The Best Visual Novel Games Of All Time

The best visual novel games of all time for any console or system, ranked by gamers everywhere. These games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest visual novels are at the top of the list.

As a general genre, visual novel games are typically easy to pick and up play and 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. 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 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?" Vote up all your favorites below, that way other gamers will see which games they should check out next.

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  • Steins;Gate
    December 10, 2015
    1,990 votes
    • Developer: 5bp.
    Steins;Gate is a Japanese visual novel developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus and released for the Xbox 360 on October 15, 2009. It is the second game in 5pb. and Nitroplus' Science Adventure series ...more
    • Developer: Capcom
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, released in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban Yomigaeru Gyakuten, is a visual novel/adventure legal drama video game published and developed by Capcom in Japan, North America, ...more
  • Fate/stay night
    1,793 votes
    • Developer: Type-Moon
    Fate/stay night is a Japanese visual novel developed by Type-Moon, which was originally released as an adult game for Windows. A version of Fate/stay night rated for ages 15 and up titled Fate/stay ...more
    • Developer: Chunsoft
    Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, also known as simply Virtue's Last Reward in Europe and Australia, is a 2012 Japanese visual novel adventure video game developed by Chunsoft for the Nintendo 3DS ...more
    • Developer: Chunsoft
    999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is a graphic adventure game/visual novel developed by Chunsoft for Nintendo DS. It was first released in Japan on December 10, 2009, and then in North ...more
  • Katawa Shoujo
    2,656 votes
    • Developer: Four Leaf Studios
    Katawa Shoujo is a bishōjo-style visual novel by Four Leaf Studios that tells a story of a young man and five young women living with varying disabilities. The game uses a traditional text and ...more