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Visual Novels on Steam

There are currently 1,297 games tagged as Visual Novel on Steam, of which 1,083 can be mapped onto VNDB titles.

Generated from a sample of 668,781 Steam users, of which 240,946 (36.0%) 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
Sabbat of the Witch+477 / -297.9%
planetarian HD+888 / -997.7%
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action+11,932 / -28697.3%
STEINS;GATE+5,547 / -13097.1%
NEKOPARA Vol. 3+7,550 / -19197.0%
NEKOPARA Extra+1,462 / -2897.0%
CLANNAD+1,844 / -3897.0%
fault - milestone two side:above+1,834 / -3896.9%
NEKOPARA Vol. 2+8,614 / -23396.9%
tayutama 2 -you're the only one-+1,351 / -2896.7%
Doki Doki Literature Club+106,618 / -347596.7%
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc+5,520 / -16396.5%
planetarian ~the reverie of a little…+1,463 / -3596.4%
Little Busters! English Edition+317 / -396.4%
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair+4,511 / -13996.3%
爱上火车-Pure Station-+751 / -1596.3%
Short Stories Collection of Class…+456 / -796.2%
Monobeno+308 / -495.8%
Cinderella Phenomenon+2,058 / -6695.8%
Kaori After Story+229 / -295.7%
STEINS;GATE 0+1,212 / -3795.5%
The House in Fata Morgana+605 / -1595.4%
Crystalline+736 / -2095.4%
ISLAND+342 / -695.4%
Angels with Scaly Wings+850 / -2595.3%

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

TitleUsers (%)
Doki Doki Literature Club76,464 (11%)
Emily is Away46,643 (7%)
Everlasting Summer30,372 (5%)
Sakura Spirit27,975 (4%)
NEKOPARA Vol. 027,205 (4%)
The 39 Steps24,829 (4%)
Aviary Attorney24,402 (4%)
NEKOPARA Vol. 123,422 (4%)
Sakura Angels20,769 (3%)
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend19,923 (3%)
A Detective's Novel19,467 (3%)
Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius18,800 (3%)
Sixtieth Kilometer18,209 (3%)
NEKOPARA Vol. 218,194 (3%)
2064: Read Only Memories17,765 (3%)
fault - milestone one17,601 (3%)
Sakura Beach17,570 (3%)
Emily is Away Too17,482 (3%)
Sakura Beach 217,134 (3%)
Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~17,122 (3%)
Soul Gambler17,079 (3%)
Sakura Fantasy Chapter 116,865 (3%)
Narcissu 1st & 2nd16,103 (2%)
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action16,068 (2%)
Purrfect Date15,771 (2%)

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

YearTitleRating
2019CHAOS;CHILD91.5%
2018Sabbat of the Witch97.9%
2017planetarian HD97.7%
2016VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action97.3%
2015CLANNAD97.0%
2014NEKOPARA Vol. 195.2%
2013fault - milestone one92.3%
2012Analogue: A Hate Story92.0%
2011Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~86.5%
2010Date Warp84.0%
2009Bionic Heart61.4%
2008Heileen 1: Sail Away42.0%

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

YearTitleUsers (%)
2019Endless Jade Sea -Midori no Umi-428 (0%)
2018MONMUSU6,353 (1%)
2017Doki Doki Literature Club76,464 (11%)
2016BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend19,923 (3%)
2015Emily is Away46,643 (7%)
2014Everlasting Summer30,372 (5%)
2013The 39 Steps24,829 (4%)
2012Analogue: A Hate Story11,228 (2%)
2011Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~17,122 (3%)
2010Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook2,486 (0%)
2009Heileen 2: The Hands Of Fate3,009 (0%)
2008Heileen 1: Sail Away3,086 (0%)

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

TitleAvg. WeightGames (%)
Indie0.821,095 (84%)
Adventure0.77953 (73%)
Anime0.57925 (71%)
Casual0.76797 (61%)
Nudity0.68485 (37%)
Story Rich0.43471 (36%)
Singleplayer0.36445 (34%)
Sexual Content0.74435 (34%)
Female Protagonist0.46405 (31%)
Simulation0.71379 (29%)
RPG0.74285 (22%)
Great Soundtrack0.38265 (20%)
Romance0.39265 (20%)
Dating Sim0.43244 (19%)
Cute0.38241 (19%)
Psychological Horror0.29181 (14%)
Atmospheric0.38174 (13%)
Mature0.41168 (13%)
Horror0.39164 (13%)
Choices Matter0.43162 (12%)
Violent0.67161 (12%)
Otome0.54160 (12%)
Fantasy0.37154 (12%)
Comedy0.34153 (12%)
Mystery0.45139 (11%)