This is a story of disease and suffering; of medication and adverse effects; of thoracotomy scars and cellular poisons; of the living who cannot help but to die and of the dying who cannot help but to live; of a resting place other than "on 7F" or "at home".
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Release Date: May 15, 2007

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"A short and sweet kinetic novel (no choices) about two young people who are terminally ill and go on an adventure together."

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January 30

Ame no Marginal heading to Steam!

The latest visual novel from Tomo Kataoka, the creator of acclaimed free visual novel Narcissu, will be brought to Steam by Sekai Project!

A serious visual novel telling the story of a man who steps into an elevator, only to find himself transported to a strange and mysterious world.

In this world, there is no time, no aging, no hunger, not even death. There is nothing to be seen but weathered stone, white clouds, and endless rain.

Ame no Marginal now available for pre-order!

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November 17, 2014

Sakura Spirit 66% off!

If you're looking for a comedic visual novel after Narcissu 1st & 2nd you can try out Sakura Spirit! It's on sale today at 66% off so don't miss it!

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About This Game

... on that blindingly bright day ...
... on that very day of winter ...

This is a story of disease and suffering; of medication and adverse effects; of thoracotomy scars and cellular poisons; of the living who cannot help but to die and of the dying who cannot help but to live; of a resting place other than "on 7F" or "at home".

This is a story of so many things.

But most of all ...

This is the story
of a girl whose heart was standing still
and a boy whose breath was being stolen away,
both of whom die.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Any 64 bit processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
51 of 53 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
This is a free emotional visual novel. If you never had played a visual novel, this is a good way to start. Sad story, sad soundtrack... The keyboard is full of tears.
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Early Access Review
Lovely, albeit sad, visual novel with a good plot,and wonderful sound track.

This is a story about a girl whose life ended long before her last breath...
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Early Access Review
素晴らしい話 !!

悲しい話 !
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Early Access Review
Can't believe that this VN is free.
The writing is gorgeously crafted.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Early Access Review
Are those tears in my keyboard?
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Early Access Review
Note: This isnt a game, it's a Visual Novel and (at least in Narcissu 1, I havent "played" Narcissu 2 that's also included yet) there aren't even choices or anything. Also there are Steam achievements, but they dont work yet.

Narcissu tells a moving tale of 2 people with a terminal disease and how they spent their final days. It has a very minimalistic approach both in the story and the accompanying art, and there were a few points in the writing that I found weird, but overall it was well written and interesting, with many parts making you think about life, death and how humans deal with it.

I can highly recommend experiencing it - even more so since it's completely free.

The accompanying music is awesome, if you like Japanese music. I am actually considering buying it so I can listen to it normally, outside the game.

I found the main character's voice enjoyable. Because the voices are only in Japanese I didnt understand anything, though. Ah well.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Early Access Review
Feels/feels would feel again.

Also:

+Really good OST.
+Nice voice acting.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Early Access Review
honestly i nearly cried after finishing this wonderful VN. it made me sad for the entire day after i finished it
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Early Access Review
I have only played first voiced mode, and I really love it. I really teared towards the end. Really a great novel.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Early Access Review
i croi eviritm 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
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Review - Narcissu 1st & 2nd

"If this one doesn't give you feels, then you're not human anymore."

Narcissu 1st & 2nd is a short and very simple visual novel. No heavy graphics and sound effects. Just a simple movie-like screen, some texts and an amazing soundtrack. The Narcissu 1st & 2nd tells the story of a girl who gave up on life before hers could have ended. This is not a game but a story-teller. It has a great story plot and the emotions of the voiceovers are outstanding! If you're a first-timer when it comes to visual novels, Narcissu 1st & 2nd is a good start for you and don't worry much, this VN is free and worth all the time.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Early Access Review
Love the story. Beautiful Soundtrack!<3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
An incredibly emotional VN about the terminally ill. Narcissu really deserves esteem for how respectfully it treats the subject. If you have 2-3 hours to spare, sit down and play it.

Be prepared for tears.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Early Access Review
Time for a feel trip...
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Early Access Review
lie down, try not to cry, cry a lot ;-;
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
Early Access Review
For the very first time N1&2 looks like some slides of pictures integrated with simple words to illustrate an ordinary story which might happen all around and all the time all over the world but if you take a close observation on this <video> game, you would possibly discover some more than just a grieving and unfortunate story that you've watched for the first sight. It does require some more patience to watch, to read, to reflect upon the words in this video before you can eventually grasp its intelligibility. Also the BGM mainly played by piano (if there're other instrumental facilities included you can point them out 'coz I'm not good at this) goes perfectly well with the plot, absolutely brilliant and impressive.

Plot: 9/10
music: 10/10
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Early Access Review
Conclusion/tl;dr up top
Narcissu, being a kinetic novel, is not for everyone, but those who don't mind a "game" based primarily on reading or who are already fans of visual novels as a genre will be rewarded with a great story that will make you think and might just make you feel. Plus, hey, it's free, so it's hard not to recommend.

The nitty gritty
Narcissu is a kinetic novel released by the doujin circle Stage-Nana in Japan and published here on Steam by Sekai Project. The story rotates around young people from the 7th Floor (the hospice ward). That is, people whose death has been decided. Without saying much as to the plot, I feel like the novel eloquently covers some heavy subjects: What are the things one has to do before dying? Faced with an unavoidable demise, how might people react to take back independence lost and march vibrantly toward their final act? How does one smile at the end, and how do those left behind smile after?

