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.
The latest game in the Sentimental (Graffiti) line-up features more love interaction which takes place in the town of your childhood. Most people remember their first major crush or love and as the story goes, the protagonist in the game once had a first love...before she changed schools and moved away.
Years later, she (Ayumi Nishima) returns to her hometown and the protagonist runs into her. Despite the time that has passed, perhaps love can be rekindled once again. In addition to the old gal pal, a number of other girls are possible love interests in case the old crush flames out.
Fashioned in typical dating game style, Prelude features interaction and conversation with various gals around town. Dote on a particular female target and one may get a date.
Love adventure game story of love and friendship with classmates and childhood friend is drawn. Story changes by the change of the parameters and options in a simple system that will Yomitoi the story. Scene that intersects with the previous character of "Sentimental Graffiti" also included. Heart of the hero begins to move in the reunion with the partner of first love was changed schools to childhood ....
- First person perspective.
- 2D graphics
- Cartoon graphics
- Romance & Anime themes.