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 (2,062 reviews) - 91% of the 2,062 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 15, 2007

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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
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2015
Here is a visual novel that differs from the rest. It is an enjoyable, albeit tearful story about two kids slowly dying to unnamed illnesses.

Fans of the genre take note this 'game' isn't like other VNs on Steam. While it has it's moments for making you grin, I should warn that it is, at its heart, a depressing story - not everyone's cup of tea. Having said that I found it artfully executed, tasteful (no excessive sex references or anything of the sort), and a welcome change in mood from other games in my possession.

I don't want to give away the plot, for it is short. What you can expect is a minimalist approach to story-telling - images of scenery and hospital interiors, quiet and terse dialogue, simple yet beautiful characterisations. It has a lot going for it, making it a worthwhile purchase in my mind. The only problem I had was trying to figure out who the protagonist was at certain points in the story, which may have been intentional.

There is also a beautiful mystery if you don't stay attentive, in the form of whether the story-teller is male or female. I only recently learned I had it wrong, but once again this may have been intentional. It may have worked even better had there been no evidence at all, leaving the reader to come up with whatever they prefer.

So sure, it's not your typical visual novel. It isn't interactive in any way. There are no branching possibilities, no choices to be made for different endings. But it does have a lot of things that do work - quality artwork, a decent musical score, and a plot that, in my mind, rivals some of the best short stories and novellas out there today. Worth getting.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
Visual novel about the certainty of death in the lives of two terminally ill kids. The dialog, music and story gives insight to what we are doing with the precious time that we have and how we choose to spend it.

Bringing back memories from the hospital and of friends in it just makes me realize how well the story develops with these characters. The story touched my heart...

7/10
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25 of 41 people (61%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
This Visual Novel was quite enjoyable, but it was a bit boring at times *yawn*
Also, I would have of liked it more variety in the pictures shown on the screen, because they showed the same ones over and over again.
But it's good if you want a few free Steam Achivements. Just hold Ctrl then. Yay.
Very sad, but beautiful story.

I give Narcissu 1st & 2nd 8/10
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
Beautiful visual novel i would pay for this game! Haunting sad story of living with the pending doom of death knowing your going to get sicker and sicker and eventually die. I love this story's way it questions you whats kindness? would you want to die on your own terms or surrounded by the family that you have burden and destroyed their usual lives by your terminal illness? A visual novel you must read and its free !
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
Depressing AF but I love it. Makes you feel some feels like you've never feeled before. The feels man, the feels.
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