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Higurashi When They Cry Game Released by MangaGamers

Posted on: December 15, 2009

Yeah, it's not that cute. The Japanese were fine with it!

For those of you who are fans of the horror anime Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (AKA “When They Cry”), you’ll be glad to know that the original game is now available in English from MangaGamer. The game, created by famed doujinshi circle 07th Expansion, was released in 2002 to rave reviews. Fans of the taut thriller cited its writing and its compelling mysteries as the game sold over 100,000 copies as an independent release.

The problem with this release is that it’s the original game – the unvoiced version. It’s hard to recommend it, because the product is so raw. The art doesn’t really grab the eye, the lack of voice makes the whole experience very dry, and overall there are very few reasons to play it instead of watching the anime, unless you want to support the company and the original creators.

But hey, if you want to spend your money to download a novel with pictures, feel free – I wholly support the translation effort for such a high-quality series, even though the product itself is lacking.

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1 Response to "Higurashi When They Cry Game Released by MangaGamers"

Hello Dom,
The game is just being released in France under the title “Le Sanglot des Cigales” which is a literal translation of the japanese title.

Interview of the man (in French only, sorry), who did it all as an amateur (it’s his job to translate from Japanese to French, though) and bought the license from 07th Expansion :

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