Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of 12Riven
Visual novel
12Riven
Length (in words)203764
Unique words13092
Unique words (used once)5063
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2096
Unique kanji (used once)262
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.5
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count92
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Cover of 9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Visual novel
9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Length (in words)58867
Unique words6396
Unique words (used once)2984
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1528
Unique kanji (used once)298
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.3
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count1230
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Cover of Abyss -Homicide Club-
Visual novel
Abyss -Homicide Club-
Length (in words)533675
Unique words18557
Unique words (used once)6520
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2345
Unique kanji (used once)243
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.5
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count22
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Cover of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
Visual novel
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
Length (in words)189866
Unique words8882
Unique words (used once)3259
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1376
Unique kanji (used once)170
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.1
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count1632
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Cover of Aete Mushi Suru Kimi to no Mirai ~Relay Broadcast~
Visual novel
Aete Mushi Suru Kimi to no Mirai ~Relay Broadcast~
Length (in words)205679
Unique words12760
Unique words (used once)5073
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1980
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.1
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count106
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Cover of Air
Visual novel
Air
Length (in words)251970
Unique words14078
Unique words (used once)5378
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2122
Unique kanji (used once)306
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.1
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count1336
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Cover of Aiyoku no Eustia
Visual novel
Aiyoku no Eustia
Length (in words)417354
Unique words16948
Unique words (used once)5872
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2432
Unique kanji (used once)229
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.1
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count1031
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Cover of Albatross Koukairoku
Visual novel
Albatross Koukairoku
Length (in words)371292
Unique words23161
Unique words (used once)8829
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji3089
Unique kanji (used once)369
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length24.7
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count56
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Cover of Ama Koi Syrups ~Hajirau Koigokoro de Shitaku Naru Amagami-sama no Koi Matsuri~
Visual novel
Ama Koi Syrups ~Hajirau Koigokoro de Shitaku Naru Amagami-sama no Koi Matsuri~
Length (in words)313248
Unique words12695
Unique words (used once)4831
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2024
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.3
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count45
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Cover of Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Visual novel
Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Length (in words)809662
Unique words24178
Unique words (used once)6446
Unique words (used once %)26%
Unique kanji2774
Unique kanji (used once)176
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.9
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count54
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Cover of Amatsutsumi
Visual novel
Amatsutsumi
Length (in words)335836
Unique words13131
Unique words (used once)4996
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2089
Unique kanji (used once)301
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.2
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count240
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Cover of Ame Koi
Visual novel
Ame Koi
Length (in words)108544
Unique words7822
Unique words (used once)3509
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1759
Unique kanji (used once)313
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.0
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count73
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Cover of Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Visual novel
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Length (in words)355091
Unique words14960
Unique words (used once)5800
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2112
Unique kanji (used once)285
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.0
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count2263
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Cover of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 4
Visual novel
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 4
Length (in words)173235
Unique words8553
Unique words (used once)3227
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1291
Unique kanji (used once)151
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.9
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count2407
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Cover of Astelight Shuushuubako
Visual novel
Astelight Shuushuubako
Length (in words)225205
Unique words19595
Unique words (used once)8065
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2901
Unique kanji (used once)385
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length36.6
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count19
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Cover of AstralAir no Shiroki Towa
Visual novel
AstralAir no Shiroki Towa
Length (in words)467831
Unique words14781
Unique words (used once)4915
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji1994
Unique kanji (used once)191
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.4
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count200
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Cover of Axanael
Visual novel
Axanael
Length (in words)154585
Unique words10184
Unique words (used once)4305
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1848
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length10.1
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count172
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Cover of Ayakashibito
Visual novel
Ayakashibito
Length (in words)512247
Unique words20549
Unique words (used once)7090
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2591
Unique kanji (used once)240
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.5
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count851
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Cover of Baldr Force
Visual novel
Baldr Force
Length (in words)368130
Unique words13788
Unique words (used once)3923
Unique words (used once %)28%
Unique kanji2086
Unique kanji (used once)176
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length16.4
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count309
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Cover of Baldr Sky Dive1: Lost Memory
Visual novel
Baldr Sky Dive1: Lost Memory
Length (in words)413146
Unique words17810
Unique words (used once)5984
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2311
Unique kanji (used once)224
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.3
VNDB avg. rating8.3
VNDB rating count1450
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Cover of Bengarachou Hakubutsushi
Visual novel
Bengarachou Hakubutsushi
Length (in words)277221
Unique words18633
Unique words (used once)7321
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2861
Unique kanji (used once)329
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length32.5
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count36
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Cover of Bishoujo Mangekyou -Norowareshi Densetsu no Shoujo-
Visual novel
Bishoujo Mangekyou -Norowareshi Densetsu no Shoujo-
Length (in words)70777
Unique words7073
Unique words (used once)3250
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1743
Unique kanji (used once)353
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.8
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count1097
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Cover of Bra-Ban!
Visual novel
Bra-Ban!
