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Focus On the Logo to Boot (First Time?)

Dreamspace is an animated cyberpunk comic-presented-as-visual-novel/adventure-game by artist Cryoclaire (potentially NSFW; artistic nudity) about networked psychedelics, consciousness expansion through underground social networks and gorgeous trippy neon GUIs. Like most cyberpunk fiction, the characters are all sunny, cheerful personalities, everyone has a good time and absolutely no one winds up crippled, dead or insane by the end.
posted by byanyothername on Sep 17, 2013 - 14 comments

Save The Date

Save The Date by Paper Dino Software starts out as a dating sim visual novel, but becomes rather something else. Windows Mac Linux downloads. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on Jun 4, 2013 - 14 comments

Your Swimsuit Jumped Over Its Own Weathercock, You Liar!

Your Swimsuit Jumped Over Its Own Weathercock, You Liar! is "A (questionably) ero visual novel whose text is entirely driven by Markov chains, with the exception of a few strategically-placed ellipses" by Amy Roberts
direct Windows/Mac/Linux download (via RockPaperShotgun/FreeIndieGam.es) NSFW for pixelated nudity.
posted by juv3nal on Jun 2, 2013 - 15 comments

The Video Games Women Make

"The experiences of women may not be easy to portray in the aggressive world of videogames. If such a game is made - and I hope it is - it will be because its creators demanded to be heard. It will be created because women made it." (Source)
While the vast majority of video game titles are designed primarily by men, women have been a part of video game development since the earliest arcades. Here are some of their games: [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder on Dec 1, 2012 - 40 comments

And this is how his summer with the alpaca begins.

Paca Plus is a visual novel that dares to ask the question: What if your girlfriend turned into an alpaca? It even has a theme song.
posted by 23 on Aug 9, 2012 - 15 comments

Analogue: A Hate Story

Analogue: A Hate Story is a mystery featuring transhumanism, traditional marriage, loneliness, and cosplay told through interaction with the AI and logs of a derelict colony ship, lost thousands of years ago. It is the latest visual novel from Christine Love (previously 1, 2, 3) The full thing is not free, but there is a demo.
posted by juv3nal on Feb 2, 2012 - 18 comments

Raita will be all over this

12 years ago, a Japanese doujin artist drew a sketch of five handicapped girls as an extra page, musing that it would make an interesting dating sim game. 5 years ago, a group of 4channers discussed making that game. Today, the free visual novel Katawa Shoujo was released for Windows, Mac and Linux. (previous discussion about demo) [more inside]
posted by dragoon on Jan 4, 2012 - 61 comments

Romancing pigeons in the park

Otome games - a subgenre of visual novel where a female protagonist romances one of a selection of male characters. (Make your own!)

Hatoful Boyfriend (TV Tropes) - a visual novel (download, English patch), where a female protagonist attends high school with, and romances, one of a selection of giant talking pigeons and one partridge. Also she lives in a cave and forages for food. [more inside]
posted by emmtee on Nov 30, 2011 - 25 comments

Yo dawg so I heard you like meta...

Umineko no Naku Koro ni (warning: that entire description is possibly a lie) is a dojin visual novel (or, as the creators prefer, a sound novel) that has recently reached its seventh chapter Japanese. In addition, a group called the Witch Hunt has recently released an English patch for the sixth chapter. Forming the third and fourth part of the When They Cry series that began with Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Umineko cranks the concept of metanarrative up to 11 and then breaks the knob. [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Aug 16, 2010 - 10 comments

Katawa Shoujo

Romance Game Monday: Katawa Shoujo is a free dating game that is in progress, but the first act is available for download on all major OSes and in several languages. Why is this on MetaFilter, when there are other free visual novels? Well, this one is made by a Western team that originated on 4chan's /b/ after Dojinshi artist Raita made a sketch of disabled school girls. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Aug 9, 2010 - 23 comments

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