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List Rules 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 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.

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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Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
remplamKai added December 10, 2015 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

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Katawa Shoujo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2012 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

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G Senjō no Maō is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2008 G Senjō no Maō is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Akabeisoft2 and first released for the PC as a DVD on May 29, 2008, in limited and regular editions after many delays. The gameplay ...more

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Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2004 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 ...more

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Rewrite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2011 Rewrite is a Japanese visual novel developed by Key, a brand of VisualArt's. It was released on June 24, 2011 for Windows PCs and is rated for all ages. Rewrite is Key's ninth game, along with ...more

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999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons,... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2010 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

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2001 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 ...more

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Danganronpa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Silvachief added Danganronpa

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Dangan-Ronpa: Kibou no Gakuen ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Grisaia no Kajitsu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games 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 Yūji is not required to do anything about their situation as he asked for a normal student life

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2004 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations, released in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban 3, is a visual novel adventure video game developed by Capcom. It was originally released for the Game ...more

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Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Rew... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2012 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 ...more

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2002 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All, released in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban 2, is a visual novel adventure video game developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo DS video game ...more

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Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2007 Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, released in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban 4, is a visual novel adventure video game developed by Capcom for the Nintendo DS handheld game console. It is the fourth video ...more

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DNA Media Comics is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Clannad is a Japanese visual novel developed by Key and released on April 28, 2004 for Windows PCs. While both of Key's first two previous works, Kanon and Air, had been released first as adult ...more

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Umineko: When They Cry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2007 Umineko: When They Cry is a Japanese murder mystery dōjin soft visual novel series produced by 07th Expansion. The first game in the series, Legend of the Golden Witch, was first released at ...more

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Muv-Luv Alternative is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
taklung31 added In the year 1973, alien species known as BETA (Beings of Extra Terrestrial origin which is Adversary of human race) came to invade earth. During the next 30 years, they have conquered most of ...more

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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
bmmitchell98 added If My Heart Had Wings is a Japanese 18+ Visual Novel produced by Pulltop. It was released on 25 May 2012 and an English localization that was given a Teen rating was released by MoeNovel on 28 ...more

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Little Busters! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2007 Little Busters! is a Japanese visual novel developed by Key. It was released on July 27, 2007 for Windows PCs and is rated for all ages. Little Busters! is Key's sixth game, along with other ...more

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Ever 17: The Out of Infinity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2002 Ever 17: The Out of Infinity is a Japanese science fiction visual novel produced by KID. It was originally released on August 29, 2002 for the PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast. A Windows version, ...more

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Saya no Uta is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2003 Saya no Uta is a Lovecraftian horror visual novel by Nitroplus with erotic content. The original plot is written by Gen Urobuchi. In 2009, an English fan translation patch was released. Later, ...more

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Doki Doki Literature Club is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
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Tsukihime is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2000 Tsukihime is a Japanese adult dōjin visual novel created by Type-Moon, who first released it at the Winter Comiket in December 2000. It was adapted in 2003 into an anime series, Shingetsutan ...more

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Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2005 Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful Life is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Key released on November 25, 2005 for Windows PCs. Key later released versions of Tomoyo After without the ...more

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Narcissu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2005 Narcissu is a free visual novel by the dōjin group stage-nana, telling the story of a terminally ill young man and woman. It was made with the NScripter engine. The work was originally written ...more

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Higurashi When They Cry, known simply as When They Cry for the North American release of the anime adaptation, is a Japanese murder mystery dōjin soft sound novel series produced by 07th ...more

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Air is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2000 Air is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Key released on September 8, 2000 for Windows PCs. Key later released versions of Air without the erotic content, and the game was ported to the ...more

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Kanon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
1999 Kanon is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Key released on June 4, 1999 for Windows PCs. Key later released versions of Kanon without the erotic content, and the game was ported to the ...more

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Sharin No Kuni, Himawari No Sh... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Silvachief added Sharin No Kuni, Himawari No Shoujo

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Muv-Luv is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Muv-Luv is a Japanese visual novel developed by âge and originally released as an adult game for the PC on February 28, 2003. Subsequent versions with the adult content removed were sold ...more

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Narcissu: Side 2nd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2007 Narcissu -Side 2nd- is the prequel to the visual novel Narcissu, produced by Stage-nana. A preview version was sold at Comiket 70 for ¥200, and has since been released for free download. On ...more

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Kara no Shōjo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2008 Kara no Shōjo is an adult visual novel by Innocent Grey for the PC. It was released in Japan on July 4, 2008, and for English-speaking markets on June 29, 2011.

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Shuffle! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2004 Shuffle! is a Japanese visual novel developed by Navel. It was originally released as an adult game for Microsoft Windows on January 30, 2004. It was subsequently followed by an all-ages release ...more

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Everlasting Summer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
ViktorArzumanyan added Everlasting Summer 2013

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Time Hollow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2008 Time Hollow is a Japanese-style adventure video game developed and published by Konami for the Nintendo DS video game console. The game was released in Japan on March 19, 2008, North America on ...more

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Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
recfruzy added 2001 Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, or Kiminozo for short, is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Âge and released on August 3, 2001 for Windows. It was later ported to the Dreamcast and ...more

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School Days is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2005 School Days is an adult Japanese visual novel developed by 0verflow, released on April 28, 2005 for Windows and later ported as a DVD game and for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. The ...more

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Chaos;Head is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2008 Chaos;Head, stylized as ChäoS;HEAd, is a Japanese visual novel developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus that was released on April 25, 2008 for the PC. A port of the game, named Chaos;Head Noah, for ...more

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Yosuga no Sora is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Alejandro Franco added Yosuga no Sora Yosuga no Sora is a Japanese romance/drama adult visual novel developed by CUFFS. The game was originally released for Windows PC on December 5, 2008. It was adapted into a serialized manga and ...more

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Dandelion Wishes Brought to Yo... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
MaiaChamorro added Dandelion Wishes Brought to You 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 she is on the road to nowhere. However, one day she encounters mysterious animals and decides to take them in. She doesn’t yet realize that this will radically change her life…”

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Madou Koukaku is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
taklung31 added Madou Koukaku

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Digital: A Love Story is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
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Fortune Arterial is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Alejandro Franco added Fortune Arterial is a Japanese adult visual novel, developed by August, released as a limited edition version on January 25, 2008 playable on Windows PCs as a DVD. Fortune Arterial is August's ...more

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Season of the Sakura is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
armok added 1996 Season of the Sakura is a Japanese bishōjo eroge for MS-DOS. It was translated to English in 1996 by JAST USA, and re-released for modern Windows systems in 2002 as part of the "JAST USA ...more

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Yume Miru Kusuri: A Drug That ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2005 Yume Miru Kusuri: A Drug That Makes You Dream is an adult visual novel for the PC developed by Rúf. The visual novel was initially released in Japanese on December 22, 2005 and translated ...more

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Utawarerumono is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2002 Utawarerumono is a Japanese adult tactical role-playing visual novel by Leaf which was released on April 26, 2002 for the PC. A PlayStation 2 version was developed by Sting, and released by ...more

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Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2004 Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet is a Japanese post-apocalyptic visual novel developed by Key, a brand of VisualArt's whose previous works include Kanon and Air. It was released over ...more

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Runaway City is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
armok added Runaway City

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Cross Days is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
2009 Cross Days is a Japanese erotic visual novel developed by 0verflow, released on March 19, 2010 for Windows and later ported as a DVD game and for the PlayStation Portable. The story, a dramatic ...more

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Resort Boin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Resort Boin is a Japanese eroge visual novel developed by Crossnet-Pie. It is the sequel to Boin.