Top 10 Best Visual Novels

The Top Ten

1 Steins;Gate Steins;Gate Steins;Gate is a 2011 anime television series created by the animation studio White Fox based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's 2009 video game of the same name, and is part of the Science Adventure franchise.

Also my favourite anime

It is a very good mystery that has a sci-fi and dark twist really good if you like dark things

Easily the best product of entertainment. It could definitely rival a console game, this is a must-see experience.

This game is not really famous. but trust me, this is really good! You must play it if you love Visual Novel game!

2 Fate/Stay Night Fate/Stay Night Fate/stay night is a Japanese visual novel and anime series by Type-Moon. There are three story lines in the visual novel: Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven's Feel. A 24-episode anime series based on the Fate route and a film based on the Unlimited Blade Works route were made by Studio Deen. A more.

There are three paths to choose from: Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven's Feel. I think regardless of what path you take, they will all tell awesome stories for sure. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

This game has it all. Emotion, action, suspense you name it, this game has it.

Fate is love, Fate is life!

It's the best VN I ever played

3 Clannad

Awesome thrill ride

Best thing ever

4 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Great story, great characters and overall...just GREAT!
You'll really get the feels in this one.

5 Ace Attorney

A TREMENDOUS story with excellent characters and life-long lessons. What's not to love?

The Ace Attorney series is the GOAT - MilesRS777

Phoenix Wright is AWESOME

Why is it not at #1?

6 Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

The only reason I searched for this kind of list was to see Danganronpa games. I didn't like the first one much but this is awesome. Murder mysteries, backstories, funny and sad moments... Just play it! - Tuana123

I personally prefer the second to the first

Probably the best thing I've ever played in a while.

True that the second is better than the first even if I think it is equal to Danganronpa v3

And Nagito Komaeda, Gundham Tanaka and Izuru Kamukura are just best characters ever (with Kokichi Oma from Danganronpa v3)

7 Kanon
8 Air
9 Katawa Shoujo

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For a free game, this is one hell of a masterpiece. Great well written stories, awesome art, and a sound track to match.

Best game. Very emotional. Really want another game made by 4 leaf studios

Such a great game! Each girls story is nice and charming!

10 Doki Doki Literature Club!

Stop reading this right now and play it if you haven't. It's free, and it's best to go in as blind as possible. - Atham

An amazing game that belies its depth by tricking the player with surface-level tropes and cliches.

Beautiful and creep while maintaining a cutesy feeling of hot girls but is secretly a horror game. Fun!

It breaks 4th wall too many times


The Newcomers

? Uta No Prince-Sama
? Togainu No Chi

The Contenders

11 Zero Escape

999 is a masterpiece, plain and simple. It is so mind bendingly good that it honestly invalidates the existence of its own sequels, neither of which are nearly as good. Virtue's Last Reward feels somewhat bloated and lifeless at times, and Zero Time Dilemma just isn't as tight and engaging an experience. Striking the perfect balance between escape room puzzles and gameplay, 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors is an enigmatic, engrossing game that immediately captivates you and doesn't let go until you've seen the true ending through to the end. It explores fascinating concepts regarding the nature of human consciousness, and the characters manage to keep its more esoteric and abstract ideas grounded in solid, relatable reality. Near perfect if you ask me.

The game takes stereotypical-looking characters and subverts them and morphs them into new subtypes.

Includes both '999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors' and 'Virtue's Last Reward'. I didn't know if both should have been entered separately as they are both in the same series

Awesome series that deserves much more recognition. If you have a DS or 3DS, PLAY THESE!

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12 Grisaia no Kajitsu

The big difference between games, is if you play a game and remember it or not. most of games we just play it, and in 1 month we do not even recall the characters name, Grisaia is something you will remember, and is sad, as after 2 years and hundreds of games, I still recall everything of this plot, meaning that I'm unable to play it again.

13 Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Best story ever told.

I dunno if this VN is not on #1. I mean, this VN is perfect, it has best romance, best plot twist, best mystery,best villain, and best life lesson. well the only downside of this VN is just too long. But I think its totally worth it

One of the best and most creative plots ever.

A unique take on the concept of "fiction" itself, which will change your view of it overall

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14 Little Busters!

Love this game, best thing key have made.


This is one of key's should be at least in the top five.

15 Shuffle


16 HuniePop
17 G-Senjou no Maou

This is one of the best vns I have ever played

18 Amagami
19 Hotel Dusk: Room 215

This was brilliant and Last Window was even better. With a fantastic art style, chilled out atmosphere and engaging series of interweaving mysteries, these are among the most underrated games out there.

Absolutely fantastic story from start to finish, great film noir style, and immersive atmosphere. An absolute must play on the Nintendo DS!

20 Ever 17

The music and artwork in this game are simply amazing. The characters are very well thought out, and the story is awesome as well. If you want a first rate adventure novel, with mystery, sci-fi, and romance mixed in, then this is for you.

21 Dramatical Murder

I love this visual novel! Should be higher on the list!

22 Saya no Uta
23 ef - A fairy tale of two
24 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
25 Kara no Shoujo
26 Nekopara
27 Muv-Luv Alternative

Better than steins gate

28 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

I don’t get why everyone liked the second game over the
first one. I found the characters of the first game to be more likable and less
generic. Also, thanks to this game, I found my favorite anime character
(because the first game has an anime, unlike SOME GAMES from the series) and a
human version of Undertale’s Papyrus, so there’s that.

29 Everlasting Summer
30 Utawarerumono


31 Cross Channel
32 Sweet Pool

This game is basically the yaoi version of Saya no Uta. They're both gory but they're really good. - AO1-H1KAR1

33 Angel Beats!
34 Tsukihime

Really good stories, that make you get involved in the game, its true that the VN feels "old" and kinda tiring for some moments, but it´s still a a "classic" and a pretty enjoyable game

35 Hourglass of Summer

Over a decade, and still my favorite visual novel ever - taishisohma

36 Rewrite

In my opinion, even if you don't like the story, which is still great, the soundtrack is the greatest soundtrack out of anything ever.

37 Katahane
38 Ambre
39 Asagao Academy
40 Narcissu

The atmosphere is amazing and it has some of the most memorable music. The story will make a man cry. This novel is highly recommended. If you want a tear-jerker, then Narcissu and Ever 17 are some of the best.

41 Quartett
42 Majikoi Oh Samurai Girls

Great vn

43 The Letter

Great vn, also very beautiful

44 Fate/Hollow Ataraxia
45 Mystic Messenger
46 Wolf Toxic
47 Diabolik Lovers Diabolik Lovers Diabolik Lovers is a Japanese visual novel franchise by Rejet. The first game was released on October 11, 2012 for the PlayStation Portable. Three more games have been released since them with the first two games having been ported for the PlayStation Vita with the subtitle "Limited V Edition". more.
48 Sonic Colors

Did you know that Guitar Hero is my favorite JRPG?

49 White Album 2
50 Lamento: Beyond the Void
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Top Remixes

1. Fate/Stay Night
2. Steins;Gate
3. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
1. Hotel Dusk: Room 215
2. Ace Attorney
3. Zero Escape
1. Grisaia no Kajitsu
2. HuniePop
3. Katawa Shoujo



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