A sub-category of VisualNovels that avert the tradition of having MultipleEndings and instead focusing on a singular, linear plot. There are no choices whatsoever, nor is there any form of interactivity involved. In other words, it's basically a ShortStory accompanied by visuals and audio. Originally used to describe certain visual novels by Creator/KeyVisualArts (notably VisualNovel/{{Planetarian}}), it has since then been used to encompass other visual novels.

!!Examples of this genre:
* ''VisualNovel/HiganbanaNoSakuYoruNi'' (a collection of short, more or less independent stories)
* ''VisualNovel/EdenTheyWereOnlyTwoOnThePlanet''
* ''VisualNovel/FaultMilestoneOne''. It has one branch in chapter 3, [[ButThouMust but it only affects the dialog immediately following it and doesn't impact the overall story in any meaningful way.]]
* ''VisualNovel/HighwayBlossoms''
* ''VisualNovel/JunipersKnot''
* ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero''
* ''VisualNovel/MahouTsukaiNoYoru''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Narcissu}}''
* ''Webcomic/{{morphE}}''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Nekopara}}''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Planetarian}}''
* ''VisualNovel/RedShift''
* ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays''
* ''VisualNovel/SekienNoInganock''
* ''VisualNovel/SongsOfAraiah''
* ''VisualNovel/SugarsDelight''
* ''VisualNovel/SweetestMonster''
* ''VisualNovel/TrueRemembrance''
* ''VisualNovel/WorldEndEconomica''
* ''VideoGame/LivingBooks'' could be considered a prototype version of this, despite coming out way before this term (or its related term, ''sound novel'') [[OlderThanTheyThink was even invented.]]
* ''VideoGame/DisneysAnimatedStorybook'' is identical to ''Living Books'' above.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear Xrd'''s Story Mode
* ''VideoGame/TheSmellyMystery'' (similar to ''Living Books'' but also doubles as a detective game for kids)