Steam is a video game digital distribution service by Valve which was launched as a standalone software client in 2003. Since then, it has expanded to include games from third-party publishers. Based on its function, Steam has given gamers a lot easier way to access any kind of game, including the one under visual novel label. So here are the top 7 visual novel games on Steam as of 2020 you can find.
7. Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma is the third and final installment of the Zero Escape trilogy, meaning it is the sequel for Virtue’s Last Reward. This game is developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Aksys Games in North America and Europe. Zero Time Dilemma was released initially in 2016 for 3DS and PlayStation Vita, and then sometime later also released for PC and PlayStation 4.
The story primarily follows three people: a nurse named Diana, a firefighter named Carlos, and a boy with spherical helmet named Q. The three protagonists are abducted by Zero and trapped in a facility along with other six participants and are divided into three teams. The nine people are forced to play in the Decision Game,a death game which involves killing at least 6 of the 9 players.
6. Muv-Luv Alternative
Muv-Luv Alternative is a Japanese visual novel game developed and published by age in 2006 for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Muv-Luv Alternative is a direct sequel to Muv-Luv Unlimited, and is the grand finale of the Muv-Luv trilogy.
In Muv-Luv Alternative Takeru Shirogane wakes up three years after the end of Unlimited to find himself back in his room. Although he first thinks that everything that had happened to him was a dream, he soon feels something is wrong and leaves the house to find that he has been sent back in time to beginning of the events in Unlimited. He decides to help Professor Kouzuki to complete Alternative IV instead of Alternative V.
5. Steins;Gate 0
Steins;Gate 0 is a visual novel game developed and published by 5pb. It is part of the Science Adventure series and a sequel to 2009 game Steins;Gate. The game was released initially in 2015 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows in 2016, Xbox One in 2017, and Nintendo Switch in 2019.
The story is seen from several characters’ viewpoints, mainly the university student Rintaro Okabe, the time traveller Suzuha Amane, and the neuroscientist Maho Hiyajo. After meeting Maho and her co-worker Alexis Leskinen, Okabe becomes a tester for the artificial intelligence system Amadeus. The player reads the text and dialogue that comprise the story and affects the direction of the plot by choosing whether to answer phone calls from Amadeus.
4. Everlasting Summer
Everlasting Summer is a visual novel game produced by Russian game developer Soviet Games. It was originally produced in Russia and was first released on December 2013. The English translation was released a year after when the game was made available on Steam. The game includes some adult content which was removed from the Steam release.
The game tells the story of a 25 year-old man living in modern Russia who finds himself mysteriously transported to a summer camp somewhere in Soviet Union. Players must navigate the relationships with the female NPC he meets and possibly find love with the various people he encounters, while trying to solve the mystery of how and why he was brought to that place.
3. Doki Doki Literature Club!
Doki Doki Literature Club! is an American freeware visual novel developed by Team Salvato for Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux in 2017. The game was developed in an estimated two-year period by a team led by Dan Salvato, known previously for his modding work for Super Smash Bros. Melee. Doki Doki Literature Club! was initially distributed through itch.io, and later became available on Steam
The story follows a male high school student who joins the school’s literature club and interacts with its four members. The game features a mostly linear story, with some alternative scenes and endings depending on the choices the player makes. While the game appears to be a lighthearted dating simulator, it is in fact a metafictional psychological horror game that extensively breaks the fourth wall.
2. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
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.
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.
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Steam is probably the one and only digital distribution service that is the most satisfying and trustworthy out there. And aside from that, it can also provide us with a wide range of selection, including visual novels and its scores. And talking about a favorite, I’ll go with Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma since its survival theme successfully thrills and shocks the player with the amazing plot.
And now which ones are your favorite visual novel games on Steam? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.