20 Games Like Emily Is Away

Games Like Emily Is Away
Our assortment of games like Emily Is Away features alternatives that combine visual novel gameplay in unique ways and explore relationships with others.

Emily Is Away is an indie visual novel that was made available for free in late 2015. Exploring the early 2000s when life and computer chatting was much simpler the game centres around a chat window where players communicate with Emily. Taking place across a 5 year timeframe your relationship with Emily expands from high school until the senior years of college. Including options for different avatars that feel right out of the old ICQ and Instant Messenger days the level of detail in Emily Is Away quickly pulls you in.

Your friends within the chat client will show similar progression and feel alive as they swap their avatar to the latest hit item, update their details and change their custom away messages. In between this growing up players will communicate with Emily, a fellow student and drive her life with the conversations you have which can have impacts on your future discussions and how the game ends.

The games like Emily Is Away selected for the list below feature similar branching storylines where you’ll drive the ending and select from multiple chat options. While some of these games are more detailed than a simple chat experience you’ll enjoy the same choice orientated experience.

Games Like Emily Is Away

cibele

Cibele

Cibele lets players take control of a 19 year old girl as they explore love through the online medium. Start from the point of meeting in an online game and from there create a relationship that becomes more intense with each chat and phone call. Following this journey of Nina players will move... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(2 votes)
seen

Seen

Seen is a free to play Android title that sends you back to the days of high school as you engage in an interactive story of love. Playing as Mark Blythe (or a name you select yourself) you’ll fall in love with Nicole Tyler, a fellow student that you’ll have to pursue. Not only will... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(2 votes)
depression-quest

Depression Quest

Exploring the dark side of life Depression Quest is a tale contained within over 40,000 words of everyday experiences and encounters with a darker tone attached. Your goal is to make it to one of the several endings which are based on how you’ve managed your depression throughout the game... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(2 votes)
analogue-a-hate-story

Analogue: A Hate Story

With over 50,000 words of content, Analogue: A Hate Story offers up plenty of visual novel gameplay. Focusing on the likes of relationships, human relationships with computers and some LGBT issues you’ll play as an investigator after the reappearance of an interstellar ship after 600 year... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
digital

Digital: A Love Story

Released in 2010 Digital: A Love Story lets you step right into developing a n online relationship with a girl as you also attempt to uncover information relating to the downfall of several AIs. While more linear than similar titles the impressive writing, plot and setting ensure this indie vis... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
lifeline

Lifeline…

Experience an interesting and unique storytelling adventure in Lifeline… a game that has you responding to a seemingly real person on the other side of your phone. As a solely text based game players will explore the story of Taylor as they help them survive a ship crash with branching st... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(4 votes)
metanoia

METANOIA

Offering up a real time adventure contained within an app is METANOIA. Available for both iOS and Android devices your role is to assist the fictional of Sam who finds themselves deep within an evacuated zone without food and other important tools for survival. On first load you’ll be gre... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(2 votes)
tales-from-the-borderlands

Tales From The Borderlands

Tales From The Borderlands joins the ranks amongst Telltale Games other popular episodic point and click graphic adventures. Drawing from the Borderlands series and throwing in the same mix of light-hearted humour that the franchise is known for, it’s another winning combination. Set on t... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(13 votes)
the-wolf-among-us

The Wolf Among Us

The Wolf Among Us is one of Telltale Games popular episode interactive adventures. Drawing inspiration from Bill Willingham’s Fables comic book franchise the games availability on multiple platforms makes this one not to miss. Set in 1986 the magical creatures of myth, legend and folklore... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(19 votes)
episode

Episode – Choose Your Story

Episode – Choose Your Story is a mobile (iOS and Android) experience that lets you drive the story in the direction that you want. Known for great variety of stories and regular updates, Episode is a game you can keep installed for a lengthy period of time. Episode – Choose Your Sto... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(7 votes)
until-dawn

Until Dawn

Until Dawn is a PlayStation 4 exclusive addition to the interactive drama genre. With survival and horror elements the game promises a twist filled adventure with many key decisions left in the players hand. Following the story of eight trapped friends in a remote mountain location things quick... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(13 votes)
heavy-rain

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain takes you through an interactive drama on your PlayStation 3. Based on film noir thrillers the game is full of mystery with a serial killer at the heart of the plot. The game lets you experience four main characters as you advance through the various game chapters. Each of them has a... Read More »

User Score
7.4
(19 votes)
back-to-the-future

Back to the Future: The Game

Telltale Games is no stranger to the graphical adventure genre and it’s take on the Back to the Future series will please both fans of the genre and the popular movie series. Taking place several months after the films you’ll get to continue the time travel adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Bro... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(11 votes)
choice-of-robots

Choice of Robots

Choice of Robots is a uniquely text orientated experience that is filled with over 300,000 words. It’s a science fiction themed adventure that blends novel with the interactive and delivers plenty of surprises. Written by Kevin Gold the game is entirely text based with players given compl... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(10 votes)
the-walking-dead

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is an adventure game that lets players make key decisions to alter the direction of the story. The game was released in a series of episodes and has been released across a large range of platforms due to the success it has experienced. Fans of the comic or television series wil... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(38 votes)
katawa-shoujo

Katawa Shoujo

Katawa Shoujo is a visual novel set in a unique setting. The game takes place in the fictional Yamaku High School which is specifically designed for the disabled. Note the game is mature in nature and recommended for older audiences (18+), an option to disable sexual themes is included. This co... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(32 votes)
x-note

X-note

X-note is an interesting blend of mystery, visual adventure and dating simulation game. The game was released in Mar 2011 and includes a playable demo on the official website. The game follows Essi as she attempts to discover the truth to her past. The game is set 10 years after the death of he... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(9 votes)
nicole

Nicole

Nicole is one of the newer releases to come from Winter Wolves who are well known for their impressive otome games. The game comes with a free demo and is available on Windows and Mac. The game has otome style features but is very much a life simulation game at its core with players controlling... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(16 votes)
cinders

Cinders

If you’ve ever wanted to play through a Cinderella story then Cinders is the visual novel for you. The game was developed by MaoCube and released for Mac and Windows in 2012. Cinders does a great job at bridging the gap between interactive novels and newcomers to the genre. It’s very well prese... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(10 votes)
re-alistair

Re: Alistair++

Re: Alistair++ is a free game like My Candy Love. The game is one of the few English romance and dating (otome) games available and paired with the free price tag its a winning formula for sucess. Re: Alistair++ is published by SakeVisual and since its release in 2010 the game has been translat... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(30 votes)