Would you consider Purple Moon games to be VNs?

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#1 by lavenders
2022-05-18 at 12:26
< report >Purple Moon, game company creator of Rocket's New School, etc.
They are PC CD-ROM games from the 90s~00s that follow a narrative structure, and have occasional choices that affect the outcome of the story.

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It's interesting to see some of the features of Japanese sound novels and ADVs in these games, maybe it's parallel evolution (if the Purple Moon creators didn't know about Japanese early VNs).
Should these games be added to VNDB?

Purple Moon's games are slice-of-life about social skills and friendship (not romance).
They are like interactive movies (like School Days and some other 0verflow titles) but with lots of CGs and little animation. No text at the bottom, you see CGs with voiceover dialogue.
There are interesting point-and-click mystery gameplay features: locker room searching, diary reading, and hearing thoughts, where you can find out secrets of the other characters.
There are some chuunibyou-like woowoo and supernatural elements in the otherwise slice-of-life interpersonal relationships stories.
#2 by Yorhel
2022-05-18 at 13:40
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No text at the bottom, you see CGs with voiceover dialogue.
This would instantly disqualify them. You must be able to read a VN at your own pace, voicing is not an acceptable substitution for text.

They are like interactive movies (like School Days and some other 0verflow titles)
School Days is not really a VN, it happened to be grandfathered into the database.

For reference, see d2#1 and d15.

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