Length (in words)314433
Unique words10077
Unique words (used once)3720
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1789
Unique kanji (used once)233
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.5
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count68
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Cover of Cafe Sourire
Visual novel
Cafe Sourire
Length (in words)250225
Unique words12051
Unique words (used once)4775
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1887
Unique kanji (used once)257
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.0
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count41
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Cover of Chaos;Child
Visual novel
Chaos;Child
Length (in words)369132
Unique words17049
Unique words (used once)6512
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2295
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length16.7
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count2069
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Cover of Chaos;Head
Visual novel
Chaos;Head
Length (in words)234744
Unique words13244
Unique words (used once)4861
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2049
Unique kanji (used once)217
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.2
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count4272
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Cover of Chaos;Head Noah
Visual novel
Chaos;Head Noah
Length (in words)316177
Unique words14636
Unique words (used once)5095
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2107
Unique kanji (used once)215
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length16.8
VNDB avg. rating8.3
VNDB rating count230
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Cover of Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Visual novel
Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Length (in words)3939
Unique words986
Unique words (used once)543
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji448
Unique kanji (used once)185
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length12.3
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Cover of ChronoBox
Visual novel
ChronoBox
Length (in words)189678
Unique words11473
Unique words (used once)4549
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1969
Unique kanji (used once)252
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.8
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count211
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Cover of Ciconia no Naku Koro ni
Visual novel
Ciconia no Naku Koro ni
Length (in words)155554
Unique words13406
Unique words (used once)5749
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji2140
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length19.3
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count477
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Cover of Clannad
Visual novel
Clannad
Length (in words)560359
Unique words18722
Unique words (used once)6470
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2200
Unique kanji (used once)213
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.8
VNDB avg. rating8.7
VNDB rating count6771
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Cover of Classy ☆ Cranberry's
Visual novel
Classy ☆ Cranberry's
Length (in words)312222
Unique words15356
Unique words (used once)5918
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2207
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.8
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count129
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Cover of Clover Day's
Visual novel
Clover Day's
Length (in words)412072
Unique words16547
Unique words (used once)6193
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2149
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.4
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count351
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Cover of Clover Point
Visual novel
Clover Point
Length (in words)341218
Unique words18850
Unique words (used once)7385
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2215
Unique kanji (used once)233
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.6
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count31
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Cover of Cross†Channel -Final Complete-
Visual novel
Cross†Channel -Final Complete-
Length (in words)282210
Unique words18628
Unique words (used once)6791
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2343
Unique kanji (used once)224
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length11.4
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count3310
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Cover of Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
Visual novel
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
Length (in words)440821
Unique words18644
Unique words (used once)7037
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2291
Unique kanji (used once)248
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.2
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count1070
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Cover of Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai -Dreaming Sheep-
Visual novel
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai -Dreaming Sheep-
Length (in words)187752
Unique words12806
Unique words (used once)5494
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji2018
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.2
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count177
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Cover of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Visual novel
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Length (in words)348433
Unique words12658
Unique words (used once)4508
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji1889
Unique kanji (used once)201
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.5
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count7271
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Cover of Dead Days
Visual novel
Dead Days
Length (in words)222376
Unique words14109
Unique words (used once)5543
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2046
Unique kanji (used once)237
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.1
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count84
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Cover of Dekinai Watashi ga, Kurikaesu
Visual novel
Dekinai Watashi ga, Kurikaesu
Length (in words)393800
Unique words14094
Unique words (used once)4884
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2034
Unique kanji (used once)195
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.5
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count176
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Cover of Dies irae
Visual novel
Dies irae
Length (in words)721611
Unique words25481
Unique words (used once)7895
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2780
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length18.4
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count1819
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Cover of Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Visual novel
Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Length (in words)90852
Unique words9358
Unique words (used once)4347
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji2066
Unique kanji (used once)340
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.8
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count366
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Cover of Dracu-Riot!
Visual novel
Dracu-Riot!
Length (in words)479778
Unique words16718
Unique words (used once)6160
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2198
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.3
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count2313
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Cover of Fata Morgana no Yakata
Visual novel
Fata Morgana no Yakata
Length (in words)291749
Unique words11964
Unique words (used once)4245
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2130
Unique kanji (used once)228
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length13.1
VNDB avg. rating8.9
VNDB rating count2410
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Cover of Fate/Stay Night
Visual novel
Fate/Stay Night
Length (in words)749848
Unique words21356
Unique words (used once)6509
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2534
Unique kanji (used once)226
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.1
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count11328
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Cover of Flowers -Le Volume sur Automne-
Visual novel
Flowers -Le Volume sur Automne-
Length (in words)124451
Unique words10067
Unique words (used once)4312
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji2065
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.8
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count218
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Cover of Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps-
Visual novel
Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps-
Length (in words)138154
Unique words9701
Unique words (used once)4046
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1967
Unique kanji (used once)285
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.7
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count734
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Cover of Flowers -Le Volume sur Été-
Visual novel
Flowers -Le Volume sur Été-
Length (in words)113059
Unique words9679
Unique words (used once)4163
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji2021
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.1
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count385
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Cover of Flyable Heart
Visual novel
Flyable Heart
Length (in words)327817
Unique words11967
Unique words (used once)4408
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1837
Unique kanji (used once)219
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.7
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count486
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Cover of Fortissimo EXS//Akkord:Nachsten Phase
Visual novel
Fortissimo EXS//Akkord:Nachsten Phase
Length (in words)530176
Unique words17871
Unique words (used once)5778
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2287
Unique kanji (used once)198
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length19.5
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count212
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