So, I love visual novels, more so than manga (but a little bit less than anime). But they have a very niche fanbase, being that they have that Japanese art style and the fact that they're books you can't really get in print form. Who else likes reading off a screen with the music in the back with those pictures of your favourite characters changing their facial expressions?! My personal favourites are Ever17, Planatarian (;_;), Phoenix Wright, Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, and Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni. It's surprisingly harder than one would think it would be to get the h-scenes in most GOOD games. Those games made for the sake of shoving hentai in your face are for perverts. >.> Real visual novels are like books. As you can tell from my choices, I usually play visual novels that are linear, having one plot line. I am just horrible at making decisions about girls >.< I wish there were a lot more in English though, so that I could actually read some.