Surely you have all watched Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni but have YOU played the game? Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni (ひぐらしのなく頃に) is the first Higurashi is the first of the Higurashi series that came out. It is a dojin game by 7th Expansion that revolves around a regular high schooler named Maebara Keichi and the strange events that happen after he moves into a mysterious rural town in Japan called Hinamizawa. Throughout the game, someway somehow he.. gets involved several times with Oyashiro-sama’s curse (the local God) and unfortunate chain of events are triggered every time… read more
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The game is exceptionally rich on dialogues, astounding narrating, and overall better in depth character and story development. The first Arc of the game covers the infamous Onikakushi-hen or “Demoned away” from the anime. I’m happy to say that the game is very well done and it even goes further into the psychological part of Higurashi.
The game version features A LOT more interaction with the main characters. There are more hints, comments, and speculations about Hinamizawa and its residents. What I perceived is that there is a greater emphasis on Keichi’s inner thoughts, his psychological breakdown, paranoia and what ultimately leads up to it.
Yesh, we got TIPS! So what are these TIPS exactly, you good sir ask? TIPS are additional information that is given to the player after he/she completes a chapter. While some of them feature crucial information regarding the Hinamiza mystery/murders while others include extra information about certain characters, lastly other simply feature some random but interesting stuff.
I think it’s pretty cool that they added these extra information in the game. Of course, most this information is lost in the anime adaptation since it would be too hard to introduce all of these anyway. Sadly, you can neither access the TIPS screen in middle of the game nor from the title screen. You can only access TIPS once they are available after you complete a new chapter.
1983 Early Summer
“If I just destroyed it.. it’s best if it was all torn up I thought. That’s what I belived.. No what I stil believe. At this very moment I belive it but .. I hardly realize it becuase what which I want to belive is the one thing I can’t accept”
You won’t find this in the anime, folks
“Could it be .. what I really love.. … was you?”
This part is left out in the anime and it is mentioned only for a bit in the manga. At first I had no idea what this was about when I read the manga but now I can grasp the cruel irony of it.
“What could she have been apologizing for? I felt sick just hearing it, so I ended up tuning out. Somebody is stil apologizing. Who could she be apologizing to? Since this is all she’s doing, you really should forgive her. she couldn’t keep this up forever, could she?
The downside of the game is that It doesn’t have voice acting instead the game makes up for it by using great sound effects and background music that match perfectly with the game. There is only a linear path to follow thus there is only one ending you can get. So you can basically sit back and enjoy the ride this sweet ride