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Due to the number of visual novels created on CloudNovel each day, we have decided to filter games that can appear on our site. Simply speaking, it is a screening to determine if your game can be displayed on public or not. Therefore, this is a guide you should know to make sure your game(s) passed the screening and approved to be listed on our site.

To make sure your game will be approved, before you click publish, please make sure you adhere to below:

  1. Be able to load properly without broken assets. (Please refer to our FAQ to fix broken assets)
  2. Game(s) should not contain any copyrighted material. Any material that isn't explicitly free to use is copyrighted) Fan games are allowed but you have to use your own fan art and material unless given permission by the copyright holder. Original assets ARE copyrighted and could not be used for any reason unless stated otherwise.
  3. Credits are appropriately given. In CloudNovel, we support content creators thus we took due credits seriously. If assets belong to you, please state so to avoid any misunderstandings, or else, disapproved. It is important to know, if you use assets from CloudNovel Resources, uploader is not always the copyright holder. Please read the description in Resources to know who is the copyright holder. We do not consider Google, Youtube, DeviantArt, Pinterest, and other general sites as proper credit. If you cannot find who is the owner of your assets, DO NOT USE IT. Simple.
  4. Game(s) should be up to CloudNovel’s standard. It must be polished or just decent in quality. Please be informed that we have the rights to unlist your game at any time if we have decide your game is not decent in quality.
  5. Game(s) should not contain any sensitive issues such as racisms, disparaging other religions, political views or identity. Do not use the game(s) as material to harass users or person. In this case, we have all rights to not just delete your game but also to ban your account if it is a serious breach.
  6. Game(s) should not be a test game.
  7. Have visual content (not words only)
  8. Every scene must be over than 10 pages except menu scene.
  9. Game(s) should not have pictures of real people. 
  10. Game(s) should have cover image. The cover should not contain sensitive or mature content. 

Depending on the situation, we may add or reduce the rules at any time in the future.

What will happen if you get disapproved?
Do not fret! If your game is disapproved, it will not be deleted (unless you are violating Rule No. 5). It still exists and playable. Your game will only be unlisted.
  • Being unlisted means the game(s) will not appear in the search result nor will it appear on the front page under Latest Update section whenever you update it. However, the game still can be accessed by anyone through the link. 


Do you have to go through the screening?
Yes, if you want the game to be available in the search result and on the home page.
Before you click Publish, you may choose the Privacy to Unlisted or Apply to be Listed.
  • Choosing Unlisted will make your game automatically unlisted.
  • Choosing Apply to Be Listed will make your game goes through the screening process.
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To make sure your game will be approved, before you click publish, please make sure you adhere to below:

  1. Be able to load properly without broken assets. (Please refer to our FAQ to fix broken assets)
  2. Game(s) should not contain any copyrighted material. Any material that isn't explicitly free to use is copyrighted) Fan games are allowed but you have to use your own fan art and material unless given permission by the copyright holder. Original assets ARE copyrighted and could not be used for any reason unless stated otherwise.
  3. Credits are appropriately given. In CloudNovel, we support content creators thus we took due credits seriously. If assets belong to you, please state so to avoid any misunderstandings, or else, disapproved. It is important to know, if you use assets from CloudNovel Resources, uploader is not always the copyright holder. Please read the description in Resources to know who is the copyright holder. We do not consider Google, Youtube, DeviantArt, Pinterest, and other general sites as proper credit. If you cannot find who is the owner of your assets, DO NOT USE IT. Simple.
  4. Game(s) should be up to CloudNovel’s standard. It must be polished or just decent in quality. Please be informed that we have the rights to unlist your game at any time if we have decide your game is not decent in quality.
  5. Game(s) should not contain any sensitive issues such as racisms, disparaging other religions, political views or identity. Do not use the game(s) as material to harass users or person. In this case, we have all rights to not just delete your game but also to ban your account if it is a serious breach.
  6. Game(s) should not be a test game.
  7. Have visual content (not words only)
  8. Every scene must be over than 10 pages except menu scene.
  9. Game(s) should not have pictures of real people. 

Due to misunderstanding about the Rule No 6, which said,

6. Game(s) should not be a test game.

After discussing with the staffs, we have agreed that from now on, any game(s) that contain the word test - in the context that the game is still in testing stage - in the game title, will be given disapproval. Dear creators, please use a more appropriate word such as Demo or Beta for your ongoing game. Games that are recently approved in the span of 2 weeks despite having the word [test] in the game title, will be disapproved. Related creators, you are given 24 hours to amend your game title.

Thank you for your attention.
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Listing Guide Update!


From now on, we have decided to reinforce another rule to our listing guide which is:

10. Game(s) should have a cover image. The cover should not contain sensitive or mature content. 


If you don't know what is a cover image, it is the thumbnail image that would appear on the front page and search result. Therefore, it is important to make sure your game is having an attractive and beautiful image.

In accordance with this recently added rule, all creators that just published their visual novels for the public, (not unlisted), please make sure you add a cover image for those who haven't or we will have to disapprove it.

For more information about Listing Guide, please refer to this post.

Thank you for your attention.