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 (1,629 reviews)
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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April 23

Achievements enabled!

Pushed a new update that enables achievements, let us know if you run across bugs with the unlocks!

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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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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
13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Closest I've come to cry in some 4-5 years, go for it.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
What would you do when you found out you only have a certain amount of time to live?

What would you do when you are abandoned and left to rot on your deathbed?

What would you do when you were denied your future?







This is their story.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
I want to die.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
It has no choices. It has no puzzles. It has nothing but a deep and heart touching story line about the meaning of life (and death) and those precious moments in between. What would you do if you knew you were dying, confined to a hospice floor? This is the general premise of the story, though there is much more to it than that. Thought provoking, with tender and human moments, this novel brought tears to my eyes more than once and at the end it was a story i was glad to have heard (read).

My one and only dis on this would be the graphics. Don't get me wrong, they were nice, but they were lacking a bit. I feel they could have put more into the "visual" aspect of this novel. For example: the empty cars and grey screens. I get that it left more to the imagination, but it came off as a tad lacking in effort in my personal opinion. Still, for a free offering, this novel is wonderful and would have been worth paying a little for.

Great rainy day read. 8/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Very good game to play 8/10.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
This horrible, horrible visual novel made be cry! As its intention was evoking emotions, it did the job.

Let's get down to business (I will keep this spoiler-free). Narcissu visual novels (VN) are not strictly games: they have no interactive parts whatsoever. You can just click away and the story continues linearly with no choices. Even the achievements are just reading the novels to their ends.

Narcissu (both of them) is a story about people living with a terminal disease. Note the emphasis. It's a highly emotional and tragic story, with death being a constant theme. Nevertheless, the characters lives are what's important.

Curiously, the type of the disease is left unrevealed in all cases, emphasising the life of the person instead of the sickness. At all times the story follows one of the protagonists from their perspective, revealing what goes through their head. (Most) Protagonists and some important characters have voice-overs for their dialogue. Scenes are covered by nice, melodical piano songs and occasional other instruments.

Apart from many other visual novels, the visuals are very simple: usually there's just a serene scene that depicts the place where the events take place e.g. a kitchen or a countryside. There are very few scenes with people. The style didn't appeal to me strongly. However, I think that at important (i.e. dramatic) times the scenes were well done.

A couple of things about 1st and 2nd novels separately. In my opinion Narcissu 1st begins slowly, with the protagonist being admitted to a hospital and angsting away there. In Chapter 1 it seems like nothing is happening and frankly I was bored while reading it. Fortunately, in half-way through Chapter 2 it finally begins happening, so be sure to endure until that time. Narcissu 2nd is better in this respect as it has a branching story line from the beginning with several characters.

While both VNs are originally Japanese, there are fortunately two English translations of Narcissu 1st. The Agilis translation (the one I read thoroughly) has rather lot of typos and in some small parts it is left unfinished. To me it felt rather clunky. Only afterwards I briefly checked the gp32 translation and it turns out gp32 is a more polished and "proper" translation to English than Agilis. Narcissu 2nd has only Agilis translation to English that was fortunately a lot better and more polished than the one in Narcissu 1st.

For me, Narcissu 1st was 3-hour read and 2nd a 5-hour one. While it's possible to skip through the story by pressing CTRL for achievements, I can recommend reading through the story: it's an emotional and even revealing experience to issues and thoughts of people suffering from difficult diseases. As such, it provokes one to think about life perhaps from a new perspective. To me, that makes it worthwhile a read.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
A sad, depressing, yet beautiful Visual Novel. The soundtrack mainly consists of melancholic instrumentals, which goes very well with the mood of the story. A story about living life meaningfully even when you know your time is almost up; sometimes, you have to let go of the things/people you truly love. The artwork may be simple/limited, but it says a lot.

This is my 4th Visual Novel (after Everlasting Summer and before Voices from the Sea) and it inspired me to look for more visual novels. I am very glad to have come across Narcissu 1st & 2nd.

9/10 - Excellent story and soundtrack. Simply beautiful.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Pre-Release Review
Very touching game,made me cried buckets when playing it. The story was amazing and artwork was unique
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
NOTE:Review is personal. Don't be a ♥♥♥♥ please.

