The 4th Unit - Wyatt is the only masterpiece game of April 1992.
1. The 4th Unit - Wyatt 第４のユニット ＷＹＡＴＴ  DataWest 1 2
Judge Badnack is restoring vicious criminal organization and for doing that he kidnapped Zero and took control of UN assault space satellite Wyatt. Bio-win and Dalzy must use any means necessary to oppose Badnack and rescue Zero.
This is the last episode in the story before company went bankrupt
Sotsugyou Shashin / Miki is the VN of March 1992.
1. Yamamura Misa Suspense: Kinsenka Kyo Ezara Satsujin Jiken 山村美紗サスペンス 金盞花京絵皿殺人事件  TOSE Software 1
While on a trip to Kyoto a restaurant review writer decides to investigate the murder of a woman from a rich family.
As far as I know all the games of TOSE Software are based on real life novels, so reality and unexpected turns is what they excell at. It has all t
Joker II is the only masterpiece game of February 1992.
1. Bacta Bacta  Himeya Soft 1 2
Jinpachi looks out for demons and fights them. Since demons may hide as female humans, he has to use unorthodox physical techniques sometimes to reveal their true identity.
The protagonist really sticks out as a cool guy always wearing glasses and having affinity for guns. He has two important talents - ability to detect de
Himitsu no Hanazono is the most curious game of January 1991.
1. Green Oasis グリーンオアシス  Ucom
Green Oasis is a system of rebuilding any undeveloped planet into an environment suitable for life over the course of several years. A development officer responsible for Oasis Plan on a certain star was attacked and injured with important documents stolen.
Relix is an investigator sent to the star to deal with the inci
Year 1991 was the first with monthly issues and for that reason the hardest. Let's first try to determine its prominent features for VNs:
- Number of adult games increased greately to some 100 titles overall
- PC-98 era arrives with mouse support and the older systems finally lose support
- RPG percentage remains high at some 20% while ADV grows significantly to some 50%
- New sub-genres appear - point-and-click, quiz, board game.
- Some games start to use action icons
Gidyy is the only masterpiece of December 1991.
1. Ranma 1/2 - Toraware no Hanayome らんま１/２ とらわれの花嫁  Tenky 1 2 3 4 5 6
Each chapter focuses on separate theme in Ranma 1/2 universe.
There are English reviews.
2. Strush ストラッシュ  Orange House
Hero is ninja detective on a request to investigate disappearances in a famous private
Psychic Detective Series Vol. 5: Nightmare is the only masterpiece of November 1991.
1. Shinsengumi - Bakumatsu Genshikou 新撰組 ～幕末幻視行～  Wolf Team
An ordinary school girl experienced time slip to the Edo period while on a school trip. And since she resembled captain of Shinsengumi unit Okita Souji, she just pretended to be him.
Who likes Shinsengumi? Or should I better ask who does not like Shinsengumi? Those br
Rance III - Leazas Kanraku finally gets solid mechanics and is worthy to be called VN of October 1991.
1. Sore Yuke Nanpa-kun それゆけナンパくん  Virgin House 1
A young man named Hidetsugu dreams of having a girlfriend. One day he meets a girl on the street and tries to impress her. However, a rival appears unexpectedly and the girl is unable to choose between them. The two have a conversation and agree that the stronger men is the one
Cosmic Psycho is the only masterpiece of September 1991.
1. Joker ジョーカー  Birdy Soft 1 2
Wild is the nickname of protagonist. The setting is american Wild West. Years ago "The Great Disaster" happened to the village and Wild's father sacrificed his life to deal with it. On the anniversary of the event talented witch Laura was to see the future of the village, but for some reason she saw nothing. You are sent to a neighboring town
Kimi Dake ni Ai o... is a very curious game and is worth being VN of August 1991.
1. 2069 AD  Home Data
Year 2069. The number of women decreased sharply. Many of the remaining women started to behave rigidly towards the men and men suicide cases skyrocketed.
The hero starts to wear a dubious costume and the mask of a wrestler calling himself "Mr. S". He will punish arrogant women.
Nike is the VN of July 1991. I also value Cybernetic Hi-School Part 4 ~Ape Hunter J~ high, but in the end it's just a bakage with quiz mixes.
1. Nike ナイキ  Cocktail Soft
In 2526 pilot Nike (22) with co-pilot girl Miho (17) are participating in interstellar space race after winning the race the previous year. However the princess of the host planet Athena got kidnapped and Nike is going to search for Athena while participating in
Foreword: I just had to try Elf adventure title. Now I joined the army of Hiruda scenario fans. Title: ELLE Original Title: エル Developer: Elf Release Date: 1991-06-23 Summary: Post-nuclear world last survivors dome city. "Black Widow" organization is trying to obstruct plans for human survival while anti-terror organization along with lady sniper Elle oppose them. VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v2293
Video playthrough: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLENAECnNmAq_KMeaBzd3g0HXL2znhn-eQ
ELLE is my favorite in June 1991.
1. Cobra II: Densetsu no Otoko コブラII―伝説の男― 寺沢武  Hudson Soft 1 2 3 4
Badass space pirate Cobra is here again. This time he's accompanied by sexy bounty hunter Jane who turns out to chase after his own head. But all the conflicts are forgotten when Cobra's archenemy Crystal Boy shows up. And both of space adventurers have valid enough reasons to join forces and hunt for Crystal Boy.
Ginsei Senshin Guynarock is the VN of May 1991 by default - it's the closest thing to a visual novel this month.
