The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time Video Games

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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    Yūji Kazami transfers to Mihama Academy, a school with only five female students and prison-like features. Every student in the school have their own "circumstances" for being there, but

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    Danganronpa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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    If My Heart Had Wings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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    Kanon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time


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    Sharin No Kuni, Himawari No Sh... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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    Muv-Luv Alternative is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni 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) 41 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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    Utawarerumono is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time


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    Digital: A Love Story is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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    Baldr Sky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time


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