Visual novel

Game genre theme

Sug-genre of adventure games. Easily confusable with dating sims with which visual novels share their outward appearance, but the emphasis is on non-gamelike elements and the lack of use of statistics or other numerical data.


Name variations: NVL, ADV, AVG

The first video game about Visual novel was released in 1986.

Sekai Project, Alice Soft and 07th Expansion has published most of these games

NVL and AVG/ADV relate to how text is displayed on screen and are irrelevant for this tag. For the curious NVL refers to text occupying full screen with multiple lines of dialog and description occupying same space while the others refer to part-screen where they function more like speech and thought bubbles.
Often used for eroge.

See also: gamebooks, dating sim

Parent group


Child group

Kinetic novel

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