UPDATED Dec 23 2011
I am still waiting on feedback of the recently uploaded game as I work on finishing it.
Video links were dead, so providing one of few last videos remaining, I will try to upload new ones.LINKHigurashi no Naku Koro ni RPG GamesWhen They Cry: Rika's Story
I am at the end of the first When They Cry game that I have planned. I am looking for editors/fans to help me polish the game for the soon finished product, maybe do a new battle system over the one I choose to use. I need playtesters and feedback as well, of course. I am interested in tracking down any spelling and grammatical errors so I can fix them. So if you do play it please PM anything I might have missed this time around. A lot of people are downloading but not leaving any feedback If you having problems downloading please contact me so can find way to get you the game.
Story & World Overview
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When the Cicadas Cry) also known as When They Cry, takes place mostly during June 1983, at a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa. The character Keiichi Maebara, moves to Hinamizawa and befriends his new classmates Rena Ryuugu, 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. 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. In most story arcs, 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.
At start of the game you begin with Akasaka on a undercover mission to rescue a kidnapped victim. On his journey he meets Rika, who seems to know what the future will hold. Rika is trying to find a way to break her fate by visiting the parallel versions of Hinamizawa, each will end with her death. In this game she mostly stands back and watch the events unfold since she lost hope of ever changing things. By playing through the chapters, she will learn that she has to keep fighting her fate.Himatsubushi-hen
(Time Killing Chapter)
Akasaka Mamoru , a young police investigator from Tokyo who comes to Hinamizawa in order to investigate a kidnapping of a politician's grandchild. Soon, he too becomes implicated in the mysteries of Hinamizawa.Nekogoroshi-hen
( Cat-Killing Chapter)
After losing a bet, Keichi, Mion, Rena, Satoko and Rika parade around the town in costume. When they come to fork in the road they decide to go to Yagouchi a nearby village which was abandoned. Once there Keichi learns the mystery of strange haunted quarry there from Mion and Rika as they debate whether or not to check it out. Hinageshi-hen
(Poppy Flower Chapter)
All is not right in Hinamizawa when Mion returns from prep school finding her friends are acting weird to her. It is then that she discovers that this Watanagashi Festival will be her last.Aoginozomi-hen
After the Watanagashi Festival, Oishi becomes suspicious that Natsumi was involved in the recent murders. Can she clear her and her's friends names or will she become the next victim of the curse?Tsumihoroboshi-hen
(Atonement Chapter) [2 Parts]
Rena discovers the true nature of her father's girlfriend Rina and forms a deep hatred for her. And while studying Takano's scrapbooks, Rena starts to unveil the the truth behind Oyashiro-sama and Hinamizawa's dark past. To save everyone she has to take desperate measures.Yakusamashi-hen
(Disaster Awakening Chapter) (2 Endings)
Satoko notices Rika's odd behavior and hears her speaking of her inevitable murder; Rika denies Satoko's questions about it.Hirukowashi-hen
(Daybreak Chapter) (3 Parts)
One day, Rena accidentally swallows something in her mouth during her usual treasure hunting. According to Rika, the seal of the sacred "Fuwarazu Magatama" pairs were broken and Rena must have accidentally swallowed one of them. The magatama holds mysterious magical powers in which a person that has the red magatama will blindly fall in love with anyone with the white magatama.Minagoroshi-hen
After completing certian tasks in the other chapters, this chapter opens up. It is told from the perspective of Rika Furude. Most notably, the true identity of the murderer is finally revealed in Minagoroshi-hen. After Minagoroshi-hen, one more effort is needed to seal the story into a jolly ending.CharactersKeiichi Maebara
Keiichi Maebara, a young boy who has recently moved to Hinamizawa with his family, and begun to adapt to life in the countryside. Keiichi has a natural charisma which allows him to make friends easily. Since Hinamizawa is a small town of about two thousand people, with only a single school, there are not many children around his own age; he easily meets the others his age and becomes friends with them.
