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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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
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syntax
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Product received for free
Heartwarming story .. Cried buckets
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big bang
( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Product received for free
Sad ending but wonderful game
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[Himeko-san]
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
The best novel
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ninjaofmordor
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Product received for free
First off, this is not a game in the least bit, and there are no choices other than to just click to continue the story.

Secondly, I have never read through a more time consuming, depressing story in my life.

If you want to be extremely depressed for no reason at all, and if you like to watch SPCA commercials, this is for you.
Embrace your sadness.
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The Ghost in Your Machine
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Product received for free
;-;
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Casper
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
It's 02:00 and I just finished this for the second time in maybe 3 or 4 years. I never bothered to review it the first time though, because I wasn't sure how to put into words what I experienced. I still don't think I am.

Oddly, there's not a lot to say. This novel is profoundly beautiful in its minimalistic presentation, the way the characters (of which there's only really one) are conveyed is surprisingly simplistic, yet that's where a lot of the emotional impact comes from.

It's strange, but your character themselves is more of a passive proxy for describing the futility and beauty of the last few days of someone's life. There isn't a major amount of dialog, but what little is there really serves to illustrate the feeling this someone experiences in their last few days alive; to die on 7F or at home. A last act of defiance.

Music is fantastic, very fitting with the rest of the novel in that it's melancholic, passive yet still powerful enough to pull you into the scene and hope for the best. Not a ton of scenes, but they aren't the focal point anyway; they don't even take up that much of the screen. Text is also presented well in a nice, minimalistic fashion, yet still descriptive enough to paint some really great imagery.

It's a really unique experience, but probably not something you want to read before going to a party or something. It's a beautiful short story. I wouldn't recommend this one if you're depressed though. There's not really a happy ending here, beyond the freedom of the last few days; you're probably just going to get upset.
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KÎRÏTÕ_❤_ŧÛÑà™
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Product received for free
This is a really great and touching visual novel to read, listen and follow along. I would recommend this!

Not sure if its based on a true story. But I'll update my review once I find out.
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illya~ ♪
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
A very touching story... I ran out of tissues...

10/10
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Kiryu
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Narcissu 1st:

+ A fascinating, aphatic story
+ Interesting characters
+ Good writing style
+ Good OSTs, they help creating the right atmosphere a lot...
- ...however, they lack a particular charm
- Extremely poor graphic
- Cheap dubbing

Recommended? Yes, give this story a chance.

Narcissu 2nd:

Oh my, why? Why focusing on a character who doesn't need it? Why ruining the beautiful feel of distance between the player and the story/characters of the first game? Just, why?

Recommended? No. NO. Narcissu ends with the first game. Play only that one. It's free, what are you waiting for?
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Hellsythe5
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Product received for free
omg i can only say this is a god dam MASTERPIECE. yes i used those words... no judging... we are all friends here... i cried alot during the first one now i just started the second and the sheer sound of the music makes me tear up... and it is very well done with minimal grammer errors. pitch perfect wrighting and composing. now i con only say BUY IT ... nvm i should say TAKE IT ITS FREE!!! what other reason do you need to get it :D
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Laundry Lunatic
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
I played this game mostly for the achievements. They were easy. I don't have anything to say about the story since I skipped through it. Sorry.
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Sadie
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Product received for free
Not a game. It's a story, and it's beautiful & sad. (100% achievments are gained very easily)
Free and quick. Check it out for a nice adventure.
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nari
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
only played for achievments tbh
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Shinnok
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
ALL ABOARD TO THE FEELS TRIP
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Yuujiro
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
One of my favourites. Well written with a great story, visuals and music. It carries a strong message of loss and the pain of saying goodbye. A must play for anyone into visual novels or people who are new to them.
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chihayafuru
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
This is a pretty depressing visual novel. It captures the feeling of depression so beautifully. Honestly I don't know if I should recommend this novel or not.

Depending on your perspective, you can interpret this story as good or bad.

