Top 15 dating sims and visual novels
The most popular route in Little Busters is called "Refrain".
In order to unlock it, you have to complete all of the other routes in the game which serve as a lead up and allow you to appreciate everything that happens in "Refrain".
This list has the 10 most popular VNs voted by the /r/visualnovels Subreddit community (which has over 14,000 subscribers).
After you beat the main heroine's route, an "After Story" for her route is unlocked.
This route is different from many romance stories as it actually shows the life of the couple after they get together.
The VN is delivered through text with still images in the background ... The vast majority of VNs have choices similar to choices you would find in a Choose Your Adventure book.
These choices can either alter minor dialogue or vastly change the ending depending on the choice and the VN.
There is an anime of Clannad that covers most of what was in the visual novel, but there are some comedy scenes and shorter routes that were omitted in the anime.