Weapon: Baseball bat
Abilities: SkillsRena Ryuugu
One of these good friends is a girl named Rena Ryuugu. She, like him, is new in Hinamizawa, having only returned from Ibaraki a year before. She has an obsession with things she considers to be cute generally, others do not agree and she will often scavenge for such things at the local dump and bring them back home. Before she met Keiichi, Rena became friends with a girl one year older named Mion Sonozaki.
Weapon: Bill Hook Cleaver
Abilities: Becomes Powerful when in "Cute Mode"Mion Sonozaki
Mion Sonozaki acts as the leader of the group and is the president of their club. Mion has a tomboyish personality, a facade for a girlish side she keeps hidden from the others. Mion has a twin sister, Shion, who lives in the nearby town of Okinomiya. Although their personalities are quite different, she and Mion have switched places in the past, and the change is nearly indistinguishable.
Weapon: Dual-Water Pistols
Abilities: Sonozaki Arsenal of weapons and defenseSatoko Hojo
A clever girl who is quite skilled at setting traps when playing games with her friends. She usually has an energetic and mischievous personality, but this hides a past full of trauma. Satoko also had an older brother named Satoshi.
Weapon: Skipping Rope Whip
Special: Gives friends ability to lure enemies into traps when in party.Rika Furude
She is revered by the villagers as the heir of the local shrine and plays the role of a shrine maiden in the annual Watanagashi Festival. Despite her young age, she sometimes expresses a type of wisdom which would normally be beyond her years, and is quite fond of sake. Rika is also the girl who becomes the central figure, so that Hinamizawa can avoid a tragic end. Helping her is Hanyu though only Rika could see her.
Abilities: Control Time Mamoru Akasaka
He is a young police investigator of the National Security Forces. He befriended Rika while investigating a case in Hinamizawa four years ago, where he learns of a prophecy. He is likely Rika's best chance to break her fate.
Weapon: Martial Arts
Abilities: Martial ArtsNatsumi Kimiyoshi
Natsumi just arrived in Hinamizawa, she has to stay at a family friend's place till her mother got better after a nasty divorce. She has shrugged off the beliefs and culture of her ancestral home at Hinamizawa, as well as the warnings from her overly-superstitious grandmother. It does not take long till she is embroiled in Oyashiro's curse.
Weapon: Mother's Kitchen Knife
Mion has a twin sister, Shion, who lives in the nearby town of Okinomiya. Although their personalities are quite different, she and Mion have switched places in the past, and the change is nearly indistinguishable. Shion is able to use a wider range of weapons and skills.
Abilities: Sonozaki Arsenal of weapons and defense
Jirou Tomitake is a freelance photographer who occasionally visits Hinamizawa (Around three times every year). He gets along well with Miyo Takano, because of their similar interests in photography. Despite being only an occasional visitor, he seems to know a fair amount about Hinamizawa's past (Specifically the Hinamizawa murders).
Weapon: Martial Arts or Camera
Abilities: Powerful TransformationGame Features
This game is mostly visual novel-based, there are some rpg intermissions and are there to create extra depth and features for fans of the series. I am working with both the anime and manga, hand in hand, though I do have to leave some of the scenes out due to not meshing or too elaborate to redraw.
The game has a lot of hours of gameplay (about 7-8 so far), and covers character levels 1-11.
Currently the game contains eight story arcs. Beta ScreenshotsDownload
Game takes 15 mins to download(~200MB, very
visual heavy), self-contained. Megaupload LinkyControls
As for controls usually it is straight forward, directional buttons to move. Enter or Space to select. X or Esc for Menu/Cancel. F1 brings up help for controls, though keyboards uses a lot of keys that are not used in the game. For Returning Playtesters
Reminder: To install new updates it is better to pull out save file from the game and then delete the existing game. Then install new and throw the save file inside. Most of the time there should be no drastic change to effect where you last left off.Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Kakera
2nd Game game will be called Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Kakera, It is currently at standstill due to available content. I have a demo vid of a playthrough of one of the stories. I will be making a game based on the fanfiction. I am going to make a visual novel game but more true to the original visual novels of Higurashi.LINKSupport
This post has been edited by Daisu: Dec 23 2011, 04:16 PM