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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... 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
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Any 64 bit processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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meo658
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
love it!
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angelofsora
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Free to play, awesome script, short but touching story...

What will you do, if you know your life is like the sand in a sandglass?

There're no tears, no bereavements, but I feel so depressed when the story comes to the end

A splendid story, a tale in the winter

Please, bloom our life as a splendid blossom.

One day we will finally come to the end of our life, but, we can do everything we can, to color the road we walked through.

12/10 Recommend for every adults.
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Sofiati
( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Crying simulator 2.0
10/10 would get depressed again.
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Spaghetteeey
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Bought all the tissues at the grocery store. Still not enough.
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paul
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
I like depressing stuff that makes me dwell on how little I've been doing with my life. This visual novel does a great job at cutting into your already wretched emotions while telling the amazingly written story that is Narcissu. If you're a broken piece of trash like me you should check this out.

10/10
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Porkythepig
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Really loved this game (visual novel - whatever you want to call it). It had incredibly great plot and I feel like it was extremely successful at demonstrating what was happening at every event in the novel and for that reason; I reccommend it to anyone who isn't afraid to both laugh and cry as they read thorughout the story.
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7/-/0/\/\45
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
A sad yet beautiful story combined with a perfectly fitting soundtrack.Highly recommended for everyone who likes visual novels.In addition to that it´s free to play and even if you don´t like the genre it´s totally worth a try. :)
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CyanPlaza
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Fantastic, nihilistic entry level visual novels. While available for ten years prior to this, the port is free of any flaws, has multiple translations available and has optional voice acting. The dojin group that made these games, “Stage-Nana” got a lot of mileage out of the relatively few art assets in the game, and tell an impact story without being pretentious (which, considering the subject material is damn hard).

Unlike other visual novels, there isn’t really an option to input any “choice” in the story, there’s no interaction from the player. I wouldn’t consider this a flaw, as the stories are short by comparison to other VN’s and it completely works for the type of story they’re trying to tell.

Oh, and it’s free. So there’s that. If you dig visual novels, or thought The Antler’s “Hospice” was a bit too upbeat for you, give this a go.
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Sir Legar
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
PROS:

+ Great story which will make you cry like a ♥♥♥♥♥ (Play this game at nights.)
+ Good soundtrack which fits perfectly to the story.
+ 1st story leaves you with lots of questions in mind. 2nd story is a prelogue, it answers all these questions and punches you right in the face with dem feels.
+ First-person narrative is a great choice for this game!
+ I managed to finish the stories without having any break. So the story is that good :)
+ It's free, it's not short and it comes with achievements.

CONS:

- There are two seperate achievements; for finishing the stories with or without the voiceovers. So you'll have to finish them once more to unlock every achievement. EDIT: Just choose the last chapter, press and hold the ctrl button and you will unlock the achievements!

? I didnt enjoyed the character visuals nor the voiceovers. But this might because im not an anime fan.
? The story wont tell you anything about the deadly disease. So you wont learn anything about it.
? At first you might get bored but some time later story will hook you. At the 2nd story you might get confused but things will be clear near the ending.

VERDICT: Im depressed as ♥♥♥♥.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Deeply emotional experience with subtle messages. Terrific soundtrack and amazing atmosphere for a visual novel. Very much enjoy this type of kinetic novel, so this was perfect for me. Highly recommend.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I found my box of tissues.
Oh it's empty now.

:(
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
PROS:

+ Great story which will make you cry like a ♥♥♥♥♥ (Play this game at nights.)
+ Good soundtrack which fits perfectly to the story.
+ 1st story leaves you with lots of questions in mind. 2nd story is a prelogue, it answers all these questions and punches you right in the face with dem feels.
+ First-person narrative is a great choice for this game!
+ I managed to finish the stories without having any break. So the story is that good :)
+ It's free, it's not short and it comes with achievements.

CONS:

- There are two seperate achievements; for finishing the stories with or without the voiceovers. So you'll have to finish them once more to unlock every achievement. EDIT: Just choose the last chapter, press and hold the ctrl button and you will unlock the achievements!

? I didnt enjoyed the character visuals nor the voiceovers. But this might because im not an anime fan.
? The story wont tell you anything about the deadly disease. So you wont learn anything about it.
? At first you might get bored but some time later story will hook you. At the 2nd story you might get confused but things will be clear near the ending.

VERDICT: Im depressed as ♥♥♥♥.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
I like depressing stuff that makes me dwell on how little I've been doing with my life. This visual novel does a great job at cutting into your already wretched emotions while telling the amazingly written story that is Narcissu. If you're a broken piece of trash like me you should check this out.

10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
The 1st game is bit boring because I already read the Novel, but the 2nd game is awesome
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
490 of 531 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 25, 2014
Narcissu 1st & 2nd is a Japanese visual novel developed by stage-nana and written originally in Japanese by Tomo Kataoka. This VN tells the story about the residence of 7th floor Setsumi Sakura and her experience during the last moment of her life.

This game includes both the Narcissu 1st & Narcissu 2nd. 2nd being the prequel and 1st is the main story of Setsumi.
The 2nd tells the story of Himeko Sunohara as her life take a 180 degree turn when she was diagnosed with a diseased that can't be cured, thus she's moved to the 7th floor. Himeko used to work as helper in 7th floor so she kinda used to the situation, but then it all changes when she met Setsumi.

