Games of the Year

RPGFan Games of the Year 2023: Best Graphic Adventure or Visual Novel

GOTY 2023 Best Graphic Adventure / Visual Novel Little Goody Two Shoes

Winner: Little Goody Two Shoes

We got a little treat for the spooky season this year in the form of Little Goody Two Shoes. With a wild style that wrings every ounce of visual creativity it could out of the RPGMaker look, this narrative game is candy for the eyes. Elise has to dodge accusations of witchcraft from her fellow villagers as well as from the witchy things that chase her at night. The German-ish town of Kieferberg makes you feel like you’re in a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, while the style also pays homage to the OG magical girls of Disney and anime. And it’s all nestled in a warm otome, where Elise gets to woo the ladies in captivating romance. But make the right decisions, or Elise’s dreams of a better life might become nightmares. Little Goody Two Shoes gets under your skin from the start. It’s scary good.

by Abraham Kobylanski

Runner-Up: Master Detective Archives: Rain Code

After the rollercoaster of the Danganronpa series, Spike Chunsoft and series creator Kazutaka Kodaka had a lot riding on them for any follow-up. While Master Detective Archives: Rain Code is a new IP, the game is instilled with the DNA of the Danganronpa series while standing on its own feet. The forever-raining Kanai Ward is as much of a character as the maniacal spirit Shinigami and the master detectives investigating the corruption of the evil Amaterasu Corporation. Fans who enjoyed the intricate mysteries of the game’s spiritual predecessor will be right at home with the twists and turns presented in Rain Code. The game is a natural progression of the previous series’ systems and a joy for any mystery fan.

by Tyler Trosper

Readers’ Choice: Best Graphic Adventure or Visual Novel of 2023

Winner: Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo (13.3% of votes)

Runner-Up: Slay the Princess (11.9% of votes)

Abraham Kobylanski

Abraham Kobylanski

Abe's love for RPGs began when picked up Earthbound for the SNES in 1995, and it hasn't gone out since. He grew up with the classic 16-bit RPGs, like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasies, though he's gravitated more toward Western and Strategy RPGs lately. His passion for the genre was especially reinvigorated in the past few years with amazing games like FFVII:R, Persona 5 and Yakuza: LAD. He's always on the hunt for cool, smaller obscure games as well.