In my point of view, this kind of story make me realize how lucky we are to be given the chance to live our life as meaningful as we can. Not everyone has that chance in life.

If you yourself have experienced losing your loved ones, or currently have someone close to you suffering from a terrible illness, I recommend you read this.

This novel expresses the feelings of people that are in the process of dying from sickness with no hope to be cured.

I DO NOT recommend reading this to people who are currently suffering from depression though. I'm afraid that reading this will make you more depressed than you already are. No matter what happens in life, don't lose hope.
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stfN1337
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
100% Achievements
Very fast. ^^
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mindblaster42
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
as good as the other one
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HexQ
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Great story so far would recommend to anyone
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Pelinal Whitestrake
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
This game needs to get to the point a little bit faster.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
A very touching story... I ran out of tissues...

10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Product received for free
Sad ending but wonderful game
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Product received for free
;-;
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
This is indeed a very, very sad story.
The game put me into depression for some time.

One of the worst feeling in this world?
Saying goodbye. That kind of goodbye which you will never see the person again.

Narcissu 1st
"There was only one picture recorded of her smile in this cheap throwaway camera...but it was proof that we lived."

Narcissu is a very text-based VN. Rather than saying it is a VN, it seems more like a 2 hours movie. Different from typical VNs, it has very few illustration and pictures. However, the awesome soundtracks and BGMs successfully compensate the lack of visual presentation. It carries reader along with the story.

One worth-mentioning point is that the gender of the protagonist is unrevealed until the very late chapter. It leaves the reader to freely imagine and make assumption. Whether the protagonist is a boy or a girl in reader's mind, the story still makes sense. And at the end, I got it wrong. (god idk why)

Narcissu 2nd
If.. I were a saint, it... my words were.. not simply for comfort... "Then now, a miracle would happen"

Story of Narcissu 2nd takes place before Narcissu 1st. A story of another person with the same despairing fate. However, it is a bit lengthy. Although it explains some circumstances which have made me curious in Narcissu 1st, there are no remarkable facts that surprise me. Reader may lose interest in it. Personally, I got a bit bored at certain point. The story didn’t hook me like the 1st did.

Lastly,
"sore ja... sayonara... " Might be the last thing you do not want to heard from your loved ones.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
I've cried for it, now and before, many times.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Minimalistic, But the story is meaningful. The characters personalities *to me* fall a little flat and its a bit dull at times..But you're in it for the long run. And its most definitely worth a read. I can't say this is really a game. There's hardly any options to choose from. I guess its more of a book or manga, Its actually quite long for a freebie. So brew some tea and settle in somewhere quiet to read this one.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
I really enjoyed playing this Visual Novel.

Pros:
(+) The story is very touching. There are actually 2 stories, I recommend to play Narcissu 2 first and after that Narcissu 1. They complete each other nicely and you will get a nostalgic feeling playing the other half.
(+) The music is really good, it always creates the right atmosphere. If you want to support the developers you can buy the soundtrack as a DLC.
(+) The game is free to play.

Cons:
(-) There aren't that much backgrounds, but the artstyle is good.

So i would rate 9/10
Try it for a really deep ~8 hour story.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
This isn't exactly a game, it's just a story being told and voiced by the characters. I honestly enjoyed the game very much, it was very sad and touching. A beautiful game, where you can realize a lot of things in life. I really recommend this game if you're up for a free game. I'd say my rating for this would be a 10/10. Please do try it out.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Beautifully done and written. One of the saddest things I’ve ever read.

10/10. I don’t recommend this VN if you feel triggered about terminal illness tho.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
This short VN hurts more than getting kicked in the balls....twice.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 22
I cryded
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Very well written, such a sad story... ):
Just wished there were more variations in the scenes.
And I recommend reading Narcissu 2nd before reading the 1st.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
I came into this game knowing that it was about sick characters and I left caring about those sick characters. It is definitely worth a play through. The 2nd one was the better one and the only I actually cried on. The flow and the characters of that one really gets you. It's hard not to get attached to the characters. The 1st one wass alright, just not as emotionally tugging as the 2nd. It only really followed two characters and their really long car ride.

