Best Visual Novel Games on Steam

Steam currently has 8,068 Visual Novel games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Visual Novel game rankings were last updated on 5/19/2024.

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1. Senren*Banka

Senren*Banka is a Japanese-style visual novel produced by Yuzusoft, a Japanese developer of romance VNs. This game commemorated Yuzusoft's 10th anniversary. It won numerous awards on the year of its release in Japan for its art, music, and characters.

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Senren*Banka holds the #1 spot for "best Visual Novel game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 22,046 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 21,840 positive reviews and 206 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $34.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Senren*Banka on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $34.99
Release Date 2/14/2020
Franchise 株式会社HIKARI FIELD
Developer Yuzusoft
Publishers
Steam App Id 1144400

2. Helltaker

Helltaker is a short game about sharply dressed demon girls.

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Helltaker has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Visual Novel games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 118,207 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 115,603 positive reviews and 2,604 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Helltaker on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 5/11/2020
Developer vanripper
Publisher vanripper
Steam App Id 1289310

3. ATRI -My Dear Moments-

"As the world sank, I found you." In the near future, a sudden and unexplained sea rise has left much of human civilization underwater. In a little town slowly being enveloped by the ocean, an unforgettable summer is about to begin for a boy and a mysterious robot girl...

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ATRI -My Dear Moments- has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Visual Novel games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 15,634 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 15,447 positive reviews and 187 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $20.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $20.99
Release Date 6/18/2020
Franchise ANIPLEX.EXE
Developers
Publishers
Steam App Id 1230140

4. Firework

An accidental fire at a funeral forces the police to re-investigate a closed case of massacre. Lin Lixun participates the re-investigation by chances. As the investigation goes deeper, the past of the victims gradually emerges. However, the case becomes more bewildering.

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Firework has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Visual Novel games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 38,455 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 37,671 positive reviews and 784 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Firework on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 2/4/2021
Developer Shiying Studio
Publisher Gamera Games
Steam App Id 1288310

5. Our Life: Beginnings & Always

A twenty-dollar bill, four summers, fifteen years, and a one of a kind life. Create an experience that’s all your own in this near-fully customizable visual novel where you grow from childhood to adulthood with the lonely boy next door.

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Our Life: Beginnings & Always has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Visual Novel games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 11,016 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,896 positive reviews and 120 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Our Life: Beginnings & Always on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 11/16/2020
Franchise GB Patch Games
Developer GB Patch Games
Publisher GB Patch Games
Steam App Id 1129190

6. The Wolf Among Us

From the makers of the 2012 Game of the Year: The Walking Dead, comes a thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic books. As Bigby Wolf you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences.

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The Wolf Among Us has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Visual Novel games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 33,018 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 32,291 positive reviews and 727 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Wolf Among Us on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $7.49
Release Date 10/11/2013
Franchise Telltale Games
Developer Telltale
Publisher Telltale
Steam App Id 250320

7. VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is a booze em' up about waifus, technology, and post-dystopia life.

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VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Visual Novel games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 33,968 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 33,122 positive reviews and 846 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 6/21/2016
Franchise Ysbryd Games
Developer Sukeban Games
Publishers
Steam App Id 447530

8. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Become Phoenix Wright and experience the thrill of battle as you fight to save your innocent clients in a court of law. Play all 14 episodes, spanning the first three games, in one gorgeous collection.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Visual Novel games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 29,293 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 28,586 positive reviews and 707 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 4/9/2019
Developer CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
Publisher CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
Steam App Id 787480

9. Persona 4 Golden

A coming of age story that sets the protagonist and his friends on a journey kickstarted by a chain of serial murders.

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Persona 4 Golden has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Visual Novel games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 69,227 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 67,189 positive reviews and 2,038 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 6/13/2020
Franchise ATLUS
Developer ATLUS
Publisher SEGA
Steam App Id 1113000

10. CLANNAD

From the world renowned visual novel studio Key, the highly rated story of CLANNAD is now available on Steam! Improved visuals, achievement integration, and Dangopedia make this the best version of CLANNAD to date.

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CLANNAD has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Visual Novel games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,665 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,536 positive reviews and 129 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $44.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run CLANNAD on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $44.99
Release Date 11/23/2015
Franchise VISUAL ARTS
Developer VisualArts/Key
Publisher Sekai Project
Steam App Id 324160

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 1). Helltaker on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). ATRI -My Dear Moments- on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 3). Firework on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, March 30). Our Life: Beginnings & Always on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 19). The Wolf Among Us on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 21). VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 16). Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 17). Persona 4 Golden on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 13). CLANNAD on Steam. Steam Store.

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