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.

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!

The greatest masterpiece of all time

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

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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 ...read 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

Best thing ever

4 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

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

5 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)

6 Kanon
7 Katawa Shoujo

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!

Great story, hits you right in the feels and goes after a topic most VN's don't. AND FREE. Mad props. Fantastic game.

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8 Ace Attorney

The Ace Attorney series is the GOAT - MilesRS777

Phoenix Wright is AWESOME

Why is it not at #1?

9 Air
10 Doki Doki Literature Club!

Absolutely beautiful. While it is a little deceiving, it's worth its honestly short play time. It hits, and it hits hard. You're thrown through a disturbing roller coaster, and left with Monika's "Your Reality" playing as the credits roll, giving this game a much more sad feel. It's something I'd recommend to (almost) everyone

You need to play it to know why

You should play it once.

I mean, it takes a visual novel and puts it into an entirely new perspective about how it was all just a game and what not. it was absolutely amazing. the music is amazing. the characters. the storyline. all amazing. it takes everything you ever knew about a dating sim and flipped it on its head. it even made me cry! some people dislike it for reasons I don't know. I just don't get how. its spot on. - ItsAShipDad

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The Contenders

11 Grisaia no Kajitsu
12 Zero Escape

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!

Includes the games Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Virtues's Last Reward, and Zero Time Dilemma. 999 is for the DS and coming to PC and PS4, Virtue's Last Reward is for 3DS, PS Vita, and is also coming to the PC and PS4 (both this and 999 are coming in a game called The Nonary Games) and then Zero Time Dilemma is for 3DS, PS Vita, and PC. All 3 of these are great games that tell a gripping story.

13 Umineko no Naku Koro ni

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

A mystery story will live in your head forever

Best story ever told.

14 Little Busters!

Love this game, best thing key have made.

EPIC!

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

15 Shuffle

fun!

16 HuniePop
17 G-Senjou no Maou

This is one of the best vns I have ever played

18 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.

19 Amagami
20 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!

21 Dramatical Murder

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

22 ef - A fairy tale of two
23 Saya no Uta
24 Kara no Shoujo
25 Utawarerumono

GRATE

26 Nekopara
27 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
28 Cross Channel
29 Sweet Pool

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

30 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.

31 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.

32 Muv-Luv Alternative

Better than steins gate

33 Katahane
34 Ambre
35 Asagao Academy
36 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.

37 Quartett
38 Majikoi Oh Samurai Girls

Great vn

39 Angel Beats!
40 Tsukihime
41 The Letter

Great vn, also very beautiful

42 Fate/Hollow Ataraxia
43 Hourglass of Summer

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

44 Mystic Messenger
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Top Remixes

1. Fate/Stay Night
2. Steins;Gate
3. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
ModernSpongeBobSucks
1. Hotel Dusk: Room 215
2. Ace Attorney
3. Zero Escape
MilesRS777
1. Grisaia no Kajitsu
2. HuniePop
3. Katawa Shoujo
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