A visual novel without graphics? Yes, that's exactly what .heartbeats is. Built in Ren'Py, Sebastian Trelles' .heartbeats is a brief but interesting experience, one that earned special mention at the IDEAME++ event in Spain. It explores the lives of four seeming disconnected individuals and how certain decisions can influence life and death. I kinda like how heartbeats have been used here to measure whether or not someone's in a good situation or close to doing something stupid. Though far from perfect, it still warrants at least one playthrough.

Download the game here.