The six greatest visual novels on PC worth playing

The six greatest visual novels on PC worth playing ...

During the tail end of the 20th century, visual novels were introduced in Japan. Others focused on adult content, while others focused on engaging worlds where players could build friendships, solve problems, save the world, or find true love. Others allow you to mingle with local androids and sell drinks to make a quick profit.

Visual novels provide some of the finest video game writing today, from dating simulations to horror stories, to epic science fiction stories with multiple timelines, in no particular order.

428: Shibuya Scramble

428: Shibuya Scramble, published by the well-known Japanese magazine Famitsu, is a must-play for visual novel enthusiasts. The game revolves around the kidnapping of Maria Osawa, who was kidnapped the previous night at a party. A young detective, a former gang leader, a journalist, and an amnesiac girl stuck in a cat costume.

The game evolves from this minor issue to something huge that puts everyone in Shibuya in danger. 428 is divided into one-hour time blocks where you must make the correct choices as all five characters in order to go to the next time block. Thanks to the helpful JUMP system, you may return to any decision later in the game.

The 40+ hour narrative in this game is incredibly engaging. 428: Shibuya Scrambles manages to balance everything so well, it's no wonder why this game is loved by everyone who has played it.

AI: The Somnium Files

Kotaro Uchikoshi has written some fantastic visual novels, such as Ever 17 and the Zero Escape trilogy. However, we believe AI: Somnium Files is his best game to date. In this mystery visual novel, you play as Kaname Date, who is assigned to a serial murder case known as the Cyclops Serial Killings where each victim has their left eye removed. In order to discover clues that would lead him to the killer.

Uchikoshi's signature feature is the ability to keep you guessing. This game also features some amazing characters that are brought to life by the powerful writing.

Aviary Attorney

Aviary Attorney is a comedy game that takes you back to 1848 France and has you step into the shoes of Jayjay Falcon, a bird attorney who will ensure that his client receives that not guilty verdict. Just like Ace Attorney, you'll collect evidence over a period of days and then try to present your case in court.

The fact that Aviary Attorney differs from Ace Attorney is that the former has different paths. In Aviary Attorney, situations may play out differently depending on your choices and whether or not you have the correct evidence. It's important that you spend your time wisely during investigation days to avoid court.

This game is rather unusual in its style. Instead of anime characters, the game uses J.J. Grandville, a 19th century French artist famous for drawing aristocrats and politicians as animals. A lot of the characters are over the top and hilarious. Added in with the games funny writing, you'll be laughing to the core.


Gnosia is an interesting visual novel for all the reasons. You wake up on a spaceship with no memory and are told that some of the crew is Gnosia, an alien species that needs to be eradicated. However, you are stuck in the same situation when you wake up. The only way to escape the loop is to gather information about all your crew members.

Gnosia functions much like that in games like Among Us, Town of Salem, or Werewolf. On one loop, you might be a Doctor, someone who diagnoses that the deceased was a Gnosia. On another loop, you may actually be the Gnosia. Special events will help you uncover critical information about the cast that will help you get closer to breaking the loop.

What makes Gnosia so enjoyable to play is that on one loop, you will be friends with a character and may even have a touching event with them. On the next loop, you might be stabbing them in the back, which is quite worrisome.

Raging Loop

Haruaki Fusaishi is a young man who arrives in a remote village called Yasumizu after crash-crushing his motorcycle. During his time there, a heavy mist covers the entire village, keeping anyone from leaving until the feast is completed. It's up to everyone else to discover who the werewolf is and kill them before it's too late.

Raging Loop is an excellent psychological horror game that requires the player to choose their next move carefully unless it results in Haruakis' death. It does an excellent job of making every decision feel so important and that your life is pinned on it through its excellent writing.

The Letter

The Letter is a horror visual novel for those who loved Supermassives Until Dawn or The Quarry. You'll have to guess who you're going to defeat. They'll have to figure out how to get rid of the curse before it kills them.

The Letter is a breath of fresh air in a genre that relies less on jump scares and more on scaring you through its writing and effective sound design. Theyre not just there for the ghost to kill, they're fleshed out, they're real.

The letter's uniqueness is reflected in your choices. Depending on two characters' relationship with each other, they may end up getting together in the end. Or, if one of them absolutely hates each other, something else may happen. This will also depend on whether one of the characters is still alive.