The Letter - Horror Visual Novel

4.4 out of 5
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The Letter is an interactive, horror/drama visual novel inspired by classic Asian horror films, Ju-ON: The Grudge and The Ring. Grab your Steam PC key now!
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About The Letter - Horror Visual Novel

About this game

Experience an immersive branching narrative game - inspired by classic Asian horror films Ju-ON: The Grudge and The Ring - with The Letter - Horror Visual Novel.

With this Steam PC key, your choices will shape and drive the story forward: will you mend a relationship on the verge of collapse, or will you let it fall apart? Will you risk saving them, despite the consequences, or leave them to die a gruesome death? The fate of all the characters is in your hands.

The game puts the players into the shoes of seven characters as they find themselves falling prey to a vicious curse plaguing the Ermengarde Mansion for centuries. 

FEATURES

  • This is a hardcore visual novel with over 700K words. Expect a lot of reading!
  • Romance, friendship and drama; apart from horror, the game puts heavy emphasis on relationships and character development.
  • Non-chronological storytelling with 7 playable characters, each with varying personality and approach to difficult situations.
  • Countless butterfly effects; your choices heavily affect the story.
  • Full English Voice Acting (optional).
  • Animated backgrounds, CGs and sprites.
  • Beautifully painted art style, with over 80 backgrounds, 100 CGs and 50 Epilogue CGs (variations included).
  • Original soundtrack, with opening, ending and true ending theme songs.
  • Quick-Time Events (optional).
  • A branching tree that keeps track of your progress/route.
  • A journal that narrates the events in chronological order, and jots down the clues found about the Ermengarde Mansion.
  • Over 170 achievements.

CONTENT WARNING
This game deals with mature themes. It shows scenes that some may find disturbing, unethical and triggering. It also contains offensive language, racial slurs, sexual themes, gore and violence. Player discretion is advised. For the full list of trigger warnings, please check our Steam forums.

Game Details

Release Date:
July 24, 2017
Developer:
Yangyang Mobile
Publisher:
Yangyang Mobile
Supported Languages:
English
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Genres:
Visual Novel
Story Rich

Interactive Fiction
Themes:
Horror
Mystery

Replay Value

Dark

Psychological Horror

Anime

Drama
Play Styles:
Multiple Endings
Choices Matter
Features:
Steam Achievements
Steam Trading Cards

Captions available

Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
  • Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 260 or equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 5 GB available space

Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: OS X 10.5 or higher
  • Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 or better
  • Storage: 5 GB available space

Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or newer
  • Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 260 or equivalent
  • Storage: 5 GB available space

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Difficulty Statistics

Difficulty Rating

Simple
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Easy
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Just Right
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Relax & enjoy! 43.75%  of players consider this game to be Easy

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Play Behaviour

Tried It
5.26%
Played It
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Conquered It
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Completionist! 26.32%  of players have Conquered It

The Letter - Horror Visual Novel User Reviews

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User Rating

Average score from 14 ratings
80% of users would recommend this.
4.4

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Fanatical User
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The Letter is an incredible visual novel where every decision you make matters. The voice acting is fantastic, and most every character has a memorable personality and story save for maybe two of seven main cast. The soundtrack is amazing, with each scene changing from serene and warm, to cold and haunting, to run-for-your-life fear. I feel that the constantly changing art styles may be a tad jarring, but overall it adds character to the experience. The story is fairly basic and easy to piece together, but it still held me captive until I had finished a single route and went back for more. I had an wonderful time saving (or not saving) my favorites, seeing them grow, and watching as my decisions created untold butterfly effects throughout. It was a great time, the jumpscares and horror elements really weaving into a grandiose story. Loved it!
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Great game. Choices matter.

Fanatical User
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Excellent horror CYOA. The choices matter, the characters are likable, the story is interesting, and you will get multiple playthroughs out of it (each being decent in length). I highly recommend this game.
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Spoopy Visual Novel

Fanatical User
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I originally played this on Mobile and as soon as I saw it was available on Steam I purchased it. My favorite visual novel ever! Spoopy and great story!
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Recommended

Rick
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If only there were a mixed rating. The Letter is a horror visual novel. It is nearly fully voice acted, has ample choices that do affect story and is decent in length. I would give this a big thumbs up if it weren't for a few things. Namely, too many choices. Trying to complete all achievements and get the true ending is a pain in the damn ass. The other thing that drags it down is that the story ultimately doesn't make any sense. I suppose if you get the true ending it would answer who wrote the letter, why 5 people, how it targets people and why, is it just the letter or has it to do with the mansion? I've done like 30 playthroughs trying to get it all done and most of the guides out there are crap. All in all if you have the patience to spend your precious time getting the true ending to understand the whole reason for this game existing, great. Otherwise I'd just get it on sale and play it at your own pace, just don't expect to have your curiousity sated. Also for steam deck owners, you'll be disappointed that button prompts for events that occur in game are not natively given controller options even though they're on all console platforms. You'll have to configure on your own or play on desktop.
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Recommended

really cool
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This is a very good story, with an excellent focus on character relationships.
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Recommended

