7 Mar 2007
What are Visual Novels?
Visual Novels are interactive fiction games featuring mostly static graphics, usually with anime-style art. Resembling mixed-media novels, visual novels are classified as a sub-genre of adventure games, referred to as AVGs in Japanm where they make up nearly 70% of PC games released.
Player interaction is limited to clicking to keep the text, graphics and sound moving. The majority of visual novels feature multiple choice questions resulting in branching storylines and multiple endings.
Though Visual Novels are predominately only available in Japan, recent releases like Phoenix Wright for the Nintendo DS, may change all that.
Shi.org some free examples of fan-made or translated visual novels
Visual Novels.net featuring downloads and reviews on latest commercial releases
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