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I have never played one and I have always been curious about them with all of the things I hear about them.
So I would like a simple one to help me learn more about them no eroge please so mystery or horror is good
so it romance without sexual content.
Posted 4/9/15 , edited 4/9/15
A good starter with those requirements would be................ Phantom of Inferno with the DVD format? Hirameki removed the H scenes, but there is plenty of mystery though not in the traditional sense. Fairly cheap, or so it was last time I checked. I said it correctly - it is a DVD format game, you input codes to start where you last were given a code. My Hirameki DVD games worked on every DVD player I ever tried it on, so should be fine.

I would recommend 999 or Danganronpa. They have plenty of "standard" gaming moments and if you played games, but are looking to get into VN - it is a good point, unlike Steins;Gate for my mentioned reason (next section). Only thing is - those require handhelds (DS for 999, Vita for Danganronpa). Mystery and "horror." It really depends on your comfort level on things if you'd believe them to be horror or not [a friend finds Danganronpa to be one].

I would NOT recommend Steins;Gate for your first game. It plays like no other VN and that is why I believe it is a bad entry game. You may not even realize you're playing it. Fairly good mystery though if you must.

I would NOT recommend Ever 17 - only a few of us got it when it was cheap. No one serious about you playing legally would recommend it to you even if it is a great non-eroge. I'd recommend you investing the $300 or so to get it~ (after you decide if VN is for you).

Best of luck.
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Best VN I've played is probably Steins; Gate, available from JASTUSA.com. It's also pretty accessible if you've never played one before. It's a science-fiction/time travel plot line, with a bit of romance. Only downside is that it's $40 (give or take).

If you want something that's free, Katawa Shoujo is a good option (katawashoujo.com). If you don't want to see the sex scenes, make sure you toggle the adult content off (there is a button in the options menu). It's pure romance.

If like getting your games through Steam, I'd recommend either Analog: A Hate Story or Planetarian. Analog is basically a mystery plot with a science fiction setting (and a touch of romance). Planetarian is a kinetic novel--which means no choices-- and short, but tells a very good story about a post-apocalyptic world.

Finally, Little Busters! is a very good VN that mixes comedy, drama, romance, and some mystical elements; it's very long, but not overly complicated.
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mnmike wrote:

Best VN I've played is probably Steins; Gate, available from JASTUSA.com. It's also pretty accessible if you've never played one before. It's a science-fiction/time travel plot line, with a bit of romance. Only downside is that it's $40 (give or take)./


It seems one of us cannot be trusted. I am not slamming your opinion or anything, but I'll explain my post with yours.

It is accessible if you haven't played any because you wouldn't know what to expect to begin with. If you're looking to just start playing visual novels, which include standard visual novels for the majority of games, I would not recommend it.

Thanks for posting your thought on it so soon though, mnmike. I wouldn't have checked back otherwise. I'll just say I agree with your opinion on one hand, but I find it completely wrong given the game mechanics. I've known a few people (irl) that started with it and they had no idea how to even play it [while I admit, I had an epiphany at one critical decision that "I was playing"]. I definitely don't think it is an entry game, LOL.
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A good starter with those requirements would be................ Phantom of Inferno with the DVD format? Hirameki removed the H scenes, but there is plenty of mystery though not in the traditional sense. Fairly cheap, or so it was last time I checked. I said it correctly - it is a DVD format game, you input codes to start where you last were given a code. My Hirameki DVD games worked on every DVD player I ever tried it on, so should be fine.

I would recommend 999 or Danganronpa. They have plenty of "standard" gaming moments and if you played games, but are looking to get into VN - it is a good point, unlike Steins;Gate for my mentioned reason (next section). Only thing is - those require handhelds (DS for 999, Vita for Danganronpa). Mystery and "horror." It really depends on your comfort level on things if you'd believe them to be horror or not [a friend finds Danganronpa to be one].

I would NOT recommend Steins;Gate for your first game. It plays like no other VN and that is why I believe it is a bad entry game. You may not even realize you're playing it. Fairly good mystery though if you must.

I would NOT recommend Ever 17 - only a few of us got it when it was cheap. No one serious about you playing legally would recommend it to you even if it is a great non-eroge. I'd recommend you investing the $300 or so to get it~ (after you decide if VN is for you).

Best of luck.


Thanks the DVD one and the DS one sounds good I do not have a Vita just a 3DS.
I liked everyone's suggestions I will try them out soon.
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0thR wrote:


mnmike wrote:

Best VN I've played is probably Steins; Gate, available from JASTUSA.com. It's also pretty accessible if you've never played one before. It's a science-fiction/time travel plot line, with a bit of romance. Only downside is that it's $40 (give or take)./


It seems one of us cannot be trusted. I am not slamming your opinion or anything, but I'll explain my post with yours.

It is accessible if you haven't played any because you wouldn't know what to expect to begin with. If you're looking to just start playing visual novels, which include standard visual novels for the majority of games, I would not recommend it.

Thanks for posting your thought on it so soon though, mnmike. I wouldn't have checked back otherwise. I'll just say I agree with your opinion on one hand, but I find it completely wrong given the game mechanics. I've known a few people (irl) that started with it and they had no idea how to even play it [while I admit, I had an epiphany at one critical decision that "I was playing"]. I definitely don't think it is an entry game, LOL.


So, I see your point.

The reason I described as being "pretty accessible", is that it doesn't have a lot of opaque decision points to navigate. Most (albeit not all) of the endings are pretty clear: Take action X to get ending A, Take action Y to let the story play out some more.

This is as opposed to, say Clannad, which was the first VN I ever played. I loved it... but in most cases I had no idea how the decisions I was making were leading to different endings. I ended up relying very heavily on walkthroughs just to get through it, and even then many of the paths felt a bit arbitrary.

All of that being said, however you are correct that the phone mechanics in Stiens;Gate are a bit un-intuitive--so in that sense, you're probably right that I've overestimated how accessible it is.
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mnmike wrote:

Best VN I've played is probably Steins; Gate, available from JASTUSA.com. It's also pretty accessible if you've never played one before. It's a science-fiction/time travel plot line, with a bit of romance. Only downside is that it's $40 (give or take).

If you want something that's free, Katawa Shoujo is a good option (katawashoujo.com). If you don't want to see the sex scenes, make sure you toggle the adult content off (there is a button in the options menu). It's pure romance.

If like getting your games through Steam, I'd recommend either Analog: A Hate Story or Planetarian. Analog is basically a mystery plot with a science fiction setting (and a touch of romance). Planetarian is a kinetic novel--which means no choices-- and short, but tells a very good story about a post-apocalyptic world.

Finally, Little Busters! is a very good VN that mixes comedy, drama, romance, and some mystical elements; it's very long, but not overly complicated.


I am playing Katawa Shoujo right now so far so good looks like the videos I see online.
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For absolute beginners, I'd recommend Go! Go! Nippon! from Mangagamer (available in physical/digital versions from MG and also from Steam), and in a similar vein Tokyo School Life (available from Steam only).

Neither are any stellar pieces, but as far as introductions go, they're simple enough, and non-eroge.

Despite what was said above, I'd recommend Ever17, if you can get ahold of it. Also, on the off chance you can get ahold of Hirameki's Hourglass of Summer(DVD based, ie either play it on a dvd player or in a media player of your choice), that one deserves a recommendation as well.
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