I played hundreds of visual novels, RPGs and adventure games because story-rich games are my favorite and that's the only thing I play for the most part.
Speaking of the visual novels, I played several big productions, some even with budgets of over half a million dollars. And you can see it obviously, in the production, the art and animation looks expensive, the incredible voice acting. But there's a saying that I hear from movie reviewers on YouTube all the time, might not apply to everything but it applies to my experience, it goes "you cannot buy good writing". These -relatively to VNs- big productions don't have the charm in the art style, in the music, specially in the writing, sometimes the writing is even generic.
Hierofanía 1 and 2 are among my top 10 favorite VNs. I played em I think in 2016 (because it feels like 5 years ago but I know I played both one after another, might have played the first one in 2015 and the 2nd one in 2016, I don't really remember, it's been a while). The art style and music is so unique and charming, the writing is so good. The world building is immersive, believable and interesting.
It's been like 4 years since I played em and in those years of playing VNs they're still in my top 10 VNs. I wish I could say more but this is not a review. It's been so long since I played them so I don't have a lot to say and I really didn't explore all the endings (explored the endings in the first one til I got the one I wanted, then in the 2nd one I got an ending I liked in the first try so I didn't want to ruin it lol) but nevertheless these VNs are really close to my hearth. And after all these years I just couldn't bear to not even say thank you for the amazing stories. I made this account just to make this comment. Thank you.