Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of Zoku Satsuriku no Django
Visual novel
Zoku Satsuriku no Django
Length (in words)104356
Unique words12298
Unique words (used once)5527
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji2316
Unique kanji (used once)358
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length18.3
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count109
VNDB
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Cover of Zanmataisei Demonbane
Visual novel
Zanmataisei Demonbane
Length (in words)507849
Unique words18758
Unique words (used once)5512
Unique words (used once %)29%
Unique kanji2572
Unique kanji (used once)193
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.8
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count1371
VNDB
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Cover of Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Visual novel
Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Length (in words)21781
Unique words4077
Unique words (used once)2198
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1229
Unique kanji (used once)322
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.8
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count1
VNDBOfficial websiteBuy at DLsiteBuy at BOOTH
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Cover of Yume Miru Kusuri
Visual novel
Yume Miru Kusuri
Length (in words)216058
Unique words15504
Unique words (used once)6621
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji2114
Unique kanji (used once)275
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length13.3
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count4715
VNDB
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Cover of Yoake Mae yori Ruri Iro na
Visual novel
Yoake Mae yori Ruri Iro na
Length (in words)337618
Unique words14965
Unique words (used once)5569
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2129
Unique kanji (used once)234
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.7
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count379
VNDB
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Length (in words)7841
Unique words1118
Unique words (used once)10
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji577
Unique kanji (used once)8
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.2
VNDB avg. rating4.7
VNDB rating count6
VNDBOfficial websiteDownload
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Cover of Yami no Koe Zero
Visual novel
Yami no Koe Zero
Length (in words)81962
Unique words4305
Unique words (used once)1766
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1165
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.2
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count28
VNDB
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Cover of Yami no Koe 2
Visual novel
Yami no Koe 2
Length (in words)81500
Unique words5369
Unique words (used once)2311
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1303
Unique kanji (used once)268
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.3
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count31
VNDB
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Cover of Yami no Koe
Visual novel
Yami no Koe
Length (in words)42326
Unique words3087
Unique words (used once)1327
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji903
Unique kanji (used once)230
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.3
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count45
VNDB
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Cover of YU-NO
Visual novel
YU-NO
Length (in words)549338
Unique words14879
Unique words (used once)4097
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji1927
Unique kanji (used once)144
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length13.4
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count1339
VNDBSteam
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Cover of White Album 2
Visual novel
White Album 2
Length (in words)624269
Unique words20982
Unique words (used once)7216
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2347
Unique kanji (used once)190
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length13.5
VNDB avg. rating9.0
VNDB rating count961
VNDB
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Cover of White Album
Visual novel
White Album
Length (in words)189416
Unique words9853
Unique words (used once)4089
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1771
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.4
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count172
VNDB
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Cover of Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Visual novel
Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Length (in words)17832
Unique words3035
Unique words (used once)1669
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1020
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count30
VNDB
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Cover of Watashi no Real wa Juujitsu Shisugiteiru
Visual novel
Watashi no Real wa Juujitsu Shisugiteiru
Length (in words)124151
Unique words8104
Unique words (used once)3242
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1611
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.5
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count67
VNDB
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Cover of Watashi ga Suki nara "Suki" tte Itte!
Visual novel
Watashi ga Suki nara "Suki" tte Itte!
Length (in words)495336
Unique words15198
Unique words (used once)5246
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2057
Unique kanji (used once)231
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.0
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count769
VNDB
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Cover of Waga Himegimi ni Eikan wo
Visual novel
Waga Himegimi ni Eikan wo
Length (in words)405542
Unique words15872
Unique words (used once)4160
Unique words (used once %)26%
Unique kanji2223
Unique kanji (used once)156
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length13.2
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count111
VNDB
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Cover of Vermilion -Bind of Blood-
Visual novel
Vermilion -Bind of Blood-
Length (in words)394497
Unique words21108
Unique words (used once)7442
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2760
Unique kanji (used once)215
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length16.8
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count58
VNDB
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Cover of Vanitas no Hitsuji
Visual novel
Vanitas no Hitsuji
Length (in words)189744
Unique words10606
Unique words (used once)4188
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1762
Unique kanji (used once)232
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.1
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count21
VNDB
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Cover of Utawarerumono
Visual novel
Utawarerumono
Length (in words)108916
Unique words9394
Unique words (used once)4120
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1958
Unique kanji (used once)326
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.2
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count3367
VNDB
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Cover of Umineko no Naku Koro ni Tsubasa
Visual novel
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Tsubasa
Length (in words)49589
Unique words6872
Unique words (used once)3441
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1761
Unique kanji (used once)330
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.6
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count332
VNDB
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Cover of Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Visual novel
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Length (in words)968633
Unique words24854
Unique words (used once)7562
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2617
Unique kanji (used once)177
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.2
VNDB avg. rating8.9
VNDB rating count6463
VNDB
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Cover of Umi Kara Kuru Mono
Visual novel
Umi Kara Kuru Mono
Length (in words)324363
Unique words10376
Unique words (used once)748
Unique words (used once %)7%
Unique kanji1877
Unique kanji (used once)38
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.3
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count21
VNDB
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Cover of Twinkle ☆ Crusaders
Visual novel
Twinkle ☆ Crusaders
Length (in words)605506
Unique words24972
Unique words (used once)9208
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2569
Unique kanji (used once)268
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length14.5
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count145
VNDB
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Cover of Tsuyuchiru Letter ~Umi to Shiori ni Amaoto o~
Visual novel
Tsuyuchiru Letter ~Umi to Shiori ni Amaoto o~
Length (in words)49011
Unique words3441
Unique words (used once)1392
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1117
Unique kanji (used once)226
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.5
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count27
VNDB
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Cover of Tsukikage no Simulacre
Visual novel
Tsukikage no Simulacre
Length (in words)127025
Unique words8623
Unique words (used once)3724
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1767
Unique kanji (used once)256
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.9
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count172
VNDB
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Cover of Tsukihime
Visual novel
Tsukihime
Length (in words)571367
Unique words14885
Unique words (used once)4057
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji2206
