinity series with Never 7: The End of Infinity as the beginning of the series. The game was originally released in Japan on August 2002 for PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast, then later ported to PC, PlayStation Portable, Android, and iOS.
The game follows Takeshi Kuranari and a boy with amnesia who is referred to as “the Kid” who are trapped inside an underwater theme park together with the group of other people. After a leak has flooded parts of the park, they cannot make contact with people on the surface. Due to high water pressure, the park is estimated to implode after 119 hours.
1. Fate/hollow ataraxia (30-50 Hours)
Fate/hollow ataraxia is a 2005 PC visual novel game developed by Type-Moon, and the sequel to Fate/stay night. The word “ataraxia” in the title is a Greek term for “tranquility”, giving the title the combined meaning of “empty (or false) tranquility”. The game also ported to PlayStation Vita and includes full voice-acting among other enhancements.
The plot of Fate/hollow ataraxia is based 6 months after the events of Fate/stay night. Bazett Fraga McRemitz, a member of the Mages’ Association and a master in the Fifth Holy Grail War, wakes on the fourth day of the Fifth Holy Grail War with a new servant, Avenger, and no memory of what happened to her beforehand. She and Avenger set off to fight and win the Holy Grail War.
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Visual novel games supposed to end way faster than a kind of genre such as RPG with the open world exploration. The games on the list above proved that visual novel can be as “serious” as RPG and make you spend more than 50+ hours to finish it. I will choose Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy as my favorite longest visual novel for its neat plot twist since the beginning until the end.
Which one is your favorite longest visual novel? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.