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.
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.
My Merry May: Released also for the Dreamcast console this VN tells the story of Yasusuke, a senior high school student, who lives a normal student's life until one day he receives a strange device from abroad. This device creates Reu, an artifical human being in form of a young girl, who loves Yasusuke and cats. The remaining cast of heroines include Hitoe Haruna, Yasusuke's childhood friend, Motomi Agatsuma, the girlfriend of Yasusuke's nemesis Ryo Hagimoto, 21-year old Tae Kiduki and 13-year old high school student Misao Yuki.
My Merry May Be: This game is the sequel to My Merry May. Life in a small town is fairly boring especially when fishing and farming are the main sources of livelihood. As an assistant teacher on your way to becoming a full-fledged educator, you also enjoy a quiet life marked by routine. One day, fate changes your life when you find a beautiful young girl who has been involved in an accident. When she wakes up, her memory has been lost and it is then that you discover that she is an artifical human.
Help your new charge by interacting with her and teaching her the ways of the world. A cast of characters also interjects drama and situations to keep things interesting.
My Merry May with be: is an Adventure game, developed and published by Kid, which was released in Japan for the PS2 & PSP consoles. This release features two My Merry Mays in one package, My Merry May with be. The "with," apparently means that the "May" may or may not be with a "be" at the end.
My Merry May with be includes both original love simulations, My Merry May and My Merry Maybe, along with a new scenario and newly drawn visuals. The theme of the game, centering on your relationship with an artificial life form called Replice, remains the same.
The coupling to one love adventure depicting a strange communal life of an artificial life form as "My Merry May", the sequel to "My Merry Maybe"! Just not only combined into one, original story addition! Now, it is Tokiakasa truth at that time, there was no Akase is! ?
- First person perspective.
- 2D graphics
- Cartoon graphics
- Romance & Anime themes.