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Higurashi When They Cry
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Sep 4, 2012 @ 1:25am
Sep 18, 2013 @ 10:51am

* 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.

* 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.

An important point to note here is the absence of what is commonly called choices and forks. This means that you are freed from the tedious saving and loading, the searching for events and routes, and can instead enjoy the story from the beginning to the end.

Nevertheless, this is a game, not a novel.
As the player, you will be able to unravel the mystery surrounding the events in the game as the scenarios unfold.

You can ponder on the nature of the mystery by yourself when you're on the train, you can discuss it with your friends, you can search for clues on the Internet or you can even file complaints on the circle's website. The choice is yours.

This is Higurashi When They Cry, a serial murder themed sound novel that doesn't offer you any choices, but does offer you the opportunity to search for the truth yourself. Will you fear? Will you become engrossed? Will you face the challenge? Only you can decide how to enjoy the story.

*Demo of the entire 1st chapter currently available on

Developed by: 07th Expansion
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Popular Discussions View All (14)
2 hours ago
Original music?
Aug 30 @ 3:08pm
Updated Sprites Announced
Aug 27 @ 10:30am
Release date?
Kido No Tabi
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Chaos_Alfa Aug 29 @ 2:16am 
@K-Kun, where did you read that? I follow the Higurashi news intently, but haven't encounter anything like that yet.
CutToSleep Aug 28 @ 2:37pm 
[TEG] AnxiousAnteater:
Yeah, a translation of Rei would be awesome. Especially considering that what we've got now is just Saikoroshi (with a pretty ugly interface - still better than nothing, though).
K-Kun Aug 28 @ 11:56am 
I read they will release each chapter for under $10 over like 3-6 weeks ^_^
Kurunadi 強さ Aug 28 @ 12:33am 
I am very excited, because it's my favorite Anime
NAO Project! Aug 14 @ 8:02am 
[TEG] AnxiousAnteater Aug 6 @ 2:52pm 
I would have really loved it if they included every chapter into one big bundle package including Rei.
owl Aug 3 @ 7:52am 
Simnation Jul 30 @ 8:25am 
빨리 발매해주세요 현기증난단 말이에요
Chaos_Alfa Jul 28 @ 12:38pm 
The first arc should be released somewhere this year.
TheReaper0013 Jul 28 @ 12:12pm 
Release date ?