The visual novel genre and the Android platform are a match made on heaven. Between the ports and some exclusives, we’ve gathered 7 of the Best Visual Novel games for Android, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and let’s start reading.
Talking about visual novels is unthinkable without mentioning Steins;Gate, the critically acclaimed phenomenon that it’s considered by many as the best of its genre.
Getting it in Android may be tough, as the game’s only available in Japanese as of right now. However, there’s an English patch floating around the Internet which is very easy to install. This time travel thriller is best enjoyed without knowing anything beforehand, so make sure to jump straight into it if you consider yourself a fan of the genre.
Get Steins;Gate here.
Here’s another of the Science Adventure Series ports games, from the hand of Steins;Gate developers. Chaos;Child takes place on a reconstructed Shibuya, where a series of mysterious murders are taking place, and you must solve them.
Just like Steins;Gate, unfortunately, the game requires an English patch to be enjoyed, so have that in mind before buying it.
Get Chaos;Child here.
3. Mysterious Forum and 7 Rumors
Mysterious Forum and 7 Rumors is a sometimes light-hearted, sometimes horror visual novel exclusive to the Android platform. Its story revolves around a supposedly haunted forum, where the rumors that get posted there become real.
The whole game lasts around two hours and entirely free, so it’s definitely worth a shot if you’re into spooky stuff.
Get Mysterious Forum and 7 Rumors here.
4. KATAWA SHOUJO
The famous self-proclaimed “crying game” developed by Four Leaf Studios has also made its way into Android in the form of fan ports, which are completely free even if a bit cumbersome to download.
Take note that this game’s not suitable for all public, as it touches very strong subjects and also has some +18 content.
We can’t provide download links for this one, but a quick Google search should do the trick!
5. SPIRIT OF JUSTICE AND APOLLO JUSTICE: ACE ATTORNEY
Ported from the 3DS, the Ace Attorney games are fantastic visual novels in which you are an attorney who has to defend their clients against all odds in order to prove their innocence. These games stand out from the crowd because of their trial scenes, which are highly interactive and a very welcome breath of fresh air in the genre.
These games are lengthy on their own, but there’s an entire series of them waiting for you if you’re willing to get your hands in the world of emulation.
You can get both games here.
6. ACE ATTORNEY INVESTIGATIONS – MILES EDGEWORTH
Ace Attorney Investigations is a spinoff of the main series, as now you play as a prosecutor and not an attorney. This means that the action takes now place outside of the courtroom, with you having to investigate crime scenes and interrogate people in order to discover the truth.
The game may be a bit more interactive than your average visual novel, but you should give it a shot nonetheless.
Get Ace Attorney Investigations – Miles Edgeworth here.
7. DANGANRONPA DUOLOGY
The Danganronpa games follow the tale of 16 students who are trapped and forced to kill each other in order to be freed, all under the strict supervision of a talking, diabolic bear that’s looking forward to causing despair in any given moment. Loved by the critic and fans alike, these games shine in their famous trial scenes, very satisfying interactive debates full of eureka moments and crazy turns. If all of this sounded too weird for you, don’t worry, because it is. Regardless, these are fantastic stories that every visual novel fan deserves to play.
These may be, sadly, the most demanding game out of the entire list, as they have to be emulated in order to be played using PPSSPP, which is not low end friendly in the slightest. The emulator is, however, completely free, so it’s worth giving it a shot and see if it works.
You can get the emulator here.
These are 7 of the Best Visual Novel games for Android available as of today! If you have any suggestions of think we might have missed any, please let us know in the comments!
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