A visual novel or sound novel is an interactive fiction game featuring mostly static graphics, usually with anime-style art, or occasionally live-action stills or 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 are predominantly narrative and have very little interactive elements, and adventure games (abbreviated AVG or ADV), which typically incorporate problem-solving and other gameplay elements. This distinction is normally lost in the West, where both NVLs and ADVs are commonly referred to as "visual novels" by Western 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.
Sound Novel Evolution 1 - Otogirisou Sosei-Hen is the first game in the Chunsoft Play Novel series for the Playstation One console, which presents a pre-set (and only slightly interactive) story presented with text and backed up with graphics and background music and even terrifying jolts from the DualShock controller! This edition also featured an input for character names so players could customize their storytelling experience.
The game features 2 game modes:
- Main Story Mode: The player begins the story driving in his car in a lonely road one night, when he almost suffer an accident when a car suddenly appears from nowhere, he can continue driving and a storm starts in the woods, so he start walking and find a lonely mansion, where he decided to enter to take cover and maybe he can also use a phone to call a mechanic to repair his car, but soon as he arrives he notice that there are some strange things goind around, and he will enter in the most terrific and dangerous night of his life.
- Short stories: The game features 8 characters with his own stories, with 3 difficulty levels (easy, normal & hard).
The game has good video quality, spectacular weather effect (lightning, storms, rain, etc) and also interesting stories.
* Software sales female users (various models edition sales, approximately 30% of female users), simple operation, only one finger. Poor women have the operation controller GOOD! * Phantom scenario guide, "Nami" added. New facts become clear. Toshiyuki Kimura * ("SPAWN" genius worked, etc.) large and powerful visual redesigned not only by fear "fantasy world" directing. * The sound of real analog controller (dual shock)! "Three-dimensional realism," the ultimate horror experience.
- First person perspective.
- 2D graphics
- Cartoon graphics
- Horror & Mystery themes.