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".
User reviews: Very Positive (988 reviews)
Release Date: May 15, 2007

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Why Early access?
We're still not satisfied with the improvements with the engine to feel that it is ready for primetime. Therefore we put the game out to Early Access so more people can play and report any bugs. Also we are still doing script work which will occasionally break save files.

What's missing?
Steamworks integration isn't complete so achievements are not recorded.
Waiting on achievement icons
New translation still needs to be inserted”
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"One of the most heart-felt VNs for free. Highly recommended to give it your patience. You will be touched. The soundtrack alone is worth experiencing."

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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
15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
This is my first VN, and on the moment i started reading it, i directly loved it.

The story, it directly started giving me the feels.
It's about a girl, whose heart was standing still
And about a boy whose breath was being stolen away, both of whom die.


The music, is just awesome! It totally fits this VN!
And what do i have to say about the voice acting? It's more then awesome!

When i'll finish this novel, i'll just read it again!
It's just that good.

I really recommend this VN. Read it and i'll promise you, you'll like it :)
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
98.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Early Access Review
i cri evrytiem. will cri again QQ/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Early Access Review
Expect tears and just moments of aww enducing scenes. It's one of the most heartfelt visual novels in a good while.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Early Access Review
All I can say is.............. Manly tears were shed
Soundtrack was great
Story was amazing
10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Early Access Review
Oh gawd, my eyes sting...
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
Dont speak english Insomma all'italiana "Nciò capit nu catazza" Però può darsi che fosse stata bella la storia visto che ò potuto sentire le musichine che sono belle e molto da pensatori (Stile Triste anime) e i disegni ben fatti.
9/10 (1 solo perchè non capisco l'inglese e per mia emozione assaporare questa storiellina di questa ragazza quindi spero che chi lo abbia visto sia scoppiato a piangere e abbia donato 10000 euro alla casa editrice :P )
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
Note this review is only for Narcissu not Narcissu: Side 2nd

I'm usually not one to write (or rather type) up a review but this time I'll make an exception.
WARNING : This may sound similar to a review to that of an Anime, due to the fact it's a Visual novel.


Plot/Story : 9/10
Animation/Design : 7.5/10
Audio/Soundtrack : 9/10

Plot/Story
Taken from the 'About this Game' section
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".

Animation/Design
I believe the animation was quite well done for a 2007 game, although the Visual Novel includes little to none actual movements by the characters.

Audio/Soundtrack
I believe the soundtrack went well with the Visual Novel all together. The soundtrack really goes well with the story, I can't really say anything bad about it.

Review Conclusion
Narcissu is overall a great Visual Novel, I strongly recommend those who are interested in Visual Novels, I greatly enjoyed it, the storyline is amazing and well thought and the fact the main characters have little time left to live only makes it all the more emotional and heart-breaking. The Visual Novel is just a MUST in your library.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
When I was younger (0 - 11ish) I was terrified of hospitals, I don't have any problems (that I have been told of) but I do remember constantly going in, getting checked and spending many nights there alone, Although this story is based on a young girl with a terminal illness the writing will always seem to find a way to relate with the reader.

This (FREE) story was something I was most deadly afraid of happening to me growing up. / I am now 17

If you don't have this, please just give it a little read.

Thanks. :)
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17 of 34 people (50%) found this review helpful
158.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
S A D B O Y S
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Early Access Review
Incredible Story in this Visual Novel! I had so much feelings from the start till the very end. It's free and very small size. Go ahead read it , you won't regret.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
This Game.... Truly amazing with it's beautiful story and emotional plot.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
*cry*
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Early Access Review
It has amazing music, it's a wonderful story and it's free.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Early Access Review
Narcissu (1st and 2nd) is a slightly sad, yet somewhat cute story that takes a look at patients of a hospital (hospice) who don't have a long time left to live. I definitely lean more towards the "thumbs up" button than to not recommend it. The game (read: visual novel) have that amateurish feel to it. It doesn't affect the game negatively. Perhaps more the opposite - like comparing a hand-made product to a mass produced one. The story holds up quite well and the background music is solid work that adds to the immersion. I would have liked a bit more depression to it for that extra impact. But that's just my personal love for depressing stories. The ending was quite satisfying.

By all means, give it a go when you are bored or feel like trying out some non-interactive visual novel. It's a free title. You'll only lose time, but hopefully gain something worth it to think about.

EDIT: Oh yeah. The artwork is decent especially in the 2nd title. Scarce in quantity but it leaves more for your imagination. Manga/anime haters though: Don't bother. This is not for you.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
I may still be reading this story, but I really enjoy what I have read so far. This story is so far quite a sad story, however, despite what is happening in there lives and such, I really feel immersed in the adventures these two have been going through so far, and will continue to read it until the end.
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9 of 20 people (45%) found this review helpful
163.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Early Access Review
Whats Your Number :
1. If u Love Japan- Love Anime- Love Visual Novel- Love Slice Of Life Story -But Hate Reading :: Dont Play This Game Download Anime Instead.
2. If u Love Japan- Hate Anime- Hate Visual Novel- Hate Slice OF Life Story- Hate Reading- But Love Japan Girl :: Then Dont Play This Game : Go Download Japanese P0rn Eroge Instead..
3. If u Hate Japan- Hate Anime -Hate Visual Novel- Hate Slice Of Life Story- Hate Reading- Hate Japan Girls- Hate When See Someone Else Happy :: Dont Play THis Game.. Then u SHould Check Yourself To Doctor And ASk What Something Wrong WIth You..
4. If u Love Japan- Love Anime- Love Visual Novel- Love Slice Of Life Story- Love Reading :: Then Go Download This game u Will Love It..
5. If U Only Read Number 5 instead Read From Number 1 Until number 5 :: Then Dont Download This Game u Lazy A$hole ♥♥♥♥ Of ♥♥♥♥..

I'm Number (4)..
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Early Access Review
A sad and touching story but a good one at that.
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Early Access Review
I actually love the idea of more visual and interactive novels coming to steam so I fully knew what to expect. I got through the first book and part way through the other. It wasn't bad, but I guess I was hoping for a more interesting ending. The whole first one just seemed like missed potential. I started seeing the same thing in the second one so I just stopped reading. It seemed just as the characters were given an ounce of depth it ended. I know this is free and all, but I don't consider price when I review. At the end of the day it falls short because the author seems to lose interest in his own stories before they go anywhere.

Maybe since it is early access all the stories become more strongly linked eventually, but at the current pace of these I'd say I have no interest either way. Best wishes to the author in the future though.
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2 of 13 people (15%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Early Access Review
Couldn't finish this because I started to feel.
Also, I realized it was a visual novel, so if you don't like visual novels then play something different I guess. However, if you like sad, pretty stories, then you might like this. *shrugs*
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2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
wow i love this game
Is this the first gal game on steam?
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