VN for my 7 yr old niece

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#1 by jackuars
2014-04-24 at 06:13
< report >I've played around 6-7 VN's and don't really know what younger kids love. I've a 7 yr old niece, and she really loves reading books. She has never played VN's, so I thought I might gift her a VN that might kickstart her love for it.

I'd like to see some names that I would gift her, probably ones that come around $40 or below.
#2 by sanahtlig
2014-04-24 at 06:24
< report >VNs typically are aimed at an adult audience and contain adults themes (such as romantic drama). Even the "all-ages" ones are typically rated for teen audiences. Your niece probably isn't ready for VNs.Last modified on 2014-04-24 at 06:25
#3 by yorhel
2014-04-24 at 06:27
< report >Well, there is v8284, which certainly feels like it was written for young girls.
#4 by jackuars
2014-04-24 at 06:43
< report >[/quote]Well, there is v8284, which certainly feels like it was written for young girls.[/quote]

That one looks good. Open to more suggestions..Last modified on 2014-04-24 at 06:43
#5 by takata
2014-04-24 at 06:49
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That one looks good. Open to more suggestions..
I kinda doubt you will get many more. o.o
Why not just find a book closer to what she's used to?
#6 by loctar87
2014-04-24 at 07:05
< report >There are about 0 VNs that are appropriate for a 7 year old girl. It's not just the porn. Kids that age aren't going to really get or appreciate complicated stories. Besides, even if you found one, where would she go from there? It's not like she could expand from there to any other VNs, at least, not until she's much older.

I'm not sure it's a gift that would be greatly appreciated by the parents either. If your niece likes books, don't try to inject your hobbies into it. Just buy her a book.

If you're dead set on giving her something Japanese, manga for a 7 year old might at least exist somewhere.
#7 by dk382
2014-04-24 at 07:07
< report >While there are probably quite a few that fit the bill in Japanese, don't expect any decent games for young girls in English. None of the amateur or professional translators have any interest in serving that audience, and I can't imagine many western developed VNs for children will actually be more entertaining for them than actual books.

@6 There is definitely a huge amount of Manga aimed at children. But again, they aren't really translated.Last modified on 2014-04-24 at 07:09
#8 by anonymous
2014-04-24 at 07:14
< report >Here's a few cute, kid-friendly (mostly) OELVNs:

v12230 - Play as a mouse who goes exploring. Very cute graphics.

v12265 - In which a bunny girl rescues a cat. Uses some !/?/<3 bubbles in place of dialogue, and overall should be an easy reading level.

v990 - Actually I thought this one was meh, but it's fully voiced (including narration) and is very much intended as a children's story.

v12390 - Adventure game about a lost kitten.

v5046 - Retelling of a Russian fairy tale, with some adventure game elements.

v13132 - Really simple story & vocab - pretty much the equivalent of a VN picture book. Also has a matching game.
#9 by haruna
2014-04-24 at 08:47
< report >If you think your niece is mature enough for it Narcissu 1 and 2 could be a good choice.You'd definitely need to read it with her and talk about it though. You could probably have some pretty meaningful conversations about death with her. Though considering the themes you might want to talk with her parents about it first. I would definitely have enjoyed something like that when I was that age though.

Planetarian could work as well.

The writer for the Little Busters anime played through the entire VN with her daughter. It is very long though.

I think all of these needs to have someone reading with her both so you can explain stuff she doesn't understand and to talk about what happens in the story.
#10 by gerardlonewolf
2014-04-24 at 10:15
< report >v9093 is made for little girls to enjoy. Just don't let her near the restoration patch.
#11 by rusanon
2014-04-24 at 10:29
< report >I know its supposed to be joke, but just in case OP didn't read it himself: konosora has shitton of technobabble on gliders and it will be extremely boring for 7 year old girl.
#12 by overmage
2014-04-24 at 10:45
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I'm not sure it's a gift that would be greatly appreciated by the parents either. If your niece likes books, don't try to inject your hobbies into it. Just buy her a book.

If you're dead set on giving her something Japanese, manga for a 7 year old might at least exist somewhere.
#13 by vehn
2014-04-24 at 10:56
< report >If Jackuars's niece were a french girl by instance, maybe she could appreciate the deep story of Konosora!Last modified on 2014-04-24 at 10:56
#14 by ganchan
2014-04-24 at 11:48
< report >If I were you first I would try with this link

If she likes the idea of those books, then you could try with the VN that @8 and @3 say. But first play it yourself just in case.

