Higurashi When They Cry is a sound novel. The music, backgrounds and characters work together to create a world that is the stage of a novel for the user to read. They laugh and cry and get angry. The user takes the point of view of the protagonist to experience the story.
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Release Date: May 15, 2015

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October 14

Himatsubushi is now available!

Hello, everyone!

Thank you all very much for your patience. We're pleased to announce the fourth installment of Higurashi When They Cry Hou, Himatsubushi, is now available here on Steam!


This is the last chapter in the Question Arcs, the final suspicion raised before the answers begin to fall in place, so don't miss this piece of the puzzle!

Like previous chapters, enjoy a variety of achievements, trading cards, and more!

Don't forget to check out our 07th Expansion page: http://www.mangagamer.org/07thExpansion/
Question Arcs bundle: http://store.steampowered.com/bundle/709/

Help spread the word on twitter with #Higurashi and introduce new fans to this remastered version of such a great series from 07th Expansion!

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September 15

Himatsubushi Coming Soon!

Himatsubushi will be released on October 7th, 2016!


This October, you can enjoy the third chapter of this exciting Visual Novel that spawned the highly-acclaimed Higurashi anime and manga series on Steam for the very first time! With updated sprites and other visuals, fans won't want to miss this new release!

In this chapter, Himatsubushi, we travel back to long before the murders began, back to the time of the dam protests. This time, a boy is kidnapped - the son of one the dam leaders. A young detective visits Hinamizawa to track down the kidnapped child, but why do things seem off? What could Rika possibly want from this man in the distant past?

This is the last chapter in the Question Arcs, the final suspicion raised before the answers begin to fall in place, so don't miss this piece of the puzzle!

Don't forget to check out our 07th Expansion page either:


Help spread the word on twitter with #Higurashi and introduce new fans to this remastered version of such a great series from 07th Expansion!

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“Nearly everything about this game’s story just works. It leans from the most asinine, youthful banter possible to truly twisted mental states by the end. Players will end up second guessing themselves just as much as the protagonist does.”
4.5/5 – Hardcore Gamer

“Higurashi stands out as an example of how evocative a game can be based on storytelling without the aid of high-end graphics.”
8.5/10 – APG Nation

About This Game


The 58th year of Shouwa, early summer
It’s June, and the summer heat has arrived earlier than it does most years.
By day there are crickets, and by night there are cicadas.

We’re in Hinamizawa, a small village in the countryside.
There are fewer than two thousand people here. But every year, there is an event.

This event is a mysterious death.
(The series has run from 1979 to 1983)

On a certain day in June, someone dies, and someone else goes missing.
The series of deaths is connected to the upheaval surrounding the dam construction project.
A murder case that was covered up is being reenacted.
Is it a conspiracy? A coincidence? Or perhaps a curse?

Someone who was supposed to be there isn’t.
Someone who wasn’t supposed to be there is.

Someone who was alive last night is dead now.
And someone who is here right now isn’t alive.

So, there is no way to avert tragedy. There is no choice but to give up.
But don’t give up.

Only you can stand up to this.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, 7, 8
    • Processor: Pentium III 800 MHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Processor: Pentium 4 1.4GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • OS: OSX 10.8: "Mountain Lion"
    • Processor: 1 Ghz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu or equivalent
    • Processor: 1 Ghz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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330 of 355 people (93%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
100.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2015
In both its visual novel and anime incarnations, Higurashi When They Cry, also known as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, is revered as one of the greatest horror/mystery works of their mediums.


If I liked the anime, will I like the visual novel?

Definitely, without question. The anime is a great adaptation in two ways. First, it does not cut out or distort many important plot points, although there are certainly changes. Second, it makes fantastic use of the advantages of the animated medium to create suspense.

The visual novel, however, explains several key plot points better than the anime does. Most importantly, the visual novel portrays paranoia and confusion far better than anime ever could. The visual novel really gets you thinking like the protagonist thinks, whereas the anime just has you experiencing what the protagonist experiences.

Chapter 1, Onikakushi, covers the first four episodes of the anime.


Two main things set Higurashi apart from otherwise similar horror titles.

Slice of Life Camaraderie

Higurashi in its entirety isn't just a story about how bad things happen and a bunch of people die. At its core, it is a story about overcoming adversity (although the first chapter is very much about bad things happening).

Higurashi's early slice of life scenes reinforce this overarching positive theme. They depict a group of friends who participate in cutthroat competitions on a daily basis. They struggle and play dirty to improve themselves and each other. It's very much not your usual slice of life.


Paranoia plays a huge role in the first few chapters of Higurashi. Many characters deeply involved in the series of murders have yet to be revealed. Two main characters have yet to be introduced. The protagonist, and by extension the reader, doesn't know why or even what is happening. In this way, Higurashi is quite similar to the visual novel Chaos;Head (excuse me, ChäoS;HEAd). An unreliable protagonist tries to survive and figure out what the hell is going on.

