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Visual Novels on Steam

There are currently 3,751 games tagged as Visual Novel on Steam, of which 2,262 can be mapped onto VNDB titles.

Generated from a sample of 500,004 Steam users, of which 193,248 (38.6%) 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+9,903 / -8296.1%
Senren*Banka Trial version+9,903 / -8296.1%
Firework+26,942 / -53695.8%
Our Life: Beginnings & Always+7,425 / -8395.6%
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action+28,927 / -67995.6%
Tiny Bunny+8,455 / -10895.5%
ATRI -My Dear Moments-+8,280 / -11095.5%
ATRI -My Dear Moments- Demo+8,278 / -11095.5%
Doki Doki Literature Club+173,518 / -605995.4%
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy+15,532 / -36195.1%
CLANNAD+6,142 / -9095.1%
海沙风云 Far Away+4,214 / -5794.7%
STEINS;GATE+12,522 / -32794.7%
Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag…+12,640 / -36194.5%
Aventura Copilului Albastru și Urât+2,169 / -1494.5%
Riddle Joker+2,901 / -3394.5%
NEKOPARA Vol. 2+11,814 / -34294.4%
NEKOPARA Vol. 4+7,187 / -17494.4%
NEKOPARA Vol. 3+11,104 / -32394.3%
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!+16,075 / -54894.2%
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc+22,771 / -85494.1%
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair+19,766 / -72294.1%
Aokana - Four Rhythms Across the Blue+3,174 / -5594.1%
Marco & The Galaxy Dragon+4,138 / -8894.0%
Maitetsu:Last Run!!+2,117 / -2494.0%

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

TitleUsers (%)
Doki Doki Literature Club53,811 (11%)
Orwell49,676 (10%)
Emily is Away27,357 (5%)
Aviary Attorney16,968 (3%)
Sakura Spirit16,842 (3%)
Everlasting Summer16,317 (3%)
Purrfect Date14,798 (3%)
Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~14,646 (3%)
NEKOPARA Vol. 014,538 (3%)
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action14,063 (3%)
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend13,790 (3%)
NEKOPARA Vol. 113,516 (3%)
Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York13,398 (3%)
2064: Read Only Memories13,072 (3%)
Emily is Away Too12,885 (3%)
Paradise Killer12,518 (3%)
The 39 Steps12,469 (2%)
Pesterquest12,446 (2%)
Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York12,168 (2%)
Hatoful Boyfriend11,868 (2%)
Sakura Angels11,770 (2%)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc11,656 (2%)
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest11,622 (2%)
Night Call11,020 (2%)
Eliza10,619 (2%)

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

YearTitleRating
2022Sucker for Love93.5%
2021Firework95.8%
2020Senren*Banka96.1%
2019Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy95.1%
2018Summer Pockets93.7%
2017Doki Doki Literature Club95.4%
2016VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action95.6%
2015fault - milestone two side: above92.7%
2014Everlasting Summer94.0%
2013fault - milestone one89.4%
2012Analogue: A Hate Story89.0%
2011Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~83.4%
2010Date Warp81.6%
2009Bionic Heart68.6%
2008Heileen 1: Sail Away53.9%

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

YearTitleUsers (%)
2022Persona 4 Arena Ultimax2,115 (0%)
2021Dagon8,632 (2%)
2020Paradise Killer12,518 (3%)
2019Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York13,398 (3%)
2018Hiveswap Friendsim9,215 (2%)
2017Doki Doki Literature Club53,811 (11%)
2016Orwell49,676 (10%)
2015Emily is Away27,357 (5%)
2014Sakura Spirit16,842 (3%)
2013The 39 Steps12,469 (2%)
2012Analogue: A Hate Story8,384 (2%)
2011Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~14,646 (3%)
2010Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook1,522 (0%)
2009Heileen 2: The Hands Of Fate1,816 (0%)
2008Heileen 1: Sail Away1,768 (0%)

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

TitleAvg. WeightSimilarity
Anime-48%
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-25%
Text-Based-25%
Female Protagonist-25%
Sexual Content-24%
Cute-23%
Emotional-21%
Nudity-21%
Conversation-20%
Mystery-19%
Adventure-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 (%)
Adventure0.792,397 (64%)
Indie0.722,348 (63%)
Singleplayer0.422,225 (59%)
Anime0.612,168 (58%)
Casual0.782,149 (57%)
Story Rich0.562,125 (57%)
2D0.581,463 (39%)
Cute0.571,181 (31%)
Female Protagonist0.571,073 (29%)
Multiple Endings0.591,056 (28%)
Choices Matter0.601,048 (28%)
Romance0.581,040 (28%)
Simulation0.741,006 (27%)
RPG0.77947 (25%)
Sexual Content0.62943 (25%)
Dating Sim0.64885 (24%)
Interactive Fiction0.71875 (23%)
Atmospheric0.55809 (22%)
Nudity0.60809 (22%)
Choose Your Own Adventure0.69758 (20%)
Mystery0.57662 (18%)
Fantasy0.53623 (17%)
Drama0.56602 (16%)
Comedy0.54595 (16%)
Funny0.57581 (15%)