A sub-category of Visual Novels
which avert the tradition of having Multiple Endings
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 Short Story
accompanied by visuals and audio. Originally used to describe certain visual novels by Key Visual Arts
), it has since then been used to encompass other visual novels.
07th Expansion (makers of the When They Cry
series) refer to these as "sound novels," referring to the use of background music and sound effects to "punctuate" the story.
Examples of this genre: