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#1 by zakashi
2023-01-04 at 17:32
< report >what are the most underrated vns?
#2 by onorub
2023-01-04 at 18:13
< report >If you're not talking about least talked about good VNs (in which case "hidden gems" would be more accurate), then that's very subjective as underrated would pretty much mean "people tend to rate it worse than i do". For me those would be:
3days ~Michiteyuku Toki no Kanata de~
Cartagra ~Tsuki Kurui no Yamai~
Bullet Butlers
Kikouyoku Senki Tenkuu no Yumina
SWAN SONG,Phantom -PHANTOM OF INFERNO- and CROSS†CHANNEL are honorable mentions for being underrated by the western community but not by the japanese one.
#3 by norwegianboyee
2023-01-04 at 18:57
< report >People didn't like Yumina? I thought that was a really great game.
#4 by usagi
2023-01-04 at 20:35
< report >Basically each and every fetishistic nukige dedicated to one or another niche fetish. They always will be underrated for those who loves that particular fetish whereas majority of "normal" people treats them dismissevily at best.
For example for NTR and lolicon voyeurism/exhibitionism connoiseurs vns such as Boku no Kanojo wa Gatenkei/Kanojo ga Shita Koto, Boku ga Sareta Koto/Kyonyuu Tsuma Kanzen Hokaku Keikaku/Boku no Tsuma ga Aitsu ni Netoraremashita. and Flatcheez 2 respectively are classic masterpieces while others can view it as trash.Last modified on 2023-01-04 at 20:45
#5 by cheekyman07
2023-01-05 at 04:46
< report >I don't read much that's unpopular. But out of what I have, theres a few that surprised me. I thought they were better than what the average rating for them was.
Love Esquire
Lucy -The Eternity She Wished For-

While this one is popular, its rated lower than I feel it deserves as well.
Cyanotype Daydream -The Girl Who Dreamed the World-

But yeah a lot of its subjective I mean the above 3 are just my personal opinion. To be honest the more niche something is the more likely it is to be overlooked. Which is probably why I don't have many examples, since im more of a normie.Last modified on 2023-01-05 at 04:54
#6 by scorpionmk11
2023-01-05 at 05:58
< report >Would like to shout out special little nukige gem called Arbeit no Senpai Not mentioned enough and even not rated enough and I'm struggling to see why.

One of the only games by AG HTP that strays from the basic formula they've been using for long time. No under the one roof trope and every girl is vastly different to one another, no slight variations for virgin teaser type of girl. Lots of fun to read as every main route is super unique and character interactions are either funny as fuck or really hot.
#7 by fazz321
2023-01-05 at 06:48
< report >Games:
1. BUNNYBLACK - good game, it's a bit overshadowed by Rance and such.
2. Monmusu Quest! Zenshou ~Makereba Youjo ni Okasareru~ - it's quite popular but a lot of people hate it. Other people think it's one of the best stories ever.
3. DUEL SAVIOR - Great game from GIGA. Never seen people mention it.

1. MYTH - kinda nieche and very unique.
2. Sayonara o Oshiete ~Comment te Dire Adieu~ - was very nieche before, but it's quite popular now.
3. Rinjin -Neighbor- - almost nobody knows about this VN but it's good.
#8 by Ninius
2023-01-05 at 08:55
< report >Hurts my heart to see these so underrated:
Sekai Metsubou Kyouyuu Gensou "Mamiya" Series

I snorted loudly at CC and Hakuchuumu mentions. They're overrated if anything.Last modified on 2023-01-05 at 22:48
#9 by AmanoKaze
2023-01-05 at 11:27
< report >I'd say anything made by Sorahane is underated
#10 by periah250
2023-01-06 at 10:03
< report >#2 i believe the biggest reason phantom isnt well regarded in the west is due to people seeing there is a remake, and upon seeing its not translated they dont touch the original. I fall into this camp. id love to play it but would rather play the remake.

#5 as for cyanotype...its very simple why its rating is so low. most of them are reviewing the translated release which was horrifically butchered. luckily there is a restoration patch for the game. Personally the game just wasn't my cup of tea. but the huge controversy that came with the games initial release left a bitter taste in fans mouths and likely deterred a lot of people from touching it

#8 for I/0 it felt like it was desperate to be deep and taken seriously but was none the less very dull and painful to read through. I usually love stuff like that but the game bored the hell out of me.

myth was an excruciating read for me, it feels like a game painfully trying to be super deep and metaphysical but all it ended up doing was getting way too weird for it's own good and doing all kinds of random stuff to try and surprise you. it felt like a fever dream.
#11 by encrypted12345
2023-01-06 at 11:50
< report >Forest and Tokyo Alice are two acid trips of a VN that don't get talked about nearly as much as they should. Overdrive VNs tend to be underrated in general, but Dengeki Stryker in particular is often overlooked when it shouldn't be because of how much sheer fun it is. Toushin Toshi II is a simple JRPG executed very well. Marunomi is a pretty unique eroge with a surprisingly heartfelt story.

Non-Japanese VNs are all underrated by default unless they reach meme tier status like Katawa Shoujo or Doki Doki Literature Club. Of particular note are VNs made by ebi-hime, of which several are gems despite her high output relative to other EVN makers. Some other notably underrated EVNs IMO are Shining Song Starnova, My Darling In The 90s, and Crimson Gray.

@3 Yumina is pretty love it or hate it. Its flaws can be intimidating and the excruciating requirements to get the true end doesn't help much.

Update:@12 Thanks for the correction, that was my bad.Last modified on 2023-01-06 at 17:48
#12 by Draconyan
2023-01-06 at 11:58
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or Needy Girl Overdose

That one is Japanese, though, isn't it?
#13 by Ileca
2023-01-06 at 16:18
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#2 i believe the biggest reason phantom isnt well regarded in the west is due to people seeing there is a remake, and upon seeing its not translated they dont touch the original. I fall into this camp. id love to play it but would rather play the remake.
More like they tried to read it but they had to fight against the godawful DVDPG medium. I heard horror stories about this localization and I am glad I could enjoy the VN to its full glory. Game was released on the worst support possible and just looking at the font on VNDB's screenshot makes me retch.

The most underrated VN is Fata Morgana no Yakata. Everybody knows that.
#14 by canicheslayer
2023-01-06 at 17:18
< report >VNs:
Yume Miru Kusuri
#15 by anonymous
2023-03-07 at 20:52
< report >CARNIVAL.
#16 by ducky32
2023-03-19 at 07:11
< report >40 Days and 40 Nights of Rain
TegamiLast modified on 2023-03-19 at 07:31
#17 by anonymous
2023-03-19 at 10:54
< report >#1 Let me think about this. Underrated means something that has a lower rating, than what you perceive as adequate.

So what we need to consider are VN's with a score that doesn't reflect their quality. Preferably in a close to objective fashion.

Ok, then the Neko Para series comes to mind. It's very well known, but it's current rating doesn't reflect the many good qualities it possesses.

If you meant a hidden gem, I have an entirely different answer.Last modified on 2023-03-19 at 10:55


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