Top Visual Novels of 2022

Mirror 2: Project X

A story-driven game where you play as an FBRP agent protecting mankind from supernatural events. This game spans eight chapters and offers both story and challenge modes, blending decision-making with roguelike elements.
Genres: Supernatural, Story-Driven, Roguelike
– Release Date: 2022
– Tags: Supernatural, Agency, Choices

Syberia: The World Before

Follow the intertwined stories of Dana Roze in 1937 and Kate Walker in 2004 as they unravel a mystery. This game is known for its period storytelling, beautiful sceneries, and puzzle-solving elements.
Genres: Mystery, Puzzle, Adventure
Release Date: March 18, 2022
Tags: Time Travel, Puzzle, Mystery


A unique visual novel focusing on the life of a streamer, blending social media culture with personal drama.
Genres: Drama, Contemporary
Release Date: January 21, 2022
Tags: Streamer Life, Drama, Social Media

Piofiore: Episodio 1926

An exceptional otome visual novel set in Italy, with a mafia story backdrop and a focus on historical events.
Genres: Otome, Historical Fiction, Mafia
Release Date: 2022
Tags: Mafia, Italy, Historical

Corpse Factory

A visual novel exploring taboo subjects and eroticism, set in a narrative that challenges the player with provocative storytelling.
Genres: Dark, Erotic, Subversive
Release Date: 2022
Tags: Taboo, Provocative, Dark

Perfect Gold: The Alchemy of Happiness

A brief, sweet visual novel about coming-of-age and romance, exemplifying micro-indie achievements in the genre.
Genres: Romance, Coming-of-Age, Indie
Release Date: 2022
Tags: Romance, Youth, Indie

Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei

Set in the Genpei wars era, this historical fiction visual novel offers an epic narrative rarely explored in the genre.
Genres: Historical Fiction, Epic, War
Release Date: 2022
Tags: Historical, Japan, War

Monster Prom

A high school set in a world of monsters, focusing on securing a date for the prom. Features humor and an emotionally expressive cast.
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School Life
Release Date: 2022
Tags: Monsters, High School, Dating

The House in Fata Morgana

A captivating story set in a mysterious mansion, blending various genres and time periods seamlessly.
Genres: Mystery, Time Travel, Horror
Release Date: 2022
Tags: Mystery, Mansion, Time Travel

Senren Banka

A romantic visual novel set in a Japanese village with rich history and folklore, involving a magical maiden and a mysterious sword.
Genres: Romance, Folklore, Mystery
Release Date: 2022
Tags: Romance, Japanese Folklore, Mystery

Across the Grooves

An artistic visual novel with a compelling mystery, focusing on a woman’s journey across Europe in search of her past.
Genres: Mystery, Artistic, Adventure
Release Date: 2022
Tags: Mystery, Journey, Europe

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

A thrilling visual novel where students at a prestigious academy must play a deadly game. The story involves solving murders to escape, with intense twists and moral dilemmas.
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Drama
– Release Date: 2022 (Re-release)
– Tags: Murder Mystery, High School, Survival

Doki Doki Literature Club!

A visual novel that starts as a typical dating sim but evolves into a dark, psychological horror, challenging player expectations and exploring complex themes.
Genres: Psychological Horror, Dating Sim
– Release Date: 2022 (Re-release)
– Tags: Horror, Psychological, Metafiction

Chronicles from 4.012

A multi-choice otome game set in a cyberpunk world, offering diverse narrative paths and a rich, futuristic setting.
Genres: Otome, Cyberpunk, Interactive Fiction
– Release Date: 2022
– Tags: Cyberpunk, Choices, Futuristic

Data on the top visual novel games was compiled from various sales charts, gaming forums, Reddit groups, social media posts, and websites including Gameranx​​, Digitally Downloaded​​, GamingScan​​, Rock Paper Shotgun​​,​​, and Gamepressure​​.

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