Edit: Maybe what @9 says can work, but I would strongly recommend starting with female protagonists or something "shojo-esque" which I know that v8284 and v9878 does. But even then try it yourself and don't take my word for granted as our opinions can differ. For the others I haven't played so I can't say.Last modified on 2014-04-24 at 11:56
#15 by hiecchi
2014-04-24 at 11:58
< report >Here are some more titles
v7499 & v9876Last modified on 2014-04-24 at 11:58
#16 by jackuars
2014-04-24 at 12:20
< report >To add, my niece is not like most girls her age. She reads a lot, I mean a lot. She has read more than a 100 books, most of them by herself and she's won a spelling bee contest for sub-junior girls at school, when most who participated was around 10 years of age. She picks things faster than average girls. This is why I thought VN's may interest her.

Her mom stopped reading to her when she was 6 and she'll turn 8 next month and she reads by herself. So I'd want to gift the VN for her b'day. Mild romance is fine, not anything sexual though.

hiecchi your recommendationss seems to be good. I'd want to check more on gerardlonewolf's recommendation. Thanks for your suggestions Mina and Haruna, I'll see into it.Last modified on 2014-04-24 at 12:21
#17 by fonmaster
2014-04-24 at 17:56
< report >Your niece seems pretty smart enough to read something like Clannad or other key games so try that. Although the former isn't great right now since the editing isn't up to quality yet.

I dont know how to linkLast modified on 2014-04-24 at 18:01
#18 by takata
2014-04-24 at 18:59
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v9093 is made for little girls to enjoy. Just don't let her near the restoration patch.
Hehe... xD

She has read more than a 100 books,
Just to check, how big are these books? Picture books? Or closer to the size of the first Harry Potter books? ....or bigger?


I vaguely remember reading something remotely like a VN when I was 5 or so. Might have been on Windows 95 or 3.1x... It was more like a lightly animated picture book in software than a VN though.Last modified on 2014-04-24 at 19:04
#19 by warfoki
2014-04-24 at 19:36
< report >My only real hobby was reading around that age. There was a time, when I read a book a day, since I had literally nothing else to do. I didn't have a computer or any gaming device back then, and there were no other kids of my age in our little settlement to play with. Oh, the nostalgia... :)Last modified on 2014-04-24 at 19:37
#20 by zetsubou-bimmy
2014-04-24 at 20:16
< report >I just gotta say I'm genuinely surprised by how serious y'all are taking this.
I honestly expected everyone to suggest stuff like v11696 or v11390Last modified on 2014-04-24 at 20:28
#21 by PabloC
2014-04-24 at 20:50
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v9093 is made for little girls to enjoy. Just don't let her near the restoration patch.
No no no, MoeNovel's version of KonoSora was made precisely for 12 years old French girls (and apparently only for those who don't know English). :P

@OP
Beware of amateur Western titles - if any of those picks your interest, make sure to read it beforehand. The quality of those VNs can be quite horrible at times. If your niece reads that much and you give her something incredibly poorly written, you'll only make a fool of yourself. :P
As for Narcissu and Planetarian, those two deal with rather heavy themes and are pretty serious downers. Not recommended, unless she likes sad, depressing stuff. And as it was already mentioned, Clannad is also a bad idea, courtesy of bad translation.

From the stuff that wasn't mentioned yet:
v103, v61, v8, v72 are relatively nice, short titles that should be safe too. However, I don't remember enough details to say for sure if they will be appropriate, so make sure to read them beforehand.
v286 is a full-fledged horror, but it might be all right if she likes scary stuff. I don't think it was too gory or anything, but I may remember something wrong, it's been a while.

Those are all freeware titles and don't have physical copies though, so I'm not sure how would they work as a gift.
I'd say "Choose you own adventure" book is really a better idea. Get her into those, then manga (if she isn't interested in it already), and maybe leave VNs for later.

And yeah, 100 books around that age isn't that weird. Even if I counted only 3 of my favorite series that my mom was reading to me, those alone are already around 50 books. I don't remember when I started reading by myself, and when I started reading fantasy, but around that time I was reading 1 book per 1-2 days on a regular basis (I think it was when I was a bit older though, like 10-12 maybe?). Oh, the nostalgia... :)

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