This novel is disturbingly sad and metaphorically makes perfect sense to me which touches me, and so far has hit me very hard as I suffer from dissociation on a daily basis,

and have spent most of my days inside my own 7th floor staring at my pc screen listening to music doing nothing thinking nothing, strugging with addictions and health problems and dying on the inside and out 'trapped' in my home because of anxietes and fears, from past and semi recent abuse. no hope because no jobs. In my room where i'll probably die. Abandoned, begged friends to be there but noone cares anymore. Faded, forgotten. Accepted it and gave up. Sad life. I don't wanna die but. It's impossible to truly live.

Don't play if your not already/don't want, to feel sad/depressed because trust me your about to be crushed.

:) I'm only on the second chapter but will update about how I feel about this. sorry for bad review skills

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Game: Narcissu 1st & 2nd
Genre: Visual Novel
Developer: stage-nana/Sekai Project
System: Steam (PC)
Total Score: 72/100
Value Score: 7.2/10

• Story: 8/10
• Characters: 8/10
• GamePlay: 4/10
• Graphics: 7/10
• Sound: 9/10
• Music: 10/10
• Length: 5/10
• Replay Value: 4/10
• Player Value: 7/10

Pros
+Touching and emotional storyline
+Fantastic Soundtrack
+A lot of extra features/extra side content
+2 games in one
+Free to play on Steam

Cons
-Completely Linear Visual Novel - no choices and storyline has one path
-Very short
-Replay value forces players to play the same story with only difference between having voiceovers on and off
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Absolutely brilliant. Two heart touching stories very well attached with an amazing narrative, simply but effective artwork and a nice soundtrack. Dubbing is sensational, even in japanese or whatever, it makes you to know how they felt in every conversation.

Worth reading. The first one is a main story about Setsumi and the second one is the prequel of the first one but with another character, Himeko... longer and with many more details that explain to the reader why Setsumi behaves in that way.

No choices, even a game, nor the typical an audiovisual novel, is just like a book so there is nothing to do except read, listen and feel.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
What can I say.. Touchy..
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Pre-Release Review
Better as an actual novel. Script is good, story and characters likeable, but "gameplay" is tedious. In the end it may as well be a reading simulator. Play it, just don't blame me if you want your life back.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Pre-Release Review
WARNING THIS GAME WILL MAKE YOU CRY. This damn game has impacted my life so damn hard!!! Narcissu 1st & 2nd is so much more then worth it. I would of gladly paid 20+ dollars for this game! GIVE IT A SHOT YOU WILL LOVE IT!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
The Visual novel for Narcissu is great and highly emotional one. It is engaging made me want to play straight without stopping and in the process I started to ride the feel train. The story plot is decent about people who are terminally ill and was on the verge of dying. I somewhat could feel the emotional connection between the characters and made me feel sad that the game was over. The Narcissu 2nd is basically answering some of the questions raised in the Narcissu 1st. I wished there is more of it.

If you are not looking forward for emotional and dark story, then this is not the game for you :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Easy way to get Achievements if you skip through it.
A great novel. The soundtrack is beautiful. and they story is great.
Side affect: Might get depress.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
First thing you need to know is..

This is NOT a game. There are visual novel that have game choices and etc and that would be a choice and decision game...

This is not NOT a game. It doesn't have choices and the only thing you need to do is once a chapter end click the next chapter and you can press space to speed things up.

That being said..
This is FREE.
This is a beautiful book with a wonderfully touching story.
This "Game" have achievements.

Despite being a girlish book it have some nice plots and fun to read.
I enjoyed both 1 & 2.

IF you bored from gaming want sometime off reading book go for this one.. Again it's free.

IF you just want boost your achievement ratio.
Turn this game on. Change speed to auto-read to high.
Start this game "unvoiced" then press "A" to start auto-read.
Watch some TV with this game on. Click A every once a while at stuck point or mouse click to chapter change.
Once your unvoiced achievement Pops just go to the menu and this time select "Voiced" then click last chapter.
Keep mouse clicking or space clicking until achievement.
Move to second book. Do the same thing.
Move to Extra ending. Do the same thing.
You just got another 100% game...

For review wise..
1/10 as A game.. 7/10 as a Book.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Pre-Release Review
I read a different version that wasn't on Steam. Thus low hours.

It was very sad.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Pre-Release Review
"Le Tour de Japon"

10/10 would sob again.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
A story about the lives of people whose time has run out. A perfect VN with an amazing OST and storyline.
I loved how both the parts are so 'together' with one another.
The voice acting seems lacking as some lines don't have any at all but, still, it's a great one.
The art is splendid and even without much, it's a perfect blend.
A real tear-jerker. Couldn't help but linger on the story even after finishing it.

If Narcissu 3rd ever comes on Steam. I'm buying it immediately!
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