I did everything with a spreadsheet program but there are also other useful "mind-mapping" programs including Free Mind.It's not always necessary to use them - especially with good tools like Ren' Py available - but they can help.
Although both visual novels (VNs) and dating sims have been gaining popularity in western markets, many people still don't know exactly what they are or, more likely, have the wrong idea about them.While it certainly helps - especially for gameplay - it's really not necessary to play original Japanese visual novels or dating sims.For example, I've produced several visual novels and dating sims.▼ All four girls are excited that you’re joining their club. But still, those warnings from the beginning are always in the back of your head, waiting and wondering…. If you’re intrigued at all, then I highly recommend downloading the game (for free! You could watch a Let’s Play on You Tube, but the game is pretty short (I beat it in less than four hours), and doing it yourself is part of the experience. I never thought my favorite video game of the year would be a dating sim/visual novel, but here we are, and I will never look at the genres the same way again… Their conversations and personalities make it easy to forget all about those warnings at the beginning….
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Visual novels are a graphic novel of sorts and a story with optional paths the reader can follow.