Clannad90% trash. Couldn't tolerate the moe garbage, contrived drama and interminable brainless slice of life. Only redeeming qualities are the premise of After Story, Tomoyo's route, and some of the music and humour; these make it a worthwhile read... barely. Without them would've been a 1/10.
Doki Doki Literature Club!Only good for watching reactions of blind let's players. As a dating sim parody not as smart as Hatoful Boyfrend.
EquivoqueCharming but way too short and underdeveloped to consider particularly good. I wish it lasted longer!
Ever17 -The Out of Infinity-The fun of tracking all the clues somewhat manages to outweigh the boredom of the chicken sandwiches and kick-the-cans.
Fata morgana no YakataVery stylish but I became frustrated with the excessive "no, this is what REALLY happened" reveals, and the narrative digressions (one lengthy flashback in particular) towards the end destroy any sense of pacing.
Fate/Stay NightCharacterisation was among the better ones out of VNs I've read but boy was the pacing sleep-inducing. UBW best route, others decent at best.
Katawa ShoujoNot the "baby's first VN" it's dismissed as. More mature than many other, weeby VNs. Rin is among the best VN characters. On the other hand suffers from nonexistent pacing, several bland characters and constant redundant narration (describing in text what can already be inferred from the visuals kills flow).
Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shoujo YU-NOBetter than its imitators, no matter what naysayers claim. Hiroyuki Kanno seems to be among the only VN writers who has read a screenwriting book and understands concepts such as pacing, subtext in dialogue, making conflict flow from character choices and so on. Godlike music by true genius Ryu Umemoto. Excellent character banter. Challenging gameplay is welcome (am a veteran of roguelikes and Sierra adventure games). Becomes becomes a transcendentally emotional experience towards the end.
Kyokugen Dasshutsu ADV - Zennin Shibou DesuAn utter bore. The way the branching is structured kills all sense of pacing and dramatic tension as you can mindlessly go through every choice in order (with the minor exception of story locks). Twists were either too predictable or nonsensical. Characterisation a step down from 999.
Muv-LuvCharacters' personalities are nothing but ridiculous gimmicks, almost as horrible as the ones in Clannad. At least it was occasionally mildly funny and Unlimited is marginally more interesting due to its premise.
Muv-Luv AlternativePlot consists of diabolus ex machina after diabolus ex machina instead of flowing in any way from character choices, making everything too overblown and contrived for emotional investment to be possible. Still couldn't take the cartoonish characters seriously in any way; character development attempts were too on-the-nose and repetitive to be believable. Zero sense of pacing - repeats most of Unlimited, constant redundant inner monologues, literal lectures that go on for hours.
PolicenautsSuperior characterisation and sci-fi compared to Snatcher, if falling short on plot and pacing.
SnatcherEntertaining and tightly-written, very cinematic experience. Stands on its own despite being so obviously derivative of famous sci-fi films.
Steins;GateEntertaining? Yes! ...but doesn't deserve the hype. Not life-changingly good unlike aspects of MLA, YU-NO or Clannad. Characters too unrealistic & gimmicky for me to empathise with although still less bad than in Clannad and Muv-Luv. Questionable scientific license - How seriously can you take a sci-fi story that assumes that a mother can change the sex of her unborn baby by switching her diet?
Umineko no Naku Koro niAt least pretends to be more intelligent than most VNs, even if somewhat leaning onto pseudointellectualism. Characters are on the more complex and realistic side.
Umineko no Naku Koro ni ChiruAnd the whole thing kinda devolves into incoherence and answer avoidance with some meta silliness thrown on top. Still more smart than most VNs think they are, with no tasteless blunders. Entertaining emotional highs and lows.
Umineko no Naku Koro ni MusuThe "Principal and the Pauper" reference in the red text toward the end went over my head (had to look it up), as I'm not very familiar with The Simpsons, otherwise many good laughs!