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Visual Novels on Steam

There are currently 1,878 games tagged as Visual Novel on Steam, of which 1,425 can be mapped onto VNDB titles.

Generated from a sample of 255,179 Steam users, of which 102,260 (40.1%) own a game that can be mapped to VNDB.

Rating Distribution

Release Year

Best User Reviews
The highest rated Visual Novels by Steam user reviews

Title+ / -Rating
planetarian HD+1,183 / -1297.9%
月影魅像-解放之羽-+723 / -697.8%
CLANNAD+2,897 / -4797.7%
Flowers -Le volume sur ete-+337 / -197.5%
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action+17,291 / -39697.5%
Aokana - Four Rhythms Across the Blue+947 / -1297.4%
Sabbat of the Witch+819 / -1097.4%
Miracle snack shop 기적의 분식집…+241 / -097.3%
Hello Charlotte: Childhood's End+413 / -397.2%
STEINS;GATE+7,145 / -16997.2%
千面 Melancholy Love+345 / -297.1%
NEKOPARA Vol. 2+9,263 / -24397.0%
NEKOPARA Vol. 3+8,595 / -22797.0%
NEKOPARA Extra+1,898 / -4096.9%
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy /…+4,045 / -10396.8%
Doki Doki Literature Club+120,565 / -399396.7%
Fluffy Store+977 / -1996.6%
fault - milestone two side:above+2,104 / -5296.6%
祈風 Inorikaze+186 / -096.6%
The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me+768 / -1496.5%
Fox Hime Zero+2,132 / -5496.5%
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc+8,637 / -27296.4%
Angels with Scaly Wings+1,061 / -2396.4%
Miracle snack shop 기적의 분식집+1,624 / -4096.4%
planetarian ~the reverie of a little…+1,571 / -4096.3%

Most Popular Games
The most popular Visual Novels within our sample of Steam users

TitleUsers (%)
Doki Doki Literature Club31,887 (12%)
Emily is Away19,440 (8%)
Everlasting Summer13,367 (5%)
Sakura Spirit12,203 (5%)
NEKOPARA Vol. 011,951 (5%)
The 39 Steps11,374 (4%)
Aviary Attorney10,737 (4%)
NEKOPARA Vol. 110,239 (4%)
Monster Prom9,592 (4%)
Sakura Angels9,210 (4%)
A Detective's Novel8,844 (3%)
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend8,832 (3%)
Purrfect Date8,450 (3%)
Sixtieth Kilometer8,417 (3%)
Soul Gambler8,266 (3%)
Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius8,257 (3%)
2064: Read Only Memories8,086 (3%)
NEKOPARA Vol. 28,000 (3%)
Emily is Away Too7,946 (3%)
fault - milestone one7,900 (3%)
Sakura Beach7,862 (3%)
Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~7,806 (3%)
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action7,726 (3%)
Sakura Beach 27,698 (3%)
Sakura Fantasy Chapter 17,495 (3%)

Best User Reviews
The highest rated Visual Novels by Steam user reviews by year released

YearTitleRating
2020千面 Melancholy Love97.1%
2019月影魅像-解放之羽-97.8%
2018Flowers -Le volume sur ete-97.5%
2017planetarian HD97.9%
2016VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action97.5%
2015fault - milestone two side:above96.6%
2014NEKOPARA Vol. 195.4%
2013fault - milestone one92.3%
2012Analogue: A Hate Story92.0%
2011Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~86.2%
2010Date Warp83.9%
2009Bionic Heart62.7%
2008Heileen 1: Sail Away43.3%

Most Popular Games
The most popular Visual Novels within our sample of Steam users by year released

YearTitleUsers (%)
2020Grimm & Tonic1,408 (1%)
2019I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator3,238 (1%)
2018Monster Prom9,592 (4%)
2017Doki Doki Literature Club31,887 (12%)
2016A Detective's Novel8,844 (3%)
2015Emily is Away19,440 (8%)
2014Everlasting Summer13,367 (5%)
2013The 39 Steps11,374 (4%)
2012Analogue: A Hate Story5,401 (2%)
2011Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~7,806 (3%)
2010Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook1,265 (0%)
2009Heileen 2: The Hands Of Fate1,519 (1%)
2008Heileen 1: Sail Away1,521 (1%)

Most Similar Tags
The most similar tags to "Visual Novel"

TitleAvg. WeightSimilarity
Anime-52%
Romance-41%
Dating Sim-37%
Otome-33%
Story Rich-27%
Sexual Content-26%
Female Protagonist-25%
Nudity-25%
Multiple Endings-23%
LGBTQ+-21%
Choices Matter-19%
Mature-18%
Cute-18%
Adventure-17%
Mystery-17%
Interactive Fiction-15%
Casual-14%
Indie-14%
Singleplayer-12%
Choose Your Own Adventure-12%
Psychological Horror-12%
Great Soundtrack-12%
Detective-10%
NSFW-10%
Simulation-8%

Most Common Tags
The most common other tags applied to Visual Novels

TitleAvg. WeightGames (%)
Indie0.831,550 (83%)
Adventure0.791,394 (74%)
Anime0.521,281 (68%)
Casual0.761,181 (63%)
Story Rich0.40810 (43%)
Singleplayer0.33748 (40%)
Nudity0.63670 (36%)
Sexual Content0.69666 (35%)
Female Protagonist0.44593 (32%)
Simulation0.72566 (30%)
Great Soundtrack0.35441 (23%)
RPG0.75441 (23%)
Romance0.37411 (22%)
Cute0.35393 (21%)
Dating Sim0.41349 (19%)
Atmospheric0.33332 (18%)
Choices Matter0.39293 (16%)
2D0.27293 (16%)
Mystery0.42281 (15%)
Psychological Horror0.29269 (14%)
Mature0.39263 (14%)
Violent0.61254 (14%)
Horror0.36244 (13%)
Funny0.34233 (12%)
Comedy0.32229 (12%)