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Visual Novels on Steam

There are currently 3,835 games tagged as Visual Novel on Steam, of which 2,338 can be mapped onto VNDB titles.

Generated from a sample of 500,004 Steam users, of which 194,074 (38.8%) 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
Senren*Banka Trial version+10,195 / -7996.2%
Senren*Banka+10,193 / -7996.2%
Firework+27,411 / -54295.9%
Our Life: Beginnings & Always+7,615 / -8895.6%
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action+29,121 / -68695.6%
ATRI -My Dear Moments- Demo+8,495 / -11295.5%
ATRI -My Dear Moments-+8,482 / -11295.5%
Tiny Bunny+8,605 / -11695.5%
Doki Doki Literature Club+174,700 / -612895.4%
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy+15,902 / -37395.1%
CLANNAD+6,211 / -9195.1%
海沙风云 Far Away+4,317 / -5894.8%
STEINS;GATE+12,705 / -32994.7%
Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag…+13,151 / -37394.5%
Riddle Joker+2,957 / -3394.5%
Aventura Copilului Albastru și Urât+2,182 / -1494.5%
NEKOPARA Vol. 2+11,821 / -34794.4%
NEKOPARA Vol. 3+11,126 / -32294.4%
NEKOPARA Vol. 4+7,233 / -17794.4%
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!+16,525 / -56594.2%
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc+22,938 / -86894.1%
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair+19,943 / -73794.1%
Marco & The Galaxy Dragon+4,199 / -8894.1%
Maitetsu:Last Run!!+2,193 / -2694.0%
Aokana - Four Rhythms Across the Blue+3,276 / -6294.0%

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

TitleUsers (%)
Doki Doki Literature Club54,001 (11%)
Orwell49,689 (10%)
Emily is Away27,459 (5%)
Aviary Attorney16,988 (3%)
Sakura Spirit16,846 (3%)
Everlasting Summer16,385 (3%)
Purrfect Date14,819 (3%)
Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~14,649 (3%)
NEKOPARA Vol. 014,545 (3%)
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action14,085 (3%)
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend13,822 (3%)
NEKOPARA Vol. 113,527 (3%)
Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York13,451 (3%)
2064: Read Only Memories13,086 (3%)
Emily is Away Too12,955 (3%)
Paradise Killer12,596 (3%)
Pesterquest12,508 (3%)
The 39 Steps12,472 (2%)
Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York12,220 (2%)
Hatoful Boyfriend11,872 (2%)
Sakura Angels11,776 (2%)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc11,712 (2%)
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest11,674 (2%)
Night Call11,039 (2%)
Eliza10,646 (2%)

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

YearTitleRating
2022Sucker for Love93.4%
2021Firework95.9%
2020Senren*Banka Trial version96.2%
2019Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy95.1%
2018Summer Pockets93.8%
2017Doki Doki Literature Club95.4%
2016VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action95.6%
2015fault - milestone two side: above92.7%
2014Everlasting Summer93.9%
2013fault - milestone one89.4%
2012Analogue: A Hate Story89.0%
2011Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~83.4%
2010Date Warp81.2%
2009Bionic Heart68.6%
2008Heileen 1: Sail Away53.6%

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

YearTitleUsers (%)
2022Persona 4 Arena Ultimax2,189 (0%)
2021Dagon8,862 (2%)
2020Paradise Killer12,596 (3%)
2019Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York13,451 (3%)
2018Hiveswap Friendsim9,308 (2%)
2017Doki Doki Literature Club54,001 (11%)
2016Orwell49,689 (10%)
2015Emily is Away27,459 (5%)
2014Sakura Spirit16,846 (3%)
2013The 39 Steps12,472 (2%)
2012Analogue: A Hate Story8,388 (2%)
2011Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~14,649 (3%)
2010Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook1,529 (0%)
2009Heileen 2: The Hands Of Fate1,821 (0%)
2008Heileen 1: Sail Away1,770 (0%)

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

TitleAvg. WeightSimilarity
Anime-47%
Romance-47%
Dating Sim-44%
Story Rich-37%
Interactive Fiction-36%
Multiple Endings-35%
Choose Your Own Adventure-31%
Choices Matter-31%
LGBTQ+-31%
Otome-28%
Drama-26%
Text-Based-25%
Female Protagonist-25%
Sexual Content-24%
Cute-22%
Emotional-22%
Nudity-21%
Conversation-20%
Adventure-20%
Mystery-19%
2D-19%
Singleplayer-18%
Casual-17%
Mature-17%
Comedy-16%

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

TitleAvg. WeightGames (%)
Adventure0.782,461 (64%)
Indie0.722,389 (62%)
Singleplayer0.422,296 (60%)
Anime0.612,220 (58%)
Story Rich0.572,199 (57%)
Casual0.782,198 (57%)
2D0.581,518 (40%)
Cute0.571,213 (32%)
Female Protagonist0.571,097 (29%)
Multiple Endings0.591,095 (29%)
Choices Matter0.611,088 (28%)
Romance0.581,065 (28%)
Simulation0.741,032 (27%)
RPG0.77976 (25%)
Sexual Content0.63960 (25%)
Interactive Fiction0.71920 (24%)
Dating Sim0.64908 (24%)
Atmospheric0.55843 (22%)
Nudity0.60823 (21%)
Choose Your Own Adventure0.69792 (21%)
Mystery0.57683 (18%)
Fantasy0.53647 (17%)
Drama0.57630 (16%)
Comedy0.55614 (16%)
Funny0.57598 (16%)