Visual novels don’t get anywhere near as much love as they should. If you’re unfamiliar with the genre, they’re not games in the traditional sense. Visual novels are more like interactive fiction experiences, where your choices drive the direction of the narrative. If you recall fond memories of those 'choose your own adventure' novels, then you'll definitely like what's on offer.
If you’re looking for an easy entry point to the genre, then Banshee’s Last Cry might scratch that itch. In fact, we were so impressed we included it in our Top 10 Free iPad Games of January.
Here’s the developer’s description of the plot:
"Banshee’s Last Cry is a thrilling visual novel that takes readers on a deadly thrill ride of murder and deception. Set in a snowed in hotel lodge during Christmas, vacationers find themselves caught up in a murderous “whodunit” game when someone winds up dead. Local legend tells of a banshee whose screams can rip through flesh, but, is the killer really a deadly monster or the work of a madman?"
With up to 30 different endings, there’s some serious replay value to be found here. Developer Spike Chunsoft is best known for its well received narrative-driven games 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and sequel Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward for the PlayStation Vita.
You can grab it here.
An alternative experience we recommend is Tin Man Games' Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom. Grab it here.