The images of the game are beautiful, no doubt about that. Although there was at least one that struck me as strange. I'm not sure if describing it would be spoilers, but for someone who just got out of a long hospital stay, their face would not look like that when they get on the bar. Unless she had magic anime muscles, which might explain everything. Just a minor detail though, the art isn't at all bad! (They all look like children too, even the adults. But again, minor detail.)

The music was just great. It really fits with the situations and gives you the feel of this being their moment. I don't know how to describe it, actually. Just know that if I had rewards to give out for best music in visual novels, this game would get all of them.

It has voice acting, if that's what you're into. But I honestly just rushed through that part and played through it silent twice to get the achievements. To me, since i played it silent the first time around, all the characters had their own voice inside my head. The actual voices aren't bad though.

Do I recommend this? Heck yes. Definitely. Play it now.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
just finished first and all i have to say is WHY!!!!!!!!!!! need more booz now
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
The entire Narcissu series is a thought-provoking and heart-breaking story about people who have reached a point where their disease becomes incurable and so they are delivered to a palliative care ward in a hospital, commonly referred to as "the Seventh floor" in this series.

Playing through the first part and the second part was equally as touching and heart-breaking as you are pretty much introduced straight to the case. The young character(s) you are "playing" this visual novel as is/are diagnosed with a terminal illness, so they are sent to the "Seventh floor" where they receive palliative, non-curative treatment as there is no treatment for their illnesses (in the first, the second part's hero is a young girl who is a frequent patient at a local hospital). From there on you get to experience how they deal with their condition, see their more interesting days, take note of sparks of possible hope for the characters.

Stories like these really have a tendency to break your heart and force a tear out of you.

However, on the other side, there is a bit of a problem with how the developer(s) described the palliative, non-curative treatment floor (remember, the Seventh floor). It felt almost like a lifeless area where nurses and doctors didn't seem even interested on making sure their patients are doing fine, while in reality, palliative treatment teams are always keen on making sure their patient experiences the best they can before their final hour's arrival.

Still, the tragic stories in these visual novels are solid. They are well thought-out, well-described and, if you can empathize with people, then these stories are sure to force a tear out of you and make you feel sad for a long, long time.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
This is one of the best visual novels a have played, It´s pretty well written and very detailed, with a not very affable or pleasant theme but with a great value.

I would alert that this history is sad, and a lot of people look the whole plot as it, I personally found it at the end as a message of acceptance and optimism, giving a feel of hope, confidence and so the depart of someone.

The game has some languages support and come with subtitles and also dubbed, It has an amazing soundtrack (too much that I ended buying it lol), I recommend the use of headset while playing, It shows some really good artwork that with combination of the sound effects you can get a good perspective of the protagonist, and also the game now comes with achievements for each chapter you have completed.

I have to say that I don´t consider this a videogame but it can be enjoyable as one, so if you are not in to this kind of stuff, just give it a try now, it´s for free, and I hope you can enjoy it too! :)

Oh, a little note, for me it was pretty slow the moment of changing to the next dialogue, so to do it faster change the speed on menu, also press ¨A¨ to put autoplay mode, It would be even better.

I gave it a 9/10, I really enjoy every moment of it, and had a good time but as I said, I don’t consider it a game but more on a style of a book.

I hope you will have a good time~
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Do you like the feels?
Because I felt them.
So hard.
I played through Narcissu 2nd and let me tell you this, I cried so much by the end of it. I haven't even had the chance to play 1st, yet I still cried so much. Currently predicting the 1st will just be a cluster of feels all over again, but ten times worse.

10/10 would cri again
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
This VN dispels the coldness of my mind...
I finally found the drama of life that really can fill my empty heart...
It gives me more than what i receive from "my life"...

The story, the character's voices, the musics, the backgrounds...
All of them just make this VN so beautiful and... so sad...

10/10
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