You could say that Higurashi is to horror visual novels as Amnesia: The Dark Descent is to horror video games.


Higurashi is phenomenal bang for your buck in terms of both quality and quantity. It is very much enjoyable as a standalone work, but also leads into a greater overarching story. What are you waiting for?
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263 of 279 people (94%) found this review helpful
288 people found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Bought this game to find out when they cry. The only one who cried was me.
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486 of 556 people (87%) found this review helpful
457 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
so good, it'll make your neck itch ..
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312 of 346 people (90%) found this review helpful
364 people found this review funny
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
Finally, a game that teaches players valuable life lessons such as:

- Stay away from little girls with cleavers.
- When in a town full of crazy people, try not to be home alone.
- Don't do cocaine in phone booths.
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147 of 152 people (97%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2015
Higurashi is a classic VN. It's had anime adaptations, its own manga series, OVAs, live-action films, even a third-person shooter. The cult surrounding this VN undoubtedly made 07th Expansion what it is today. How's the Steam release, then?

  • Returning players will notice that the English translation has been entirely redone. MangaGamer opted to do away with the subpar 2009 official translation and redid all of EP1's script from scratch. The results are satisfying; characters speak naturally, inner monologues don't feel stilted, and wordplay is more sophisticated.
  • MangaGamer contracted an artist to create new character art to replace Ryukishi07's original work. Again, the results pay off as the new character sprites look professional and do a great job at conveying the emotions of the characters. I personally prefer the new art to the old, but purists can switch between the two by simply pressing 'P'.
  • The Steam version of Higurashi runs on an entirely different engine than the original, an engine which allows the game components to be modded at the players' leisure. Players who wish to use the PS2 character art, PS3 backgrounds, etc. are easily able to modify Higurashi's files to do so. The new engine doesn't interfere with normal gameplay at all, and returning players might not even notice it.

All of these make the Steam version one of the greatest ways to experience Higurashi, but how's the story itself? Engaging, to say the least; first-time players often find it difficult to stop reading once they've invested time and emotion into the plot and characters. Each chapter ('Onikakushi' being one of eight) is roughly 7-9 hours in length, so you'll definitely not feel cheated for content by the time you finish.

Higurashi has earned its acclaim/notoriety. If you ever wanted to get into VNs, this is one of the best you can start with.
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193 of 213 people (91%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
A psychological horror game/novel that doesn't include jumpscares.....
Not many games like that exist today.....

EDIT: There is one or two scenes in the novel that made me jump a bit but I think i am in the minority there (The 'LIES!' scene in particular)
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270 of 323 people (84%) found this review helpful
452 people found this review funny
1,054.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2015
This game made me realize how slow of a reader I am...
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103 of 112 people (92%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
Higurashi When They Cry is a series that spans 8 Chapters (or Arcs) in total and Onikakushi (Spirited Away by the Demon) is the first of 8 chapters. The Steam version is a remaster of the original Sound Novel which includes the option to switch between the new sprites or the original sprites.

The story in itself is a solid horror/thriller experience, it throws you in a shoe of Maebara Keiichi, a recent transfer student to Hinamizawa and his experience with his friend. The beginning of the game shows you an all-happy go round group of friends and kyute girls that as they go about doing kyute things. As the story progress, Keiichi discover that there was a bloody murder in Hinamizawa. Confused and curious about what happen, he started asking his kyute friends about the incident but they keep denying it happens, which makes Keiichi starting to doubt his friends. The story starts to get interesting around the end of Watanagashi festival, I won't spoil the rest of the story but expect a crazy ride after that.

If you have already watched the anime, then you must read this VN (I know I said Higurashi is a Sound Novel, but blame Chunsoft on that one) since the anime butchered a lot of content from the VN. There is no choice to be made since this is a kinetic VN and no it doesn't have voice acting even though it was promoted as Sound Novel (blame Chunsoft). Also this is just the first chapters/arcs of Higurashi so expect to shell out another $6 for Tsumiboroshi, Meakashi, Watanagashi, Matsuribayashi, Tatarigoroshi, Minagoroshi & Himatsubushi. Based corporate :^)

Closing this review, I recommend any oldf*gs out there (like myself ;-;) who have played Higurashi before to play this one not only because of the updated sprite, but also unifying all your Higurashi in one place (Steam) is nice if you didn't have the physical copy of all Higurashi. If you're interested/new to the series, love horror/thriller genre or have watched the anime and still feel that it's lacking, pick this up and sate your horror/thriller need.

Also, Umineko f*cking when MangaGamer?
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137 of 163 people (84%) found this review helpful
109 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2015
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189 of 240 people (79%) found this review helpful
182 people found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2015
I can't sleep.

