17 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 while exploring personal relationships.

Emily Is Away is a free to play indie visual novel released in 2015 which follows your relationship with a girl. Exploring the early 2000s when life and computer chatting was 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 and relationship building 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 and pull from pop culture of the era. In between this growing up players will communicate with Emily, a fellow student and drive their life with the conversations you have which can have impacts on your future discussions and ultimately 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 with visual novel mechanics.
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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 combination of visual novel and otome game follows the adventures of a boy as he makes friends with five female characters. Players join the story as this boy (Hisao Nakai) after he joins Yamaku High School ...[Read Review]

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9 User Avg (32 votes)
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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 Story boasts thousands of different stories in various settings and genres ensuring players can either play a comedy focused adventure or one with a bit more romance instead. Popular stories include high scho...[Read Review]

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Cibele

Cibele lets players take control of a 19 year old girl as they explore love through the online medium and all the challenges that this rollercoaster entails. Combined with unique story telling Cibele is an eye opening exploration of the challenges of being a teenager in what is becoming an increasingly online connected world although does play more like a story-telling experience than a video game. Cibele was created by Nina Freeman with the game inspired by her own experiences of romance. Start...[Read Review]

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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 with multiple attempts available to explore the branching stories. 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 while also learning more about the other main characters of Mike, Jake, Jenny and Vale. These supporting characters add more depth to your Nicole orientated story as...[Read Review]

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8.8 User Avg (6 votes)
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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 the character of Nicole as she experiences college life. The game also blends in a touch of mystery and detective work. Soon after Nicole settles into her new university dorm she learns that a number of o...[Read Review]

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8.7 User Avg (17 votes)
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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 will recognise the world which the game is set in. Players join this world soon after the zombie apocalypse and step into the shoes of Lee Everett, a convicted murderer. Early on in this adventure players hel...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (38 votes)
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Choice of Robots

Choice of Robots is a uniquely text orientated experience that is filled with over 300,000 words of story and world building making it one of the largest text based adventure games currently available. It’s a science fiction themed adventure that blends novel with the interactive and delivers plenty of surprises along the way for players to uncover. Written by Kevin Gold the game is entirely text based with players given complete control over every single element of the game world. As the name s...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (14 votes)
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Digital: A Love Story

Released in 2010 Digital: A Love Story lets you step right into developing an online relationship with a girl as you also attempt to uncover information relating to the recent downfall of several AIs. While the story is more linear than similar titles the impressive writing, plot and setting ensure this indie visual novel is likely to be among the must play list for fans of the genre. Digital: A Love Story is a free to play adventure available for Windows, Mac and Linux users. Describing itself ...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (14 votes)
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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 translated into German and Russian game versions. The game plays out like a visual novel and has players taking control of the main character, Merui Lucas. It is up to you to make the day to day decisions that Mer...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (31 votes)
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The Wolf Among Us

The Wolf Among Us is one of Telltale Games popular episode interactive adventures split across 5 episodes. While not quite as popular as the larger franchise interactive adventure adaptations like Back To The Future, Borderlands and Walking Dead it’s still one of the fan favourite productions from the studio. Unfortunately, due to the shutdown of Telltale the planned sequel was never completed leaving The Wolf Among Us as the sole edition in the series. Drawing inspiration from Bill Willin...[Read Review]

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8.3 User Avg (22 votes)
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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 quickly take a turn for the worst when all signs lead to them not being alone. With tensions at an all time high and fear taking hold the decisions in front of you can literally mean the difference between life...[Read Review]

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Cinders

Cinders is a visual novel story that explores the life and adventures of a Cinderella inspired story. Developed and published by MaoCube for Windows and Mac gamers in 2012 the story centric title was later brought to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Exploring the lives of several women Cinders is a story with hundreds of potential decisions to be made that drive how their story unfolds. Cinders is an inviting experience for both fans of the interactive novel genre and newcom...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (10 votes)
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Depression Quest

Exploring the dark side of life and the struggles of depression in the modern world Depression Quest is a tale contained within the over 40,000 words of game writing that explores everyday experiences and encounters with a shadow of depression hanging over players. Your ultimate goal in Depression Quest is to make it to one of the several endings available which are based on how you’ve managed your depression throughout the game and thus encourages players to attempt the game multiple time...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (11 votes)
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X-note

X-note is an interesting blend of mystery, visual adventure and dating simulation game released in March 2011 with a free playable demo available through the official website. With a mixture of genres included X-note offers broad general appeal although doesn’t explore all these elements as deeply as some other games which are focused on specific elements and mechanics. X-note has mysterious foundations with the game following Essi as she attempts to discover the truth to her past which was hidd...[Read Review]

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7.9 User Avg (9 votes)
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Analogue: A Hate Story

With over 50,000 words of content, Analogue: A Hate Story offers up plenty of visual novel gameplay, depth and story to explore. Focusing on the likes of relationships, generational societies, the human relationship with computers (transhumanism), LGBT, cosplay and marriage there are multiple themes underpinning the vast range of text. In Analogue: A Hate Story you play as an investigator after the reappearance of an interstellar ship after 600 years of lost contact who digs through the text fil...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (8 votes)
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Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain takes you through an interactive drama that draws inspiration from film noir thrillers the game is full of mystery with a serial killer at the heart of the plot that you jump into. Originally a PlayStation 3 exclusive title released in 2010 the game was subsequently released on PlayStation 4 in 2016 and Windows in 2019. Heavy Rain lets you experience four main characters as you advance through the various game chapters with each of them having a deep background story and their own mot...[Read Review]

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7.7 User Avg (21 votes)
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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 story lines based on two decisions at any time. While the lack of graphics may not sound appealing on first glance once you find yourself in the game and realise that Dave Justus (writer on The Wolf Among Us...[Read Review]

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7.3 User Avg (15 votes)