A visual novel is an interactive fiction game, featuring mostly static graphics, most often using anime-style art or occasionally live-action stills (and sometimes video footage). As the name might suggest, they resemble mixed-media novels or tableau vivant stage plays.
In Japanese terminology, a distinction is often made between visual novels proper (abbreviated NVL), which consist predominantly of narration and have very few interactive elements, and adventure games (abbreviated AVG or ADV), which may incorporate problem-solving and other types of gameplay. This distinction is normally lost outside Japan, where both NVLs and ADVs are commonly referred to as "visual novels" by international fans. Visual novels and ADVs are especially prevalent in Japan, where they made up nearly 70% of the PC game titles released in 2006.
Visual novels are distinguished from other game types by their extremely minimal gameplay. Typically the majority of player interaction is limited to clicking to keep the text, graphics and sound moving (most recent games offer 'play' or 'fast-forward' toggles that make even this unnecessary).
Most visual novels have multiple storylines and many endings; the gameplay mechanic in these cases typically consists of intermittent multiple-choice decision points, where the player selects a direction in which to take the game. This style of gameplay has been compared to the Choose Your Own Adventure books.
Gakkou Deatta Kowai Hanashi (aka School Terror Story) is a Survival Horror text-based adventure game or visual novel for the Super Famicom that was released in 1995 by Banpresto. The game features pictures of real Japanese actors/models, and CAMERA J. The game is a compilation of about 50 scary stories which is played in the setting of a school. The graphics bring up a feeling of fear by using on-the-spot photography. Since it uses multi-stories, you can enjoy those stories any number of times.
- Main Characters:
Shuichi Sakagami (Sakagami Shuichi)
Emi Kurata (Kurata Emi)
Mayumi Taguchi (Taguchi Mayumi)
- Six Talkers:
Makoto Shindo (Shindo Makoto)
Shouji Arai (Arai Shouji)
Nozomu Kazama (Kazama Nozomu)
Tomoharu Hosoda (Hosoda Tomaharu)
Akemi Iwashita (Iwahita Akemi)
Reiko Fukuzawa (Fukuzawa Reiko)
- Other Key Characters:
Sadao Hino (Hino Sadao)
Sanae Motoki (Motoki Sanae)
Gakkou Deatta Kowai Hanashi S is the Playstation version of that SNES game featuring enhanced graphics and sounds and new fmv sequences.
Sound Novel of Adventure theme form the "Seven Wonders of the school." Player because of the planning of the newspaper, we will hear from six storyteller gossip scary transmitted to the school. In addition to the extensive number of scenarios, scary story be told more stories will continue to change significantly depending on whether the choice to select which appear at branch points in the middle.
- First person perspective.
- 2D graphics
- Cartoon graphics
- Horror & Mystery themes.