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Umineko When They Cry

うみねこのなく頃に

Developer / Publisher: 07th Expansion
17 August 2007
Umineko When They Cry [うみねこのなく頃に] - cover art
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#30 All-time
#2 for 2007
While arguing over an inheritance, the wealthy Ushiromiya family is trapped by a typhoon in their private island of Rokkenjima. The alchemy councilor of the family, Beatrice, then suddenly appears to challenge the family members to solve a riddle within two days or she will claim the inheritance and become the family successor.
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The head of the wealthy Ushiromiya family is gravely ill, and his relatives gather at their private island of Rokkenjima to split the inheritance. A sudden typhoon traps the island's inhabitants, and a mysterious woman named Beatrice threatens to reclaim the family's assets, promising to step down only if the family can solve a riddle that grants its solver the right to succeed the family head.
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The unbelievably compelling first half of the Umineko series. Forewarning for the interested: Be prepared for a lengthy read, at least 45 hours even for a speedy reader. Also, this is a doujin series, so despite the fact that it grapples with adult subjects like finance, inheritance, legacy, love, body image, and death, there's some otaku stuff in here.

The game features almost no interactivity, save for menus that allow you to confirm whether or not a character has died, as well as descriptions of those characters and other key information. You're essentially invited to either attempt to solve the mysteries using the clues the game gives you, or to simply enjoy the story as it happens, which is just as enjoyable considering how wonderfully written and detailed it is.

The game features a soundtrack arguably as jaw-dropping as its mysteries; if you didn't have an interest in trance music before playing this, you certainly will after it.
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This VN made me trans fuck you Ryukishi you little shit I’m going to come over and show you what a real witch can look like
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Great story, great writing and characters. Wonderful music, and mindblowing plot. Impossible not to recommend, but it's important to understand that there are no actual choices made by the player in this one. It's just a linear story - however, there are a lot of ways that the game uses its writing to make the player feel involved. Something like this really shows what the Visual Novel genre can do when in the right hands.
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WHATISLOSTINTHEMINES うみねこのなく頃に 2022-05-23T14:35:44Z
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Homuhomu うみねこのなく頃に 2022-05-22T21:08:01Z
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kskiousis うみねこのなく頃に 2022-05-15T00:43:51Z
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Shammi095 Umineko When They Cry: Question Arcs 2022-05-14T07:39:29Z
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shinokawa うみねこのなく頃に 2022-05-10T21:26:12Z
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korogami Umineko When They Cry: Question Arcs 2022-05-06T20:37:00Z
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Swordsquish うみねこのなく頃に 2022-05-03T01:10:05Z
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layer09sm うみねこのなく頃に 2022-05-02T09:07:12Z
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ryan_a うみねこのなく頃に 2022-04-29T22:22:12Z
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PraiseTheSun123 うみねこのなく頃に 2022-04-29T00:22:00Z
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Also known as
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni
  • Umineko When They Cry
  • When the Seagulls Cry
  • When They Cry 3
  • うみねこのなく頃に - エピソード1 - Legend of the Golden Witch
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 1 - Legend of the Golden Witch
  • うみねこのなく頃に - エピソード2 - Turn of the Golden Witch
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 2 - Turn of the Golden Witch
  • うみねこのなく頃に - エピソード3 - Banquet of the Golden Witch
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 3 - Banquet of the Golden Witch
  • うみねこのなく頃に - エピソード4 - Alliance of the Golden Witch
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 4 - Alliance of the Golden Witch
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  • jamboricks 2021-12-19 21:34:21.500442+00
    it's a game unless you ignore every invitation it invites you to interact with the mystery. shut up losers
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  • TheSaltman 2022-01-15 20:35:11.909442+00
    I don't deny that this is probably very well written but I'd hardly classify this as a game. Instead of saying "shut up losers", maybe having a better understanding of what constitutes interactivity would help.
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    • Tyraffe 2022-01-28 01:31:04.669437+00
      he's right though
    • jamboricks 2022-02-27 14:23:23.145041+00
      I have literally never said anything not right tbf. would you consider yrself a loser or not (non-maliciously intended question)
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  • jakothy 2022-02-20 07:41:13.526926+00
    black comedy tag needed tbh
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  • deadass 2022-03-16 02:25:50.205919+00
    good lord the rating for this dropped a whole 0.20 since the last update. just two half star ratings fucked the average up so bad
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  • breakdownbbe 2022-03-19 14:10:02.366884+00
    So so so many iconic characters and all star moments but imo the pacing is the real mvp, after some set up at the start of the first episode there is literally ALWAYS something compelling happening on screen. And the music and atmosphere ahhhhhhh I can't speak highly enough of this game
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  • Lilacs 2022-03-23 04:20:07.001113+00
    POV: You are furniture
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  • okayfrog 2022-05-15 03:49:05.87482+00
    lol ignoring the Orange Box collection, this is the top game of 2007, one of the best years of gaming

    Awesome. Really need to get around to playing this.
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