Game Buyer Guy
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This review will contain vague spoilers, because I can't really talk about the faults and why I didn't give it 5 stars otherwise. While this is my favorite visual novel in existence and I absolutely recommend it, just those words alone would be a little dishonest, because the only other VN I can even name without Googling is Katawa Shoujo (the one about the school for disabled kids). I had to stop and think to even remember that I got Saintmaker, another horror VN by the same people as The Letter, in this same purchase. Haven't played that one yet. So why is The Letter my favorite? To be blunt, I like The Grudge, and I'm pretty sure YangYang Mobile does too, because the ghost in this story is made to be very similar to Kayako Saeki even when it doesn't quite make sense. She does the O-mouth thing, the croaking death-rattle, the marionette movement, the appearing and disappearing anywhere at any time in a blink, but instead of the white dress, she wears a tattered, purple maid outfit. And she can smile! The other, much more noticeable difference is that she isn't just a mindless force of hatred and fury. This ghost can think and speak, and does both with malicious intent. There's not much more I can say about the ghost without considerable spoilers, but once I learned her full story, I ended up liking her (as far as murderous monsters go) a lot more than Kayako. This partly where my "even when it doesn't quite make sense" sentiment comes in, because for the most part, there's no actual reason for her to look the way she normally does. Her behavior in general raises some questions that aren't quite answered by the given explanation, either. My main problems with The Letter are the signs that someone changed their mind about a few things only when it was too late to fully rewrite them, so they could only ret-con, and the scars of that surgery are plain to see when you get to them. There are details that don't quite make sense or only serve to harm the quality of the story overall. The biggest example is how in one chapter, the ghost's behavior changes for no discernible reason, pulling from a bag of tricks it previously hadn't touched, then goes back to business as usual right after. While I still enjoy the content of that chapter, it could be entirely cut from the game and nothing about the rest of the plot would change. It's like they wanted to tell a completely different ghost story and just stabbed it into this one. Still, these are pretty mild...
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I loved it enough to buy more copies to give my friends

SandyAJ
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It was my very 1st horror visual novel game. The many routes ive seen, and still have yet to uncover kept me wanting more...as well as a step by step guide to find the true ending grrr.. i streamed this game msny times, memorized the soundtrack, and bought many copies to give to my friends so they can experience it for themselves
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Frequently Asked Questions

Relax and Enjoy! 81% of GameFAQs users said The Letter - Horror Visual Novel is Simple or Easy. 13% of GameFAQs users said The Letter - Horror Visual Novel is Tough or Unforgiving.
Yes, The Letter - Horror Visual Novel is not fully Steam Deck Verified but the publisher says it is "Playable" on Steam Deck.
  • This game's default graphics configuration performs well on Steam Deck
  • In-game interface text is legible on Steam Deck
  • This game sometimes shows mouse, keyboard, or non-Steam-Deck controller icons
  • Some functionality is not accessible when using the default controller configuration, requiring use of the touchscreen or virtual keyboard, or a community configuration
Minimum:
  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
  • Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 260 or equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 5 GB available space
Minimum:
  • OS: OS X 10.5 or higher
  • Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 or better
  • Storage: 5 GB available space
The average playtime for GameFAQs users is 33 hours. 56% of users played The Letter - Horror Visual Novel for over 40 hours.
80% of Fanatical users recommend The Letter - Horror Visual Novel. The average review score is 4.4/5
The Letter - Horror Visual Novel was released on July 24, 2017
Yes, The Letter - Horror Visual Novel supports MacOS.
Yes, The Letter - Horror Visual Novel supports Linux.
The Letter - Horror Visual Novel is published by Yangyang Mobile
The Letter - Horror Visual Novel was developed by Yangyang Mobile
Fanatical users tagged The Letter - Horror Visual Novel as Visual Novel, Story Rich, and Interactive Fiction
Fanatical users tagged The Letter - Horror Visual Novel as Horror, Mystery, Replay Value, and Dark
Yes, Fanatical users tagged The Letter - Horror Visual Novel as Visual Novel
Yes, Fanatical users tagged The Letter - Horror Visual Novel as Story Rich
Yes, Fanatical users tagged The Letter - Horror Visual Novel as Interactive Fiction

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