The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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List Criteria: Visual novel video games only.

This is a list of the best visual novel games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated visual novel games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest visual novel games are at the top of the list.

Visual novel games are easy to play are great for people that prefer to read rather than shoot enemies. Many visual novels have adult themes, though a few visual novel games such as Phoenix Wright are meant for players of all ages.
 
Spanning the entire history of the genre, these visual novel games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging visual novel games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new visual novel games.

This list below has everything from Katawa Shoujo to DNA Media Comics. This list answers the questions, "What are the best visual novel games?" and "What is the greatest visual novel game of all time?"
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    Danganronpa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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    If My Heart Had Wings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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    Digital: A Love Story is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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    Everlasting Summer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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    August 27th, 2012 "Hee-Jung is a 21 year old girl who pushes herself to be perfect at everything; yet she realizes that she does not know what she really desires.Although she lives a hectic life, she feels like

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