Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri (ひぐらしのなく頃に祭, lit. When the Cicadas Cry Festival) is a consumer version of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni on PlayStation 2 by Alchemist, released on February 22, 2007. It features voice acting, new character art by rato, and new backgrounds by Media.Vision. Matsuri includes the first seven arcs of the main series and 3 new arcs including an alternative ending to the main story, Miotsukushi-hen.
An updated version named Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri: Kakera Asobi (ひぐらしのなく頃に祭 カケラ遊び, lit. When the Cicadas Cry Festival: Piece Play) was released on December 20, 2007 as both a standalone full version and as an append version for the original Matsuri. Kakera Asobi includes some content from Matsuribayashi, an improved flowchart and full voice acting for scenes that were previously unvoiced.
- Chapter 1: Taraimawashi-hen (new)
- Chapter 2: Onikakushi-hen
- Chapter 3: Watanagashi-hen
- Chapter 4: Tatarigoroshi-hen
- Chapter 0: Himatsubushi-hen
- Chapter 5: Meakashi-hen
- Chapter 6: Tsukiotoshi-hen (new)
- Chapter 7: Tsumihoroboshi-hen
- