Project 23 Visual Novels in 2023

If you hang around in one of the Mastodon instances you probably have heard some talk about a sort of challenge that goes like “Do X in 2023”.

So far I have only heard of two of those challenges. The first one was the Dungeon23. It is basically a challenge for TTRPG enthusiasts to create one room for a dungeon every day until at the end of the week they have an entire level. By the end of the year you should have a dungeon with 52 levels. If you are curious you can read more about it here.

Another one that just started today is called #23by23 by Off Fleek Geek. It is a more open one where all you have to do is do 23 of something you want in 2023. It can be anything you want to improve or experience. For example it could be practice drawing, go camping in different places, play games in a certain genre. It is up to you.

A screenshot of the toot by Off Fleek Geek explaining the concept of #23by23.

To quote it: "I'm sure this isn't a new concept, but I'm gonna this in the new year and would love to see others join in if it sounds fun to you 😃 


I'm going to pick something I want to experience or improve in, and do 23 examples of that thing.

You could do 23 sketches to work on drawing techniques! Or 23 flash stories to explore writing more! Try 23 new foods and tell us what you thought of them! Write 23 letters to friends! Give it a try and spread the word!"
The toot that started it all!

This picked my interested so I decided to join in. The only question was to decide what kind of 23 things I want to do in 2023.

If I could just follow my heart it would be 23 different TTRPGs or 23 JRPGs. Obviously neither of those are practical. So I decided to go with 23 visual novels to play in 2023.

Is that a low hanging fruit considering how most of it is just reading text and watching cutscenes?

Yeah, I won’t deny it. But there is also a lot of Visual Novels I’ve been meaning to play for a long while so this challenge just seems to be the right motivation to do it. More importantly, it is something that feels like it can be done.

I am also thinking that after I finish one of them I might write a review about the game. This part I am still unsure if I want to follow through. Part of the reason is I don’t feel comfortable writing reviews. To me a person needs to have good eye for details and critical thinking to write a good review. Neither of those are my strong points to be really honest.

The second problem is since Visual Novels are 99.9% story it might be hard to review without spoiling it. Yes, I know the same goes for books and movies and that is something people have been doing for ages without any issues. To which I will just point to my previous issue on how I am not comfortable writing reviews.

Anyway, there are some caveats for this project. The first one is that only games I’ve never started will count. As much as I’d love to go back to Fatal Twelve or Steins;Gate to see the different endings/get all the achievements I already finished those games. And the point of this project is to experience completely new games.

That being said, sequels to games I already played are fair play. I mean, the story of the sequel is new to me.

Which leads me to another caveat. Some of the games of the list below are just the first in a series which in some cases I already have the sequels. I have however not included them in the list because it felt kinda cheating.

However if I like the game a lot and want to jump straight into the sequel I am allowing myself to do so. I am just not sure if in that case I will just count all of it as one game or count it as different games. Probably the latter.

Lastly, this list of games is not set in stone. I am allowed to remove, add or shuffle the order of the games on it for any reason I see fit. But I will try to at least reach the goal of playing 23 visual novels in 2023.

Alright. With all that said here is the list of games I intend to play, in no particular order:

  1. Raging Loop
  2. PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness
  4. The House in Fata Morgana – A Requiem for Innocence
  5. Higurashi: When They Cry
  6. World End Economica episode .01
  7. √Letter – Root Letter
  8. Narcissu 10th Anniversary Anthology Project
  9. Perfect Gold
  10. First Snow
  11. Iwaihime
  12. 428: Shibuya Scramble
  13. Adabana Odd Tales
  14. Sound of Drop – fall into poison –
  16. Cherry Tree High Comedy Club
  17. Analogue: A Hate Story
  19. SeaBed
  20. WILL: A Wonderful World
  21. Memory’s Dogma CODE:01
  22. AI: The Somnium Files
  23. Tokyo Babel

How about you? Do you have any projects that you intend to tackle in 2023?

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