Gameplay
For people who have experience with visual/kinetic novels, this section is probably unnecessary, but for the unintiated:
A visual novel generally works like a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' book with graphics, music, and sometimes voices. The "player", usually in the guise of the protagonist, makes choices throughout the story that affect the plot. However, Narcissu 1st & 2nd are Kinetic Novels, so they have no choices and very little player interaction aside from a click or press of the enter key to advance the text (though autoplay is actually the default setting for Narcissu Side 2nd, and the author mentions in the notes that he himself sees it more like a movie). Personally, I'd describe it as a long minimalist cutscene with save, load, and backlog options. The game itself is much closer to a novel or a reading experience than a game, and this, no doubt will be what turns a lot of people off from Narcissu, if not the genre as a whole.

Answering common questions
Length?
Narcissu was about a 3 to 4 hour read for me. Narcissu Side 2nd (the included prequel) was 5 to 6 hours. Understandably, it might be a lot of reading for some, but both games are neatly divided into chapters, and the save feature works like a bookmark that you can use at any time.

Order?
Narcissu was released in 2005, and Narcissu Side 2nd was released in 2007, both are included in this release, and I read them in the release order. However, Narcissu Side 2nd is actually a prequel to the events of the original Narcissu, and in the notes for Narcissu Side 2nd, the author suggests reading them in chronological order.

Replay Value?
That probably depends on the player. The original Narcissu was kind of an experiment in minimalist storytelling for Stage-Nana, so it was released in both voiced and unvoiced versions, as the author wanted to see how the voices changed people's impression of the work, and subsequently Narcissu Side 2nd is presented similarly. An interesting mirror of that for this release is that two different translations are included: one made with the intent to localize the novel smoothly into English, and one made with the intent to replicate the phrasing of the original as faithfully as possible and paint a mental picture close to what the original author intended. Though I'm writing this review after just one reading, I can see how this approach would add replay value, and I intend to revisit Narcissu after it stews on me a bit.

Why is this free?
Narcissu is a doujin (or fanmade/amatuer) work and was released for free in Japan. When Sekai-Project announced this Steam release, they said that in the spirit of the original release, Narcissu on Steam would be "As free as Steam would let it be," so here we are. With that said, don't take the lack of a price as a reflection of quality, because, quite frankly, there's no rule stating that professionals can't do doujin works. The music and voices are especially standout in this release, and a few of the voice actresses have both anime and game roles to their credit.

Conclusion
(finally)
Well, I put it at the top for a reason...

This is an excellent release that feels like a labor of love on the part of the author. To me, it stands as a great experiment in minimalist storytelling (especially in the original Narcissu, where I found myself endeared to the characters even with next to no background given about them). Though the novel (and the genre) may not be for everyone, if this feels like your kind of thing, and you have the time to give to reading a great story, I can't not recommend it.
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Early Access Review
Narcissu is a MUST in your steam library, but remember this is not a game, its a VN (visual novel), for people who are new into VN narcissu is a very recommended one, as it was the first VN i had ever played and i absolutely loved it, no regrets installing it.
The overall of the game is AMAZING, but the thing that will most stand out is the story and the music, there are some masterpieces that are worth listening to.

I give this visual novel a 10/10 without a doubt, anway, why are you still reading this review, go download it NOW.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Early Access Review
This Game.... Truly amazing with it's beautiful story and emotional plot.

It is one of the best works stage-nana had to offer so far in my opinion. The Ending will leave you in mixed emotions, sad, happy, relief and etc. You bet your ♥♥♥ you will have connections with the characters, the characters were pretty good and the main character was believable but there are barely any characters in this novel since it's focused between 2 characters so don't think this is a harem where you will bang every single girl nope instead you will have romance with this emotionless girl, not really love but you will see their mutual likings and views towards life and the situation they are in. I Highly reccommend this to anyone who loves beautiful things although this game was lacking in eye candy since only few pictures were given here to aid your visual needs so you'll have to use your imagination most of the time AND you can never miss out the soundtrack! The Soundtrack really fits the atmosphere and gives you an intense feeling! Kudos to the people in charge of the soundtrack, truly Amazing.

Now for the 2nd installment for this game, Man.... *Sniff* In my opinion this was the most powerful, it was the prequel for the whole story focused on Setsumi Sakura and Himeko Shinohara, it was truly amazing and beautiful and really really Unforgettable. Himeko Shinohara is a very likeable character that becomes ill after a bit and the climax to this was really memorable left me thinking for days. You should witness and experience it for yourself because there are literally no words for me to describe it.

Overall this was a good Visual novel, I repeat "Visual Novel" There is no gaming in this only interaction in browsing the different sections of the scripts most of the strength is given in the story.

9 / 10 Story
6 / 10 Art
9 / 10 Soundtrack

RECCOMENDED SO HARD THAT YOU HAVE TO PLAY THIS GAME, IT'S FREE SO GOOOOOOO It's worth your time :D
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Early Access Review
A short but touching story, was an emotional ride. The soundtracks amazing and just adds to the whole aura. It's free so you can't really go wrong. Better than some VNs I've paid for in fact. Give it a try!

Take note it's not a game but a Visual Novel and unlike many other VNs there's no decision making. It's just reading and clicking through the story.

Story: 9/10
Music: 10/10
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