Found a free online english visual novel I haven't seen anyone mention...
It's more of a short fantasy H-game than interesting story or plot. Will run you at least 2 hours or so trying to get all the endings. But, it's all about the adventures with the two girls and yourself. Not a sex romp, but plenty to be found..
EDIT: Oh and it has some RPG elements in that you have to train / earn money / buy at shop. They are minimal, but important.
It's a Flash based game at New Grounds website, but be warned it has NSFW images in-game
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Author's website http://www.hentaicook.com/
There's no sound or music in the game sadly, but a second version that will cost 15$ or so will be voiced and have new features. This one is free though.
EDIT: This is okay to post right?
Well here's one more free 'Visual Novel-Like' game...
Something like this could be in the future for a type of Visual Novel...?
This interactive simulation called Facade.
... lol well after playing it I have to say it's Interesting, but still a long ways off. Couldn't stand them either lol. I ended up walking out on them, hearing "Wait!! Don't go!!", calling after me. lol...
You have to use as short a phrase or single words as possible to get the meaning across. Pretty problematic currently. Still, it'll be interesting if one day you have a combination of the 3d engine visual novel, and a fluid dialogue system like this. [although I'd like to have an option for pauses in dialogue like VNs have.]