Here's one for you hardened narratologists wanting to push theory into practice.
is an interactive novel authoring and presentation engine from CuriousFactory
. It's freely downloadable (though not open source) for the Windows platform here
. As a Linux user I haven't been able to try it. If you do and feel like writing a little review of your experiences, drop us a line
and we'll post it.
Says the site:What is Visual Novel?
Most Visual Novels have multiple storylines and many endings; the gameplay mechanic in these cases typically consists of intermittent multiple-choice decision points, where the player selects a direction in which to take the game. This style of gameplay has been compared to the Choose Your Own Adventure novels. Most, however, strive for a higher level of plot and character depth than the aforementioned series of interactive children's books. These can be more closely compared to story-driven interactive fiction.
Content and Genre of Visual Novel
In the West, there is a stereotype of: "Visual Novel = Dating Sim Game = Hentai", but that is wrong. Visual Novels CAN be Dating Sim games, Ren'ai games, Bishoujo games but also can be Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure and Horror Fiction games, or anything that the user's creativity comes up with.