Higurashi When They Cry
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni takes place during June 1983, at a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa, which has a population of approximately 2000. The main character, Keiichi Maebara, moves to Hinamizawa and befriends his new classmates Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika Furude, and Satoko Hojo. Keiichi joins their after-school club activities, which consist mostly of card and board games (and punishment games for the loser, usually him.) Hinamizawa appears to be a normal, peaceful, rural village to Keiichi. However, the tranquility abruptly ends after the annual Watanagashi Festival, a celebration to commemorate and give thanks to the local god, Oyashiro-sama. Keiichi learns that every year for the past four years, one person has been murdered and another has gone missing on the day of the Watanagashi Festival. Keiichi himself soon becomes drawn into the strange events surrounding the Watanagashi Festival and Oyashiro-sama. In each story arc, he or one of his friends become paranoid, and a crime is committed. Usually, the crime involves the murder of one of their own friends. While it seems impossible to tell their delusions apart from the mystery of Hinamizawa, slowly the truth is revealed.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (proper) is the first set of stories, including the 'Question' arcs.

VNDB score: 8.5/10

Horror, Mystery, Comedy, Slice of life

Available in English.
VN isn't free.
Desktop version available.
Handheld version available.
Mobile version available.

VNDB

Length: 30-50 hours

English: Yes

Sequel: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

Platforms:

  • PC (Windows)
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Nintendo DS/3DS
  • Sony PSP/Vita

Content warnings:

  • Child abuse
  • Abusive content

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User Reviews
Higurashi is an extraordinary Visual Novel that is a shining example of how to create a compelling work. To make something that will blow people away you need more than just an interesting premise: you need to understand the medium in which you are telling the story and you need the right atmosphere to make this all compelling. Higurashi is a work that manages to check all these boxes in a way that was truly revolutionary for its time and still extremely compelling today.

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FuwaReviews - 28 June 2018
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