428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~The use of actual photos instead of character sprites makes it one of the few VNs with actual art direction going beyond picking a sprite. Also great when it comes to setting up payoff.
Analogue: A Hate StoryThe concept of reconstructing an extinct civilization and the reasons for its downfall through reading left behind documents is intriguing and implemented very well. The endings and gameplay feel a bit disconnected from the rest though.
Aviary AttorneyFun and more mature Ace Attorney clone with a great artstyle, but too short to leave a lasting impression.
Fatal TwelveA nice spin on the Battle Royale scenario focusing on its well developed cast. The finale was kind of meh, but it didn't take away too much from the rest of the VN.
Fata morgana no YakataUnlike anything else. If I had to criticise one thing, it's that while all individual stories were very well executed, I didn't like the "backstory of a backstory of a backstory" structure that much.
Heart of the WoodsStarts out very strong, but the fantasy elements in the second half just didn't work for me.
HimawariIt's pretty solid, but nothing mindblowing. Dropped it during the last route because I didn't care enough about the few remaining mysteries to go through the amount of SoL it was probably about to throw at me.
Kara no ShoujoThe route structure of getting a sex scene with a heroine right before she gets brutally murdered feels really wrong. Other than that it's a really good and extremely dark VN.
Katawa ShoujoThe way this VN handles the topic of disabilities is pretty amazing. Other than that it's a solid romance VN, at least the 1.5 routes I've read so far.
Little Busters!It's just so much fun to hang around this circle of friends. My main criticism is that the third acts of nearly every route are sloppily executed.
Lucid9Not exactly innovative in any way, but damn solid for a free title. Also I always appreciate it when a story manages to actually get pretty dark without it feeling forced.
Monochrome BluesSeems like the opening chapter to a longer story. The setup reminds me of DDLC, though it takes a wildly different direction later on.
Muv-LuvI aprreciate how much it foreshadows Alternative, but Extra is just soo cringy, and while Unlimited's scenario is way more interesting, it's still kind of lame overall.
Muv-Luv AlternativeThe most epic VN I've read. Has some pacing issues and I didn't care too much about the discussions about the nature of patriotism and a soldier's sense of duty, but holy shit, is (almost) everything else in this beast amazing!
New Dangan Ronpa V3 Minna no Koroshiai ShingakkiWhile still a Danganronpa game, and gameplay-wise the best one in the series, it just didn't work as well for me as in the other two. The cases were too long and the story just felt a little off, especially the big twist.
Saya no UtaPretty disturbing story. Could have done with less rape scenes though imo. Has similar themes to Chaos;Child of all things but implements them way better.
Silver JikenThere is no rating for this that feels right to me. Going by typical indicators like characters, writing, etc., makes no sense as Silver Jiken constantly subverts everything. It's an interesting experience, but it's definitely not for everyone.
Silver Jiken 25 KuA little bit more streamlined than the first game except for a few gameplay sections. Also it's easier to follow the plot and open about when it's just trying to piss off the player.