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Indie VN's: Not Really Into This "Romance" Thing

"I think I'd like visual novels, but they're so gushy and full of romance and stuff."

Yeah, well, that's certainly a thing....HOWEVER, did you know not all visual novels are romance-based? Crazy right? Here are free visual novels that are either absent of or have a very downplayed romantic aspect.

An interactive visual novel on growing up while navigating the struggles and uncertainties of invisible illness.
Visual Novel
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The Space Between is a surreal narrative experience in three acts.
Adventure
A death-positive game where you play as a mortician tasked with running a funeral home
Visual Novel
A visual novel about death, deserts, and introspection.
Visual Novel
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Interactive Fiction
Visual Novel
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EXPERIENCE THE TERROR BENEATH
Visual Novel
Can living with monsters soothe a weary human heart?
Visual Novel
Lost in space and moments away from death, what do you do?
Visual Novel
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Join an ace PI and her hacker extraordinaire as they investigate the shady underworld of their small town.
Visual Novel
Be Judge, Jury, and Executioner
Visual Novel
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‘goth gf’s iPhone’ airdrops you - accept or decline? A love/horror story about life, death, & memes.
Visual Novel
What happened on that Island of Death?
Visual Novel
A visual novel where you play as a divorced dad trying to order the perfect pizza.
Visual Novel
A story about loss, ghosts, and possibly a cookie recipe.
Visual Novel
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Unearth secrets. Solve a murder. Confront the darkness. Whatever transpires, you’re guaranteed to be up all night.
Visual Novel
Trapped in a strange new world: ours
Visual Novel
A kinetic novel adaptation of the classic play.
Visual Novel
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A horror-themed visual novel about traversing a hospital in the dark, the creature that lurks within, and a radio.
Visual Novel
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here fishy fishy f̵̥͘͠i̷̱͉͋͑s̵͙̈͘h̵͖̅y̶̜͘
Visual Novel
Martyn Vincent is committed to their work, even in a potential life or death scenario.
Visual Novel
Pudding takes a commute and chats with a passenger
Visual Novel
Two cooks turn dream eaters when troubled, sleepless townsfolk seek their unusual services.
Visual Novel
Don't Stop Reading! What if sometimes the mail we dismiss as Junk was telling the truth?
Visual Novel
GIF
Dark Fantasy/Psychological Horror
Visual Novel
A taxi driver, a girl and memories.
Visual Novel
Will you open it?
Visual Novel
GIF
Reign Supreme over the Neighborhood Kids!
Visual Novel
Highly functional disaster masquerading as a person.
Visual Novel
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