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Chunsoft

チュンソフト

Company
Primary language: Japanese
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Succeeded by: Spike Chunsoft

Chunsoft, while little-known in the west, is the originator of the "Novel" format of games, with Otogirisou (1992) being the first videogame ever to use the now-common format of full screen text on a background image plus occasional selection branches. Chunsoft introduced the series with the "Sound Novel" brandname, which they trademarked. The "Sound Novel" name is just as popular as "Visual Novel" in Japan.

While "Novel" games are mostly associated with anime art in the west, Chunsoft's original Sound Novels did not use the art style for most part. Instead, they use various art styles, sometimes even using styles very rare in videogames. The first game, Otogirisou, used 2D pixel art (due to limitations of the ROM size), but later games like Kamaitachi no Yoru used photographs or 3DCG scenery combined with silhouettes, and few games such as Machi or 428 even went as far as to using a large number of filmed-on-location live stills using real actors.

Chunsoft games also feature experimentation in the structures of the narrative. Kamaitachi no Yoru had a standard branching plot; Otogirisou and Imabikisou had the narrative moving back and forth across a mesh of multiple subplots; and Machi and 428 had what they called a "Multi Fragment" narrative structure, which had multiple protagonists running in parallel, interlocked with each other.

Releases

Portopia Renzoku Satsujin Jiken
1985-11-29Portopia Renzoku Satsujin JikenDev
Jesus
1989-03-17Jesus ~Kyoufu no Bio Monster~Dev
Otogirisou
1992-03-07OtogirisouPub & Dev
1997-09-30Otogirisou - Nintendo PowerPub & Dev
1999-03-25Sound Novel Evolution 1: Otogirisou SoseihenPub & Dev
2001-04-12Sound Novel Evolution 1: Otogirisou Soseihen - PlayStation the BestPub & Dev
2004-07-08Otogirisou - i Appli EditionDev
2006-11-16Otogirisou - EZ Appli EditionDev
2007-08-28OtogirisouPub & Dev
2011-09-1415+Otogirisou SoseihenPub & Dev
2011-09-1415+Otogirisou SoseihenPub & Dev
2014-07-3015+OtogirisouDev
Kamaitachi no Yoru
1994-11-2517+Kamaitachi no YoruPub
1998-12-03Kamaitachi no Yoru TokubetsuhenPub
1999-12-02Kamaitachi no Yoru Tokubetsuhen - Playstation The BestPub
2002-04-0117+Kamaitachi no Yoru miniPub
2002-06-28Kamaitachi no Yoru ADVANCEPub
2002-07-0117+Kamaitachi no Yoru internetPub
2004-01-3017+Kamaitachi no YoruPub
2006-07-2715+Kamaitachi no Yoru Triple: Mikazukishima Jiken no ShinsouDev
2007-02-1317+Kamaitachi no YoruPub
2011-02-01All agesKamaitachi no Yoru - Android EditionPub & Dev
Machi
1998-01-22MachiPub & Dev
1999-01-28Sound Novel Evolution 3: Machi ~Unmei no Kousaten~Pub & Dev
2002-04-04Sound Novel Evolution 3: Machi ~Unmei no Kousaten~ PS One BooksPub & Dev
2005-10-11Machi - i AppliDev
2006-04-2718+Machi ~Unmei no Kousaten~ Tokubetsu HenDev
2007-08-3017+SEGA THE BEST - Machi ~Unmei no Kousaten~ Tokubetsu HenDev
2012-03-2717+Machi ~Unmei no Kousaten~ Tokubetsu Hen - Download EditionDev
Kamaitachi no Yoru 2 ~Kangokujima no Warabe Uta~
2002-07-1817+Kamaitachi no Yoru 2 ~Kangokujima no Warabe Uta~ Special BoxPub & Dev
2002-07-1817+Kamaitachi no Yoru 2 ~Kangokujima no Warabe Uta~ Regular EditionPub & Dev
2003-04-0317+Kamaitachi no Yoru 2 ~Kangokujima no Warabe Uta~ PlayStation 2 The BestPub & Dev
2004-12-1617+Kamaitachi no Yoru 2 ~Kangokujima no Warabe Uta~Pub & Dev
2006-05-2517+Sega the Best: Kamaitachi no Yoru 2 - Special CompilationDev
2006-07-2715+Kamaitachi no Yoru Triple: Mikazukishima Jiken no ShinsouDev
Kamaitachi no Yoru Triple: Mikazukishima Jiken no Shinsou
2006-07-2715+Kamaitachi no Yoru Triple: Mikazukishima Jiken no ShinsouDev
2007-02-15Kamaitachi no Yoru Triple: Mikazukishima Jiken no ShinsouPub & Dev
Imabikisou
2007-10-2315+ImabikisouDev
2008-08-0715+Imabikisou Kaimei HenDev
428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~
2008-12-0415+428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~Dev
2009-09-0315+428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~Dev
2009-09-1715+428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~Dev
2010-02-2515+Minna no Osusume Selection - 428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~Dev
2010-12-0215+428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~ Spike the BestDev
2011-11-0312+428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~Dev
2011-11-03428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~Dev
2018-08-0713+428: Shibuya Scramble DemoDev
2018-08-2415+428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~ Trial EditionDev
2018-09-0413+428: Shibuya Scramble - NA Download EditionDev
2018-09-0413+428: Shibuya Scramble - NA Package EditionDev
2018-09-0615+428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~Dev
2018-09-2116+428: Shibuya Scramble - EU Download EditionDev
2018-09-2116+428: Shibuya Scramble - EU Package EditionDev
Kyokugen Dasshutsu 9-Jikan 9-Nin 9 no Tobira
2009-12-1015+Kyokugen Dasshutsu 9-Jikan 9-Nin 9 no TobiraPub & Dev
2011-12-1515+Kyokugen Dasshutsu 9-Jikan 9-Nin 9 no Tobira - Chun SelectionPub & Dev
Trick x Logic Season 1
2010-07-2215+TRICK×LOGIC Season 1Dev
Trick x Logic Season 2
2010-09-1615+Trick x Logic Season 2Pub
Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru: 11ninme no Suspect
2011-12-1717+Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru: 11ninme no SuspectPub & Dev
2011-12-1717+Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru: 11ninme no SuspectPub & Dev
Kyokugen Dasshutsu ADV - Zennin Shibou Desu
2012-02-1615+Kyokugen Dasshutsu ADV Zennin Shibou DesuPub & Dev
2012-02-1615+Kyokugen Dasshutsu ADV Zennin Shibou DesuPub & Dev
2012-02-1615+Kyokugen Dasshutsu ADV Zennin Shibou Desu - Download EditionPub & Dev