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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 (15)
Oct 16 @ 12:40pm
Updated Sprites Announced
Oct 24 @ 2:03pm
Original music?
Oct 9 @ 3:12pm
Release date?
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MindVega Oct 29 @ 3:11am 
This game is taking forever to release.
Chaos_Alfa Oct 28 @ 3:02pm 
It seems they are currently busy with inserting the script. After that only beta testing is left. I don't think we will have to wait much longer.
Bargon404 Oct 28 @ 2:26am 
First chapter fucking when? I have got money to spend
Grigori Yefimovich Novykh Oct 25 @ 11:32pm 
This will be godly
glasscannon Oct 21 @ 5:03pm 
Can't wait for this!
Apple Oct 19 @ 4:47pm 
@Irina Shido
Poorly made, HAHAHAHAHA! Even if they werent updating the sprites the originals are great but guess what they are updating them.
Go watch crappy High School DxD
Chaos_Alfa Oct 19 @ 9:20am 
Irina Shido@
If you don't like the original art you could just use the other sprite set which this version of the visual novel offers.

For more information check the "Updated Sprites Announced" thread.
Irina Shido Oct 19 @ 12:54am 
+ scene fan arts 100% better than this
Irina Shido Oct 19 @ 12:54am 
Yous would pay for such a poorly made game look at how terrible the characters look
Chaos_Alfa Oct 14 @ 2:54am 
No release date has been announced, but they seem to be aiming to release the Onikakushi arc this year.