Top Rated Visual Novels

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published on July 11, 2021

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Continuing my binge into Visual Novels, I've compiled this list based on top-rated Visual Novels primarily on VNDB, only including those with an OFFICIAL English release.

I included the Top 40; then I got bored. There are only 33 entries as 7 do not have an official English release, although Rewrite should be receiving one soon.


1


Muv-Luv Alternative

1 Rated on VNDB.

I have read this one.
Reading Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited is required prior to this one. Both are under a collection simply titled "Muv-Luv".

2


Steins;Gate

2 Rated on VNDB.

I've read the Elite version of this release, which includes animated visuals but did apparently remove some scenes (or so I've heard).

3


Umineko When They Cry - Answer Arcs

3 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.
If you're interested, read the Question Arcs first.

4


Umineko When They Cry - Question Arcs

4 Rated on VNDB.

I have read this one.

5


Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth

6 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.
Recommended you read Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen and Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception prior to this one; or watch the anime.

The House in Fata Morgana

7 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.

7


Baldr Sky Dive2: Recordare

8 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.
English release compiled games #1 and #2 into a single package simply named "Baldr Sky" on Steam.
I'd recommend reading #1 first, although I don't have any knowledge that says it's required, I'm just making an assumption.

8


Higurashi When They Cry: Chapter 5 - Meakashi

10 Rated on VNDB (kind of)

I have not read this one.
Original Japanese release was chapter by chapter, later compiled into a collection known as "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai" that includes chapters 5-8. English release refractured this game and sold chapters 5-8 separately. I did not want to list all 4 chapters.

9


Clannad

11 Rated on VNDB

I have read this one.

10


Wonderful Everyday Down the Rabbit-Hole

13 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.

11


Little Busters! English Edition

14 Rated on VNDB.

I have read this one.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations

15 Rated on VNDB.

I have read this one.
Reading Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney AND Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All is basically required for the full impact of cases in this game.

Ever 17: the out of infinity

17 Rated on VNDB (wow, what are the chances?)

I have not read or even heard of this one.
I did some research and it had an official English release way back in 2005, but I can't find any more recent digital releases for it.

14


9-nine-:Episode 4

18 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.
Episodes 1-3 should be read first.

15


Higurashi When They Cry: Chapter 1 - Onikakushi

19 Rated on VNDB (kind of).

I have read 2 of 4 chapters for this one.
Similar situation to Chapters 5-8, this specifically refers to the Chapters 1-4 collection. That being said, Chapters 1-4 were fragmented for release in English so yeah, Chapters 1-4 in this spot.

16


The Fruit of Grisaia

21 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.

17


Summer Pockets

22 Rated on VNDB.

I have read this one.

18


Kara no Shoujo 2

23 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.
Surprisingly, you should read Kara no Shoujo first. It's a very good mystery and I'd recommend it.

19


The Devil on G-String

24 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.

20


Aokana: Four Rhythms Across the Blue

25 Rated on VNDB.

I have read this one.

21


Majikoi! Love Me Seriously!

26 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All

28 Rated on VNDB.

I have read this one.
Recommended you read Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney first, although it's not strictly necessary.

23


Sengoku Rance

29 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.

999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

30 Rated on VNDB.

I have read this one.
You should read the first 998 games first though!

...just kidding, it's the first in its series...

25


Chaos;Child

31 Rated on VNDB.

I have read this one.
Difficult to recommend: it's got an original plot, although it borrows on some things that happened in its "prequel" Chaos;Head, which does not have an official English release. There were moments I was confused which I assume was because I did not read Chaos;Head, nor did I watch the anime, specifically regarding the 'murders from five years ago'.

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

32 Rated on VNDB.

I have read this one.
Strongly recommend you read "999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors" first.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

33 Rated on VNDB.

I have read this one.
Strongly recommend you read "Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc" first.

Collar X Malice

34 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.

29


The House in Fata Morgana: A Requiem for Innocence

35 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.
I'm assuming you would read The House in Fata Morgana first, though.

30


428: Shibuya Scramble

36 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.
You should read the first 427 games first though.

...I used this joke already, but yeah it's a standalone story. It's very goofy from what I've seen.

31


Kinkoi: Golden Loveriche

37 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read or even heard of this one.

32


Hashihime of the Old Book Town

38 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception

39 Rated on VNDB.

I have not read this one.
Might sound strange, but reading Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen is not required as this game has a separate cast, but it is recommended. Apparently Mask of Truth brings both stories together but this is just going off my very surface-level knowledge of this series.


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