1. Ginsei Senshin Guynarock 銀聖戦神ガイナロック  Techno Brain
In 2125 a special unit SIS was created to defend against extraterrestrial life. It consists of five female members - Erie, Louis, Megu, Remy and Io. After investigating an unidentified spacecraft heading for Earth, Erie was attacked by a scientist Baikal who vanishe
I put Psychic Detective Series Vol. 4: Orgel above other games in April 1991 even though there are also such masterpieces as CAL II and Nostalgia 1907.
1. Sadistic Gamers Part 5 Burusera Play サディスティック・ゲーマーズ PART-5 -ブルセラ・プレイ-  Sixteens Brucella issue of Sadistic Gamers doujin game.
Same lesbian sadists, but nothing else is known about this game.
2. Nostalgia 1907 ノスタルジア1907 [910
Jesus II is the only masterpiece of March 1991.
1. Hoshi no Suna Monogatari 星の砂物語  D.O. 1
Gengorou enjoyed his peaceful life in boarding house till one of its inhabitants got killed. House owner asks Gen to make own investigation and this is an offer that can't be turned down since Gen does not have an alibi and is a suspect himself.
Plot exists merely as weak excuse to harass 5 girl boarding house members. A
Akagawa Jirou no Yuurei Ressha is VN of the February 1991 by default - Prontis is too much of a half-baked game.
1. Akagawa Jirou no Yuurei Ressha 赤川次郎の幽霊列車  Mighty Craft 1 2
Based on detective novel. Eight people have vanished and rumors state that they were carried away by ghost train. The key to these events lies in a remote village.
It is famicom game so it inherits its disadvantages. As in every famicom d
There are no masterpieces in January and Dragon Eyes becomes the winner by default since it's the closest thing to a normal visual novel.
1. Dragon Eyes ドラゴンアイズ  Fairytale 1
Dragon Eyes is a "space opera" kind of story, focusing on a young girl named Ines, who lives on the planet Miu of the Phi Sun. She grew up together with a space agent named Klind, to whom she refers as "brother". One day, her superior from the planet Garudor
My masterpieces list:1. Can Can Bunny Superior2. De-Ja3. Illumina!4. Misty Blue5. Sekai de Ichiban Kimi ga Suki!6. Slope 7. Suijaku Sakusen 2 Moeyo Dragon8. The 4th Unit - Merry Go Round9. Toushin Toshi10. Yami no Ketsuzoku11. Urotsukidouji12. Urusei Yatsura: Stay With You 1990 is the year of RPG. Their number and diversity put interactive adventures VNs to shame. 1990 is a revolutionary year in many aspects. First doujin works, first nsfw covers, first explicit sex scenes, first lgbt game, firs
Foreword: I've wanted to play this game for a long time. I've always considered it to be the grandfather of all adventure visual novels, but only found time for it while doing year 1990 coverage. So this is Elf's first grand work and the first Elf work to have Hiruda as story writer. Game is amazing but at the same time there aren't that many japanese reviews and as many as zero English ones. How can that even be possible?! I've no answers. My best guess is that work is prior to internet era and
Year 1989 masterpieces:1. Burning Point2. Dororo ~Jigoku Emaki no Shou~3. Dual Targets - The 4th Unit Act.34. Paragon Sexa Doll5. Tawhid6. 38 Man Kilo no Kokuu7. Dragon Knight8. Twilight Zone 3 Nagakute Amai Yoru9. Hare Nochi Oosawagi!10. Imitation wa Aisenai11. Nishimura Kyoutarou Mystery: Blue Train Satsujin Jiken12. Asoko no Koufuku13. Psychic Detective Series Vol. 1: Invitation - Kage kara no Shoutaijou14. Psychic Detective Series Vol. 2: Memories The two main candidates for VN of the year f
In 1988 there are even more games, but I have only selected 9 as masterpieces:1. Soft de Hard na Monogatari2. Chatty3. Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Koukeisha4. Lipstick. ADV5. Onryou Senki6. Psy-O-Blade7. Angelus ~Akuma no Fukuin~8. Snatcher9. Akira Year 1988 is the year when PC-98 won. In 1987 there were only couple games with pc-98 versions. Occasional games start to have animation and sometimes even certain phrases voiced. In 1988 there's a very big share of visual novels made deliberately for
The number of visual novels in 1987 increased greatly, but the number of masterpieces is relatively the same:1. Amazons no Hihou2. Urusei Yatsura3. DNA4. Koroshi no Dress5. Hadou no Hyouteki6. Jesus7. Nakayama Miho no Tokimeki High School8. Hiatari Ryoukou!9. The 4th Unit1987 has become a great breakthrough for visual novels. Text parser has been made obsolete by command selection and quite many games that amplify text over gameplay or graphics have showed up (even though the graphics have evolu
The masterpieces of the year 1986:1. Shiro to Kuro no Densetsu ~Rinne Tensei Hen~2. Wingman 2: Kitakura no Fukkatsu3. Boukenshatachi Kenja no Yuigon4. Alpha5. Hokuto no Ken: Violence Gekiga Adventure6. J.B. Harold no Jikenbo #1 - Final Mystery - Murder Club7. Casablanca ni Ai o Satsujinsha wa Jikuu o Koete8. Gall Force - Eternal Story9. Maison Ikkoku ~Omoide no Photograph~10. Suishou no Dragon11. Little Princess12. Toki no Tabibito13. 1000-nen Oukoku
So there are very few VNs in 1985 and even fewer account for masterpieces. Karuizawa Yuukai Annai was obviously a favorite after Horii Yuji won the previous two years, but the game lacks the mystery and fills it with lots of fanservice. El Dorado Denki gets a pretty devastating review. Tenshi-tachi no Gogo is an eroge that I would strike out if it weren't in the 80s. Abyss II and Dezeni World still use text parser. So why not Shiro to Kuro no Densetsu first title? The story is fresh and serious.