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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July 8

Umineko When They Cry Now Available!

Umineko When They Cry (Question Arcs) Now Available!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/406550

Fans of Higurashi When They Cry won't want to miss this amazing new tale from the same creators at 07th Expansion!

Join Battler, a scion of the wealthy Ushiromiya family, as he attends their annual reunion on the island of Rokkenjima for the first time in six years. However, that night, a disaster falls upon the Ushiromiya family, and they all begin to fear for their very lives. Battler's cousin Maria believes the golden witch Beatrice has returned and committed murder through magic, but Battler doesn't believe in such a fantasy. Still, could anyone in his family really have killed their own kin for the sake of riches? You know both the situation leading up to the incident and its tragic result, but the course of events is an enigma, and no one willing to share the whole truth. What really happened on Rokkenjima that night?

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June 17

Tatarigoroshi On Sale Now!

Higurashi When They Cry Hou – Ch 3 Tatarigoroshi is now live and available for download!

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Reviews

“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 GAME THAT INSPIRED THE MEGA-HIT ANIME SERIES
RETURNS WITH BRAND NEW CHARACTER ART!! *

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, 7, 8
    • Processor: Pentium III 800 MHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Pentium 4 1.4GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.8: "Mountain Lion"
    • Processor: 1 Ghz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu or equivalent
    • Processor: 1 Ghz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Someoneman
9.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
You might have heard people call this horror, but for the best experience you should really treat the story as a fun romantic comedy about a guy who meets a group of fun and quirky girls and has fun playing board games with them.
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sallee92
11.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
Kyute! LIES! Gotta love Rena.

I first watched the Anime adaptation several years ago and was hooked by it and when I came to Steam learned of its Roots as a sound novel and I must say I am impressed.The well presented text, the character interactions and even every little detail like sounds such as the Higurashi's cry and facial expressions of the characters just wow just gotta love the detail.The start which is slice of life which is hilarious(the story starts off slow but I promise it's worth it)and then it begins... Oh ho ho~.Also love the fact this story can be read in multiple ways via thanks to the community or happy as it is directly without the choice is yours. The perspective is from Keiichi's point of view and his thoughts,feelings and observations of things around him were excellently done.Just loved looking through his lense so to speak which I felt was better conveyed here than in the Anime adaptation(From what I can recall at least)
Looking forward to chapter 2!Thank you to MangaGamer for bringing these releases!
Definitely recommend to Higurashi fans!
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★Bring Illya Back
10.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
As a preface, I bought this game on a whim under the recommendation of a friend who watched the anime. I’ve read a handful of visual novels before, so I figured this antiquated sound novel that stemmed a bit of mild interest upon initial inspection wouldn’t be too bad of a read for its low price. Little did I know of the compelling story that awaited me.

Higurashi When They Cry is a story about 16-year old Keichi Maebara who moves from the busy city to the isolated village of Hinamizawa. He quickly adjusts to the slower pace of life in Hinamizawa and makes new friends. The story begins slowly, with slife-of-life-esque moments and encounters between Keichi and his new friends in Hinamizawa. There are some funny moments, but others may find this part of the story boring and repetitive. However, as the story progresses and the exposition fades, Keichi slowly learns of the horrors surrounding the village of Hinamizawa. Murder. Brutality. Mystery. Insanity. Conspiracy. As one continues reading, they can only feel magnetized as the story draws them in closer and closer. Higurashi is a story of mystery, and it does it properly.

There’s more aspects of the novel I could write about. However, I feel it would be too long-winded and, many others have already written about those aspects in their reviews. But I must recommend Higurashi to anyone looking for a great mystery visual novel. If you haven’t watched the anime adaptation of Higurashi, I doubt the visual novel will have the same effect on you as it did with me. This visual novel is my first experience with the Higurashi series and, I am excitedly looking forward to reading the other continuations of the story and uncovering the truth behind the mystery. 9/10.
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atro city
10.9 hrs
Posted: August 15
Don't be fooled by its innocent appearance, Higurashi When They Cry is a very dark mystery/horror visual novel. Typically I don't care for horror VNs, but Higurashi uses the kind that I like: suspenseful psychological horror that does not use jump scares or cheap tactics.

