Visual novel games are a genre that uses still pictures more than the other game genres. Because of that kind of gameplay, we will find a lot of similarities with anime. With the same artwork, especially since most visual novel games are made by Japanese, it is easy to match anime with the visual novel gameplay. But among many we can find, there are these top 7 visual novel games made for anime lover.
7. Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation (PlayStation 4, PC)
Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation is a visual novel game produced by Compile Heart and Sting Entertainment for PlayStation 4 and PC in 2017. The game is a sequel for the two games which were first released on PlayStation 3, Rinne Utopia and Ars Install. The game features a new original story, together with a new original game character named Rio.
The main premise of the story is that the hero must date girls known as spirits in order to keep them from blowing up the entire home town with their powers. Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation is the subsequent story of Ars Install. Even without clearing the Rinne Utopia and Ars Install we will be able to play it by clearing the “Digest” which will introduce the events from the beginning up to Ars Install.
6. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Android, iOS, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, PC)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a visual novel adventure game developed and published by Spike as the first game in the Danganronpa series. The game was originally released in Japan for the PlayStation Portable in November 2010 and was later ported to Android and iOS in 2012. A sequel, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair was released in 2012 and a compilation of both games was released for PlayStation Vita in 2013.
Danganronpa takes place at an elite high school named Hope’s Peak Academy which accepts talented “Ultimate” students of the highest caliber in various fields each year. Makoto Naegi, a fairly optimistic but otherwise average student is chosen to enroll into the academy as the “Ultimate Lucky Student”. However, when he arrives at the academy he lose consciousness and end up in a kill-to-live situation with the other students.
5. Steins;Gate (Android, iOS, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PC)
Steins;Gate is a visual novel game developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus. Released in 2009, it became the second game in the Science Adventure series (the first was entitled Chaos;Head). This game was actually released for Xbox, but later it was ported to almost all platforms including smartphone. In 2015, PQube released the North America/Europe version for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
The story revolves around the life of a self-proclaimed mad scientist called Rintaro Okabe. He is the founder of Future Gadget Laboratory in Akihabara, where he spends most of his time. What is unique about this game is the use of time travel theme, which we usually found only in movies. This game shows good character development of the protagonists, along with the unexpected plot twists.
4. Fate/stay night (Android, iOS, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 2, PC)
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.
3. Higurashi When They Cry (Android, iOS, DS, Switch, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC)
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.
2. SoniComi (PC)
SoniComi is a visual novel game developed by Nitroplus and published by Nitroplus and Enterbrain for Microsoft Windows in 2016. Super Sonico is a cheerful, hardworking college student and amateur musician who is about to make her modeling debut. As her personal photographer, you will be responsible for Sonico’s image, balancing the needs of your clients with your own vision for Sonico’s future.
1. Mystic Messenger (Android, iOS)
Mystic Messenger is a South Korean female oriented visual novel game developed by Cheritz. It was released on July 8, 2016 for Android and August 18, 2016 for iOS. The game is described as a “storytelling messenger game” and is available in Korean, English, and Spanish. In 2017, Mystic Messenger was awarded Best Indie Game at the 2017 Korea Game Awards.
Player takes the role of a female protagonist who downloads a mysterious app that leads her into living in either a closed, secured apartment owned by Rika, the founder of a charity organization known as the RFA (Rika’s Fundraising Association), or the Mint Eye HQ. She meets the remaining members of the RFA and is tasked to organize a party by inviting guests while finding the truth behind the RFA.
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Many people have their own favorite anime nowadays. And it is such a pleasant thing for them to have their favorite animation into the game realm. So not only they can play the game in visual novel format, they can also enjoy the pleasure of watching an anime. Talking about a favorite, I’m gonna choose Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for its thrilling survival games theme.
Which one is your favorite visual novel game? Do you love anime also? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.