Think of these as free little novellas that you pick up at a stand on the way so you have some reading material during the commute, except instead of books with paper pages, they're videogames.
The subgenres explained:
A quirky kinetic novel about a doctor and his assistant trying to solve a strange case of missing children's bones in a mining town. Think Sherlock Holmes with the added whimsy and macabre of a fairy tale.
This cute love story about time, space, and nothingness feels like poetry, and the ability to rewind time adds a bit of meta-ness to it.
In this otome game that takes place in the Roaring Twenties, you land a spot as a bartender in a speakeasy. Oh, and it turns out you're actually a magician, and you have to choose one of three experienced magic users to tutor you before your exam, which you have to pass if you don't want to have both your magic and your memory wiped. No biggie!
This one turns the tables on the whole "virtual pet monster" craze. Now, you're the pet monster being taken care of.
This deceptive bishojo game wears a cutesy mask that conceals dark secrets. Once that mask is off, the game goes from being sickly-sweet romance to full-blown psychological horror.
WARNING: This game contains a buttload of themes in the third act that may trigger people of a more sensitive disposition. Telling you exactly what they are will somewhat spoil the experience. However, if you'd rather want to be safe than sorry, click here for a full list of the triggers.
You're a young female highschool student who inherits her late grandfather's toy company, only to discover that his mansion is the safe haven of a group of incubi who fled the underworld. It's very much an otome dating sim, so you get exactly what you expect... and perhaps a little more if you're willing to break a few conventions. Additionally, the voice-acting is pretty decent in this one.
There's a collection of bonus episodes that you can also play for free here.
There's also a commercially-sold sequel, which you can purchase here.
The only kinetic novel I've come across so far that's based on a true story. It's absolutely inspiring and definitely worth a try.
A quirky and delightful buddy cop story. It's hard to not be endeared by a noir-style detective who revels in her clichés, especially when paired with such an adorable by-the-book cop.
A sequel was in the works but is unfortunately cancelled. You can play a presentable but unfinished version of that here.