The first half or so is a slice of life story about moving to a new school in a small town, and honestly I didn't really care for this portion. However, it is necessary for character-building and the second half is well worth trudging through the first. When the real story begins, you'll get sucked into the tale surrounding the town and a series of people who died under suspicious circumstances. Then, all that cheerful tone gets swept under the rug and the rest of the VN is a perfect mix of suspense, mystery and psychological horror that really puts you in the protagonist's shoes. The excellent soundtrack is also worth mentioning here as the music sets the creepy atmosphere very well.

Read it. Trust me, Higurashi will get in your head.
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ElxMexican
9.6 hrs
Posted: August 14
Even 5-6 years after having watched the anime and read the original novel, it's still pretty ♥♥♥♥ing good. Trust me, its not Oyashiro-sama telling me to write this. Its actually good
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m00n
6.0 hrs
Posted: August 10
Rena Ryuuguu is my waifu.
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ChaoKitsune
14.9 hrs
Posted: August 10
I think I'm gonna start taking up baseball. Just gotta find a bat and start swinging.
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Isa
6.2 hrs
Posted: August 9
I love the anime Higurashi, but this sound novel or visual novel what♥♥♥♥ingever was just a pain in the ♥♥♥
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Coyote-chan
8.6 hrs
Posted: August 8
I watched the Animu back in the day. This is that x100. I would recommend watching that first, getting a little taste of Higurashi. This chapter, sub-divided into 12 chapters, is at least 8 hours long. Just a warning, as the show is condensed, this VN can seem to drag on a bit. The horror, if you are good at visualizing, is so much better in the VN, but it takes longer to happen. Don't give up on this half way through, you will reget it, because the last few chapters are fantastic. A slow burn.
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Scorch-A
23.7 hrs
Posted: August 7
Higurashi: When They Cry - Chapter 1: Onikakushi-Hen
Oh boy, am I gonna love reviewing these. Let me first preface this review with two things:
1: I've never played a true Visual Novel before this
2: I will gladly be quoted when I say that the Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni series is my favorite set of anime of all time.
With that said, let's get right underway with the review.
Higurashi: When They Cry, is a series made by 07th Expansion and translated to English by MangaGamer. As I understand it, the Visual Novel was the first iteration of this tale, with every other iteration coming afterwards (though I'm not sure if the Drama CD was actually first or not. Can someone please correct me if I'm wrong?). The story follows a laid-back teen named Keiichi Maebara in a small village known as Hinamizawa (based on real-life village Shirakawa-go Village), all set in June of 1983. It starts off laid back and all happy, but eventually starts taking dark turns when some truths start trying to surface. Narrative wise, this is ABSOLUTELY the best way I've received the story. Unfortunately, I'm still not sure I'd wanna call this a game, as there is no player interaction whatsoever. It's more of a glorified book with music and a few sound effects here and there. Oh, and SLIGHTLY interactive visuals, but these are extremely minimalistic. But the lack of gameplay is definitely made up for by this gripping story. The story is told from a first-person perspective of Keiichi, which unfortunately DOES mean we don't get to actually SEE our protagonist in this chapter. The backgrounds are odd in that they're real pictures, probably taken at Shirakawa-go Village, but they've been edited in a way that makes them look like they were done by a concept artist. There's one or two where people's faces are in there that sort of breaks the cartoonish illusion, but for the most part, it's actually very scenic. The music, what little there is, is clever and perfectly timed. Granted, the loops aren't exactly the best, but I enjoyed each track happily. Now since this is only the first arc of the series (only 4 episodes long in the anime), this is by no means the FULL story. In fact, the bonus content even says that this story sort of acts as a prologue for what's to come. But don't let that fool you. The shortest time you'll spend on this VN if you're actually reading it is 8 hours. It's brimming with content, which is something I always appreciate in a story. The Steam edition offers a choice between the original character sprites drawn by the original creator, or new updated sprites that even surpass the anime's art style. If you ask me, the original sprites haven't exactly aged well, and these new ones are almost more alive and believable (it's mainly the hands). Overall, this first chapter of Higurashi: When They Cry gets an 8/10 from me. My only complaint is that it's basically a book with extra additives, but at least it rocks as its own thing. You can download a copy of Higurashi: When They Cry - Chapter 1: Onikakushi-Hen on Steam for $5.99 on PC, Mac, and Linux, or for $0.99 on the AppStore (bearing in mind that the iOS versions do not have the updated sprites, and may possibly not have the updated English translation either).
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Don't be fooled by its innocent appearance, Higurashi When They Cry is a very dark mystery/horror visual novel. Typically I don't care for horror VNs, but Higurashi uses the kind that I like: suspenseful psychological horror that does not use jump scares or cheap tactics.