Unique kanji (used once)215
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length18.1
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count6017
VNDB
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Cover of Tsuki no Terasu
Visual novel
Tsuki no Terasu
Length (in words)10365
Unique words2451
Unique words (used once)1514
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji981
Unique kanji (used once)319
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.6
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count315
VNDBDownloadDownload (anti-automode patch)
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Cover of Tsuki no Hikari
Visual novel
Tsuki no Hikari
Length (in words)16854
Unique words1033
Unique words (used once)2
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji521
Unique kanji (used once)2
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.0
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count1
VNDBDownload
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Cover of Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahou
Visual novel
Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahou
Length (in words)450992
Unique words18598
Unique words (used once)7272
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2376
Unique kanji (used once)286
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length18.2
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count394
VNDB
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Cover of Tsujidou-san no Virgin Road
Visual novel
Tsujidou-san no Virgin Road
Length (in words)272823
Unique words15331
Unique words (used once)6132
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2055
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.3
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count194
VNDB
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Cover of Tsujidou-san no Jun'ai Road
Visual novel
Tsujidou-san no Jun'ai Road
Length (in words)482672
Unique words20069
Unique words (used once)7313
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2257
Unique kanji (used once)238
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length11.8
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count1223
VNDB
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Cover of Tsui no Sora Remake
Visual novel
Tsui no Sora Remake
Length (in words)131505
Unique words8610
Unique words (used once)3332
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1825
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.9
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count132
VNDB
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Cover of Trinoline
Visual novel
Trinoline
Length (in words)203387
Unique words11255
Unique words (used once)4730
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1926
Unique kanji (used once)253
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.1
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count354
VNDB
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Cover of Tokyo Necro
Visual novel
Tokyo Necro
Length (in words)289223
Unique words16883
Unique words (used once)6362
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2295
Unique kanji (used once)233
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.2
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count171
VNDB
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Cover of Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Zan'ei no Yoru ga Akeru Toki-
Visual novel
Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Zan'ei no Yoru ga Akeru Toki-
Length (in words)177451
Unique words9122
Unique words (used once)3450
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1740
Unique kanji (used once)275
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.4
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count283
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Cover of Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen-
Visual novel
Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen-
Length (in words)136358
Unique words7664
Unique words (used once)3061
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1590
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.8
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count864
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Cover of Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Asagiri ni Chiru Hana-
Visual novel
Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Asagiri ni Chiru Hana-
Length (in words)158929
Unique words8596
Unique words (used once)3285
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1651
Unique kanji (used once)221
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.8
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count238
VNDB
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Cover of Tenshi no Hane wo Fumanaide
Visual novel
Tenshi no Hane wo Fumanaide
Length (in words)332923
Unique words14764
Unique words (used once)5366
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2316
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.6
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count89
VNDB
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Cover of Tekoire Princess! ~Boku ga Mienai Kimi no Tame~
Visual novel
Tekoire Princess! ~Boku ga Mienai Kimi no Tame~
Length (in words)295346
Unique words16674
Unique words (used once)6612
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2309
Unique kanji (used once)290
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.3
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count19
VNDB
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Cover of Tegami
Visual novel
Tegami
Length (in words)7120
Unique words1703
Unique words (used once)998
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji722
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.4
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count138
VNDBOfficial websiteDownload
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Cover of Tarareba
Visual novel
Tarareba
Length (in words)188567
Unique words9833
Unique words (used once)3885
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1788
Unique kanji (used once)241
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.8
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count25
VNDB
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Cover of Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Visual novel
Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Length (in words)2810
Unique words920
Unique words (used once)577
Unique words (used once %)62%
Unique kanji525
Unique kanji (used once)247
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.0
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count1
VNDBDownload
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Cover of Summer Pockets
Visual novel
Summer Pockets
Length (in words)306896
Unique words14170
Unique words (used once)5450
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2103
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.3
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count1459
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Cover of Sumaga
Visual novel
Sumaga
Length (in words)479526
Unique words17345
Unique words (used once)6033
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2310
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.5
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count142
VNDB
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Cover of Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Visual novel
Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Length (in words)14983
Unique words2445
Unique words (used once)1255
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji992
Unique kanji (used once)287
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.7
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count8
VNDBDownload
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Cover of Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~
Visual novel
Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~
Length (in words)436699
Unique words16424
Unique words (used once)5187
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2204
Unique kanji (used once)201
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length12.8
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count3710
VNDB
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Cover of Steins;Gate 0
Visual novel
Steins;Gate 0
Length (in words)222837
Unique words13477
Unique words (used once)5231
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2022
Unique kanji (used once)223
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length18.0
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count3659
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Cover of Steins;Gate
Visual novel
Steins;Gate
Length (in words)239017
Unique words13607
Unique words (used once)5349
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2062
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.4
VNDB avg. rating9.0
VNDB rating count8547
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Cover of Stargazer -Shoujo wa Hoshi no Yume o Miru-
Visual novel
Stargazer -Shoujo wa Hoshi no Yume o Miru-
Length (in words)13491
Unique words2495
Unique words (used once)1328
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji960
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.3
VNDB avg. rating5.9
VNDB rating count33
VNDBOfficial websiteDownload
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Cover of Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen: Hachimyoujin
Visual novel
Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen: Hachimyoujin
Length (in words)500216
Unique words23210
Unique words (used once)8131
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2816
Unique kanji (used once)289
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.5
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count171
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