Narcissu 1st set appx. 6-7 years after 2nd. The story is focused on the anonymous Protagonist (just think of him as us) who is terminally ill & Setsumi as both of them realizes their feeling of not wanting to die in the hospital or at home with their respective families. The two of them begin a long journey accross Japan until they find that place...
NARCISSU

I have completed the game 2 years ago and when I found this game on Steam Greenlight, I immediately vote it up as I think this COULD BE first step of introducing the Visual Novel medium to the West. Currently the game is in Early Access but don't let that bother you because the story itself is completed & translated. I'm also part of the Closed Beta tester and I could say that Sekai Project did a good job of making the game engine compatible with Steamwork.

Definitely a must have if you are an avid VN player or you are interested in this medium, even after 2 years of finishing this, I still get dem feels moment :') a Masterpiece indeed!
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464 of 540 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 25, 2014
All aboard the feels train. Choo choo!
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220 of 238 people (92%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2015
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".

Usually I would start a review with some sort of story hook, an attempt to use my own words to evoke the kind of atmosphere you can expect from the full experience, something to show you at a glance whether it could really speak to you or whether you would not connect with it at all. In the case of Narcissu 1st & 2nd, I feel that no matter how long I try, I will not be able to top the original summary by Insani (quoted above and throughout this review), the fan translation group that first brought Narcissu to English-speaking audiences. Instead I will just quote their writing where appropriate and dive straight into the facts myself.

Narcissu and its sequel Narcissu Side 2nd are rather famous kinetic novels (meaning they have no branching story or player choices) with a strong legacy in the VN community. They are known for their use of minimalist visuals, mostly showing backgrounds with no character sprites or even just a gray void, with only very few character CGs inbetween. The soundtrack relies heavily on piano pieces, but also makes use of other instruments in some places, and features two title tracks with Japanese vocals. The engine shows its age in some aspects and does not have a fullscreen mode for example, but apart from that it has everything you'd expect, including save states and a soundtrack menu. As a reader, you have the choice between two different English translations or the original Japanese script, and you can opt to listen to the Japanese voice acting if you so choose.

Imagine what it would be like to have your entire life -- your friends, your family, your interests, your loves, your hatreds, your future -- all taken away from you in a single instant. Imagine a hard, lumpy bed, a noise-filled ward, the sharp sting of needles entering your flesh at all hours of the day, the indignity of being woken up just as you are about to fall asleep for incessant vital statistics measurements, the doctors whose names you don't know (but that's okay, because they don't remember your name, either; they just remember you as "the non-small cell lung carcinoma in room 6"), and your own name, your very own name, that you have just about forgotten.

Then you might have some clue as to what it is like to be dying in a hospital.

It would be off the mark to describe Narcissu as an "emotional rollercoaster" since the concept would imply lots of ups and downs, but even though Narcissu ends on a bittersweet note of resolution, it is pretty much devoid of "up" moments. VN connoisseurs might note that this places it in the utsuge genre, everyone else seeking more stories like it now has a keyword to search by.

The story is about an unnamed young man who falls terminally ill. After all venues of hope are exhausted, he is moved to the hospice ward of the local hospital, where he meets a girl of about his age who conveys to him the unwritten rules of the inhabitants of the 7th floor, of those who are going to die. The two begin a series of awkward non-interactions that culminate in their decision to reject the dichotomy of dying either in the hospital or at home, which kicks off the main arc of the story.

The way that Narcissu hones in on its themes with every fiber of its being is both its strongest asset and biggest liability. Everything about it, from the background visuals to the character interactions, is teeming with the drabness that you would expect from a story about young people in palliative care, which is not at all a melodramatic "woe is me" caricature of exaggerated sadness and self-pity, but a cold collage of loss and hopelessness rooted in questions that no human should have to ask themselves, such as: What does it even mean to be alive if there can be nothing to look forward to? Both main characters' actions and non-actions need to be viewed through this lens to have any hope of being understood.

In that sense, Narcissu as a piece of literature is more demanding of your sense of empathy than many other games and visual novels: It could easily be misunderstood as a story trying to show "normal" people what it is like to be terminally ill by taking their hands and walking them through the experience, but in actuality it's closer to a slice-of-life story about people who are terminally ill, that asks you to make the necessary mental steps towards those people on your own if you wish to understand them. In short: This story isn't written for you, it's written for its main characters.

One example that I can give without veering too far into story spoilers is Setsumi's attitude towards the protagonist. She initially comes across as standoffish and rude, and there's the tacit expectation of a pivotal moment where she finally starts to open up so the "proper" story can start, but that moment never comes. Where a less patient or empathetic reader might leave the story unsatisfied, we can instead take the opportunity to examine Setsumi's behavior with her medical situation in mind, and ponder the way that human relationships develop. Most of us go through life every day making small passing connections to people, but only once in a while do we meet someone we like enough to allow ourselves to be vulnerable around them (which takes courage) in hopes of forging a lasting connection that we can depend on in the future. But what, then, if there quite literally is no future? Suddenly there is no point in opening up to anyone new. Why bother taking the risk of potentially getting hurt if we will not live to see the reward?

The novel doesn't spell these details out to you, it asks you to understand the characters on the basis of their actions. Questions like why having a goal is suddenly such a big deal to the protagonist are left up to interpretation. The combination of strong characterization (which if you've seen my previous VN reviews you already know I am crazy for) and partially unapproachable writing is not for everyone, especially not if you are looking for light entertainment, but there is a lot of substance to it for people willing to make the effort.

In summary, Narcissu is a great visual novel that can be genuinely rewarding to read, but is ill-suited for those of us with short attention spans.

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.
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126 of 148 people (85%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 3, 2015
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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139 of 172 people (81%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 24, 2015
The best things in life really are free. And send you into a depressed spiral for days. 10/10 would depression again. I really hope this gets popular enough for the 3rd game to be localized.
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