AmagamiFluffy, lovable vanilla romcom with one of the best character designs I have ever seen. Prime example of an A-grade teenage love story. All the routes are worth playing, particularly that of Morishima, Kaoru, and Ayatsuji. Unique "school life" gameplay that heightens the experience.
Ar Nosurge ~Umareizuru Hoshi e Inoru Uta~Wildly confusing yet unique story that only produces more questions as it progresses, but that's exactly why it's enjoyable. Delta/Cassie route is more interesting than that of Ion/Earthes, although all four main characters are great. Typical of a Gust game, the soundtrack is nothing less than stellar.
Baldr Sky Dive1 “Lost Memory”Well-developed cyberpunk tale with great world-building and complex characters. The combo-based gameplay is addicting and gives this visual novel high replayability. Surprisingly dark at several points, but never excessively. Chinatsu best girl.
Baldr Sky Dive2 “Recordare”A proper closing to an exciting cyberpunk saga. Sora's route is a mindblowing pile of delicious twists and reveals. Great tension and challenging, yet exhilarating fights. Leaves no stone unturned and provides an answer to every lingering question. Could have been a 10/10 if it weren't for the mandatory flashback sidestory and overly optimistic ending.
Chaos;ChildPossibly the most unpredictable visual novel I've played so far. Each route provides a piece of the puzzle to the well-concealed mystery. Monumental twists that keep you hooked. Memorable characters, particularly the villains. Contains a lot of good statements on the ups and downs of information technology.
Corpse Party BloodCoveredMostly terrifying, sometimes unintentional comedy. Characters are two-dimensional like in most horror media, but the story is genuinely interesting, especially during the second half. Refreshing to see an RPG Maker title that's not a cookiecutter adventure tale.
Eiyuu * SenkiSengoku Rance with a softer touch. Nice waifus and H-scenes, but the protagonist's personality is flatter than paper. Plot is somewhat average, though the final arc is a bit heavy-handed. Might be a bit too easy for those who are accustomed to tactical games. Nobunaga is unarguably best girl.
EvenicleBasically a lighter, softer Rance with a completely likable cast. Appealing visuals, fun battle system, and well-developed characters. Kathryn is hands down the best character Alicesoft has ever created (yes, I like her even more than Rance). Seriously, it's worth playing the game just for her.
Ever17 -The Out of Infinity-King of "escape room" visual novels... that is, until Root Double stole the throne. Nevertheless, it's one hell of an experience with suspenseful moments like no other. Artstyle might be a bit dated for some and the final arc can be irritatingly complex at some points.
Grisaia no Kajitsu -Le Fruit de la Grisaia-All-star cast with surprisingly great humor and tasteful (though sometimes forceful) drama. The quality of the routes is extremely diverse, with Michiru and Yumiko receiving the short end of the stick. Common route drags at times.
G-senjou no MaouSolid "cat-and-mouse" mystery visual novel filled with great suspense. Haru is best girl for sure, although special mention goes to Tsubaki for having the most entertaining evil route. Bland villain, underwhelming climax reveal, and the narrative sometimes being too smart for its own good prevent the game for reaching its full potential.
Gyakuten KenjiWatching the excellent chemistry between Miles and Kay is a major part of the game's enjoyment. Investigation feature is nice, though it's been done better in other franchises (e.g. Danganronpa). First and final cases are the strongest. Main villain is somewhat forgettable.
Gyakuten Saiban 3Godot is the ultimate chadlord and enough bump the game up by a few points. However, the trials other than the final one vary in quality. Mainly worth playing just to experience the splendid final case alone. Spot-on humor like with other games in the franchise.
Gyakuten Saiban 5Although Athena is a highly lovable sidekick and the Matrix minigame is dope, only the final trial is memorable and the main villain is by far the worst in the franchise. Some of the soundtracks are superior to their classic version whereas others are worse.
Ikusa Megami VeritaQuite a noticeable step down from Zero, but still a fun game nevertheless. Loui is a welcome addition to the main cast, rivaling Celica for the spot of best Eushully protagonist. World-building, visuals, and (especially) gameplay are an improvement from Zero, but the story and pacing are inferior. Also more lighthearted, which is both a good and bad thing.
Ikusa Megami ZeroEushully's magnum opus. Story starts off as your typical RPG plot, but slowly becomes something much darker, grander, and sadder. Celica is a terrific protagonist, but the real MVP is the sadistic Haishera. Her chapter is one of the best "villain perspective" stories I have ever read in the medium.
Kamidori Alchemy MeisterBest gameplay in the medium besides Sengoku Rance. On the other hand, the worst girl has the best route, while the best girl has the worst route. Moreover, the overall narrative of this game isn't even great to begin with. Come mainly for the Fire Emblem-style battle system.
Kangokutou Mary SkelterOne of the better dungeon crawlers with a fascinating fairy tale theme and lovable cast. Classes are a bit unbalanced, with Marshal and Paladin being mandatory in higher difficulties. Decent story, though the plot twist is extremely predictable. The world-building could have been better.
Kyokugen Dasshutsu ADV - Zennin Shibou DesuFairly mundane overall despite the well-done mysterious atmosphere. The interesting story is brought down by the dull characters and annoyingly complex puzzles. Despite being unpredictable, not all the twists are for the better.
Madou Koukaku ~Yami no Tsuki Megami wa Doukoku de Utau~Overlord route is a truly spectacular power fantasy. Battles are decently challenging and fun, but the final skirmishes in the true route are a major pain that will test your patience. Fun city management gameplay that feels highly rewarding. The three musketeers should have gotten more screentime.
Maggot BaitsClockup's strongest title. Perhaps the most interesting story I have read from any H-oriented visual novel. Plot and characters lack solid development, but the driving question was intriguing enough for me to binge the entire thing in two days. EX-tier character designs.
Making * LoversCute romance comedy and likely the funniest visual novel I've played. Karen's route is undeniable the strongest, while Mashiro's route leave a lot to be desired. Charming visuals and character designs. A pure romantic love story for those wanting something vanilla.
Monmusu Quest! Shuushou ~Makereba Youjo ni Okasareru~Moderately fun at first, though it gets repetitive later on. Alice is a charming main heroine, but just about everyone else is forgettable. Artstyle and soundtrack are below average, so play this mainly for the decent story and gameplay. Oh yeah, and also the entertaining bad ends.
Muv-Luv AlternativeNeon Genesis Evangelion meets Edge of Tomorrow. Worth suffering through the two terrible prequels for. Full of nail-biting moments that kept me at the edge of my seat. Last quarter of the story is absolutely phenomenal. Strong emotional moments that nearly made me shed tears. Only the snail-paced first half kept it from being perfect.