Visual Novel tag
Tag created in June 2017
Visual Novel's popularity amongst developers
This chart shows the amount of games released over the years with the Visual Novel tag and the percentage of games released on Steam they account for. The releases count conveys the quantity of games published on Steam each year. It usually follows the increasing amount of Steam games released.
The percentage, on the other hand, gives a better view of the trend a tag follows. It shows if, in proportion, the Visual Novel tag is getting more or less popular. The Review chart will tell us if this trend is a good thing (i.e. players interest is increasing, tag is undercrowded) or if it's the opposite.
The Visual Novel game tag peaked in 2022 with 701 games released. The tag's popularity is in a range between 0.03% in 2011 and 0.7% in 2016.
Bear in mind that 2023 is not over yet. The number of releases will continue to increase, but the percentage is already a good estimate of things to come.
Visual Novel's popularity amongst players
On this chart, you can see the reviews for games associated with the Visual Novel tag, both as count and as a percentage of all Steam reviews, and the value for an average game. Note that if the chart is cluttered, you can always deactivate some lines by clicking on the legend.
The review count gives a view of the sheer amount of reviews a tag receives, but it also follows the popularity of Steam itself. That is why the normalized value as a percentage of all Steam reviews is often more interesting, as it gives you the popularity trend for Visual Novel tag games.
A standard game associated with this tag received on average between 2 (2010) and 365 (2014) reviews. Bear in mind that it is the average, and it can be strongly influenced by extreme values, like the release of a very popular game with this tag.
The reviews per game as a percentage of the average show that games in the Visual Novel tag received between 2% (2011) and 82% (2015) reviews compared to other tags.
Price of games tagged with Visual Novel
This chart displays the evolution of the Visual Novel tag's games price in USD over time, as well as the percentage of free games in this tag. Don't forget that a price should slowly increase year-on-year just to keep up with inflation.
The median game price peaked in 2014 at 9.99$, and bottomed in 2020 at 6.99$. The percentage of free to play peaked in 2020 at 18%, and bottomed in 2022 at 1%.
Positive reviews ratio for Visual Novel, per language
This graph shows an aggregated Steam rating for the whole Visual Novel tag, separated by language. It helps estimate how different audiences judge a game with this tag. A lower rating doesn't always mean that the audience doesn't enjoy that particular tag, as some cultures tend to always give lower scores. But it will affect a game's rating nonetheless.
The highest rating for Visual Novel is 95% for the Vietnamese language, and the lowest is 85% for the Simplified Chinese language.
|Analogue: A Hate Story
A dark visual mystery novel featuring transhumanism, traditional marriage, loneliness, and cosplay. Two pursuable characters. Five endings. Welcome to the future.
|Apr 27, 2012
|Magical Diary: Horse Hall
You have been invited to attend a magical school. You can make new friends, learn spells, face exams, run for class office, and try to find a date for the May Day Ball.
|May 31, 2012
Let's spend the next three real-time days together uncovering the mystery of what went horribly wrong on a derelict generation ship, with the help of a spunky/more-than-slightly-traumatized AI sidekick! A sequel to Analogue: A Hate Story that tells a whole new hate story of its own.
|Aug 19, 2013
|Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos
From Dischan Media, creators of the highly acclaimed Juniper's Knot, comes Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos.Dysfunctional Systems is a visual novel series featuring Winter Harrison, a student mediator from a utopian world. Learning to Manage Chaos is the first entry in the series.What is a mediator?
|Sep 26, 2013
|Long Live The Queen
Rule the world or die trying!Being a Princess is not an easy job. Being a Queen is even harder. Especially when you're only fourteen years old, and the reason you've inherited the throne is that your royal mother has just met an untimely end.Now power is up for grabs.
|Nov 8, 2013
|Narcissu 1st & 2nd
This is a story of disease and suffering; of medication and adverse effects; of thoracotomy scars and cellular poisons; of the living who cannot help but to die and of the dying who cannot help but to live; of a resting place other than "on 7F" or "at home".
|Apr 24, 2015
|WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.01
From the author of Spice and Wolf, Isuna Hasekura, comes WORLD END ECONOMiCA. This is the first episode out of three part sci-fi/economic thriller visual novel set on the moon.