The first half or so is a slice of life story about moving to a new school in a small town, and honestly I didn't really care for this portion. However, it is necessary for character-building and the second half is well worth trudging through the first. When the real story begins, you'll get sucked into the tale surrounding the town and a series of people who died under suspicious circumstances. Then, all that cheerful tone gets swept under the rug and the rest of the VN is a perfect mix of suspense, mystery and psychological horror that really puts you in the protagonist's shoes. The excellent soundtrack is also worth mentioning here as the music sets the creepy atmosphere very well.

Read it. Trust me, Higurashi will get in your head.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I watched the Animu back in the day. This is that x100. I would recommend watching that first, getting a little taste of Higurashi. This chapter, sub-divided into 12 chapters, is at least 8 hours long. Just a warning, as the show is condensed, this VN can seem to drag on a bit. The horror, if you are good at visualizing, is so much better in the VN, but it takes longer to happen. Don't give up on this half way through, you will reget it, because the last few chapters are fantastic. A slow burn.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
As a preface, I bought this game on a whim under the recommendation of a friend who watched the anime. I’ve read a handful of visual novels before, so I figured this antiquated sound novel that stemmed a bit of mild interest upon initial inspection wouldn’t be too bad of a read for its low price. Little did I know of the compelling story that awaited me.

Higurashi When They Cry is a story about 16-year old Keichi Maebara who moves from the busy city to the isolated village of Hinamizawa. He quickly adjusts to the slower pace of life in Hinamizawa and makes new friends. The story begins slowly, with slife-of-life-esque moments and encounters between Keichi and his new friends in Hinamizawa. There are some funny moments, but others may find this part of the story boring and repetitive. However, as the story progresses and the exposition fades, Keichi slowly learns of the horrors surrounding the village of Hinamizawa. Murder. Brutality. Mystery. Insanity. Conspiracy. As one continues reading, they can only feel magnetized as the story draws them in closer and closer. Higurashi is a story of mystery, and it does it properly.

There’s more aspects of the novel I could write about. However, I feel it would be too long-winded and, many others have already written about those aspects in their reviews. But I must recommend Higurashi to anyone looking for a great mystery visual novel. If you haven’t watched the anime adaptation of Higurashi, I doubt the visual novel will have the same effect on you as it did with me. This visual novel is my first experience with the Higurashi series and, I am excitedly looking forward to reading the other continuations of the story and uncovering the truth behind the mystery. 9/10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Rena Ryuuguu is my waifu.
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323 of 348 people (93%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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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256 of 272 people (94%) found this review helpful
266 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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482 of 550 people (88%) found this review helpful
444 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
so good, it'll make your neck itch ..
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309 of 343 people (90%) found this review helpful
354 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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144 of 149 people (97%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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191 of 211 people (91%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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