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The Sound Novel series is notable for laying the foundations for future, more serious, visual novels. In contrast to the majority of other visual novels, the Sound Novel games often do not use anime or manga influenced artwork, but instead aim for a more realistic look, often using photographs and video footage of live-action actors and locations.

The connections between the various games in the franchise are loose at best. The first was the horror title Otogirisou (1992), followed by the Kamaitachi no Yoru series. Then came Machi (1998), which introduced the use of live-action actors and was later voted by Japanese readers of Famitsu magazine as one of the top five games of all time in 2006. Finally, 428: In a Blockaded Shibuya (2008) expanded on Machi along with references and loose connections to it, and earned a perfect 40 out of 40 score from Famitsu.

Other Chunsoft visual novel franchises include the Yuji Horii Mysteries trilogy, from 1983 to 1985, and the Zero Escape series, since 2009.

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