No, I'm not lying.
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9.2 hrs
Posted: October 18
Will you buy this Awesome Sound novel, i Wonder, I Wonder?
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36.1 hrs
Posted: October 17
I really liked the anime so I decided to give the visual novels a try. It's even better, because things are much more detailed in a VN than in 22 minutes. It feels great to be able to read Keiichi's thought, instead of just watching characters like I would in the anime.

What I don't really like is the lack of voice acting and of playstation sprites, but these issues are both patchable.

Overall, I'm having a lot of fun, and I think the musics are very good for (what once was) a small indie VN! Buy it! ^_^
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6.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
TLDR: If you already know and love the series, buy this, you'll like it. If you are interested in the series, VNs, or have heard good things, but aren't already a fan of the series, spend your money elsewhere.

My recommendations for this game comes very tentatively. I love the story and the series, but this translations often feels very cumbersome and unnatural as if they had translated the story line by line, never taking time to go back and make sure the pieces fit together, made sense in the context, were of appropriate register, etc. I would recommend this to people who are already in love with the series via the anime/manga/etc and already have an appreciation for the story, but for your first foray into the world of Hinamizawa... you'll probably be surprised that anyone could enjoy such terrible writing. 95% of it is fine, but every 20 minutes or so when you run into that train wreck of a 5%, it's extremely jarring, takes you out of the story, and just makes you want to stop reading.

The fact that it comes with the original Japanese text too is AMAZING, but for the average person probably isn't that useful. It really feels like a release that is targeted at hardcore fans of the series, rather than people looking to pick it up for the first time and that is really a shame.
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13.4 hrs
Posted: October 15
Higurashi is great.
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15.3 hrs
Posted: October 12
It is great that a cult Japanese visual novel like Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.1 Onikakushi has become available in Steam in English and the new features are very nice.

There is barely any interaction beyond moving the text forward which is fine. However that means that it is only the graphics, sound and storytelling that motivates you to keep going. Generally the graphics and sound are pretty limited and early on the story moves very slowely which makes the game pretty boring. Later on, when the story picks up, the game becomes more interesting and creepy but it is likely most people will have lost their patience to reach this point.

Having finished chapter 1, I am eager to play chapter 2 but the story moves way too slowely for most people.
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Damien Ramirez
0.1 hrs
Posted: October 12
AS messed up as the Anime, i'd only buy if your a Fan of these types of games or the anime, or like Manga: lots of reading
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32.3 hrs
Posted: October 10
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16.2 hrs
Posted: October 10
Amazing atmosphere. Slow starting but when it gets going it's some of the craziest ♥♥♥♥ I've ever seen.
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20.2 hrs
Posted: October 9
Hao~ soooo kyute!

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1.3 hrs
Posted: October 6
You know those horror movies about small towns? The ones where the new guy discovers a dark secret, nearly gets killed, and comes back with a horse and a ♥♥♥♥ ton of ammo? Wait, that's Hot Fuzz. Forget that last part.

So. Higurashi. As someone who has the old Mangagamer hard copies of both arcs, I was pleased to find that the series was getting a shiny new makeover for Steam. Especially when I head about the improved translation. I'm still hoping to hear that this incarnation will get a new hardcopy release. To those who are familiar with the storyline of the series overall, I won't go into details. If you're interested in skipping ahead, the manga release by Yen Press is still available. To those who haven't played Higurashi yet, here goes.

This is a 'kinetic' sound novel. To those uninitiated in the visual novel genre, sound novels rely less on the graphics, and more on the music, sound effects, and atmosphere. As a kinetic novel, you don't make any decisions. Gameplay is just pushing the enter button and advancing the text. In this edition, you can chose between the original sprites, infamous for being cutesy and having boxing glove hands, or more streamlined, professional looking ones.

Hinamizawa is a small town in rural Japan. Tradition looms over this place, where the deity Oyashiro-sama is worshipped by the locals. When Keiichi Maebara moves to this place from Tokyo in 1983, he will make several friends. The ditzy, yet sharp Rena Ryugu. The tomboyish gamer, Mion Sonozaki. The trap master, Satoko Hojo. The serious young shrine maiden, Rika Furude. With their help, Keiichi finds a place in this town. Then he hears a story from several years ago, about a heinous murder that made the news. His friends deny anything happened, but Keiichi finds evidence to the contrary. As Keiichi learns about the yearly death and disappearances that are called Oyashiro-sama's curse, who can he trust? What is happening in Hinamizawa?

On a related note, to look into the tradition of protective gods like Oyashiro-sama,, and stories of spiriting away, I strongly suggest reading Richard Dorson's translations of The Legends of Tono and Folk Legends of Tono.
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