|Jun 17, 2014
|fault - milestone one
fault is a series of Science Fantasy Cinematic Novels using a unique 3D Camera system for a visually immersive reading experience. Follow Selphine, the bubbly Princess and her sharp-witted Royal Guardian, Ritona, on their journey of a lifetime back to their homeland of Rughzenhaide.
|Dec 15, 2014
A visual novel/sim game about life, love, and working in the entertainment industry. Play as makeup artist Sian Goodin as she navigates the world of showbiz. Make friends, forge business relationships, and maybe even find romance!
|Aug 22, 2016
|Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook
The Flower Shop: a dating and farming sim game. Steve's life is in shambles: bad grades, rocky relationship, and forced to work on a farm for the summer. Join him in Fairbook as he navigates farm life, makes new friends, and maintains old relationships.
|May 16, 2014
|Always Remember Me
Amy is desperate! Her boyfriend Aaron doesn't remember her anymore after a car accident! Will you be able to make him remember again? Or perhaps it's time to move on. Maybe Amy will fall in love with someone else? It's up to you to decide. Play this life simulation game with dating sim elements and shape Amy's destiny.
|Apr 18, 2014
Planet Stronghold is a sci-fi role-playing game with a turn-based combat system. You take the role of a young, new recruit that somehow gets assigned to the most well-known, and well-defended, human outpost in the whole galaxy: Planet Stronghold.
|May 5, 2014
A mature take on Cinderella that's all about player choices and breaking the classic fairy tale in any way you like.
|May 1, 2014
Five days ago, Janet left her dorm to go on a date - and never came back. Was she kidnapped? Murdered? The truth may be even stranger. Solve puzzles to connect together pieces of the story in a science-fiction adventure with eleven possible endings!
|Sep 2, 2014
|Heileen 1: Sail Away
Embark with Heileen in a unforgettable voyage to the New World! Met with old friends, and make new ones. Find romance, avoid dangers and life your life to the fullest!
|Jun 6, 2014
|The House in Fata Morgana
A gothic suspense tale set in a cursed mansion. "The House in Fata Morgana" is a full-length visual novel spanning nearly a millennium that deals in tragedy, human nature, and insanity.
|May 13, 2016
|Heileen 3: New Horizons
Traveling with pirate Morgan, Heileen seeks her lost friends, aiming to reunite. This is just the start, as the story unfolds with a fixed game time to secure a romantic or career ending. The Virtues/Sins system from the second game is incorporated, with each choice molding Heileen's character.
|Jul 17, 2014
|Shan Gui (山桂)
It is the end of summer. Han Hui, a university student, meets a mysterious young girl named He Jia in the mountains. After this chance meeting, the two embark on a delightful journey.
|Aug 19, 2014
Excited to join her first choice school, Nicole discovers a disturbing series of disappearances on campus upon moving into the university dorms. Three girls have vanished, and she might be next, deviating from her ideal college experience.
|Jul 25, 2014
Congratulations! You’ve been accepted as the only human student at the prestigious St. PigeoNation’s Institute, a school for talented birds! Roam the halls and find love in between classes as a sophomore student at the world’s greatest pigeon high school.
|Sep 4, 2014
|Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.1 Onikakushi
Higurashi When They Cry is a sound novel. The music, backgrounds and characters work together to create a world that is the stage of a novel for the user to read. They laugh and cry and get angry. The user takes the point of view of the protagonist to experience the story.
|May 15, 2015
|Flower Shop: Winter In Fairbrook
Winter In Fairbrook is a dating and farming simulation game and takes place after the first Flower Shop game. Play as Natalie this time, and meet some of the characters of the first game like Clara, Susana, Steve, Trent, Jacob plus a "new entry": Ryan, who runs the general store of the town.
|Jul 31, 2014
Soul Gambler puts YOU in the role of Faust, an ordinary young man living in the present day whose DESTINY is about to be change forever.
|Jul 10, 2014
London, 2099. The earth isn't what it used to be anymore. Incredible climate changes have corrupted the weather, causing a permanent rain on most of the Earth's surface. You play the role of Luke Black, a 36-year-old bio-informatic engineer. He is one of the lead programmers at Nanotech, a big nanotechnology research company.
|Aug 13, 2014