How to Make Your Own Visual Novel – Notes



  • Free
  • Don’t need to know Python nor coding
  • Very active community with frequent engine updates


  • $150
  • Unity plugin
  • Frequent engine updates

More Engines

  • Twine
  • VNMaker
  • Game Maker
  • Tyrano Builder
  • Novelty

Text Editing Software

  • Notepad++
  • Sublime
  • Visual Studio
  • Atom
  • Editra


Google Docs

  • Free
  • Saves automatically to Google Drive
  • Allows easy sharing and collaboration

Articy Draft

  • $99.99
  • Game asset manager
  • Allows you to test the flow of the game


  • $49
  • Primarily for writing and managing long scripts


Examples of Character Sprites

Examples of Cut Scene Art (CGs)

Free Art Programs


Free Audio

Tim Reichert’s So you want to be a Video Game Composer Guide


Chris Zukowski’s How To Market a Game blog

How to Make Twitter Painless for Indie Game Marketing

Other Resources

Free Resources

  • DevTalk+
    • A Discord server for anyone interested in visual novel dev, including artists, voice actors, writers, and more
  • Canva
    • Free graphic designing tool
  • Unsplash
    • Free to use photos
  • Freesound
    • Free to use sound effects (check licenses before using)
  • Lemmasoft
    • Largest English forum for visual novels, primarily for developers
  • Visual;Conference
    • An annual online conference for visual novel devs, with each of the previous panels uploaded to YouTube

Game Jams has a wide array of community-hosted game jams here.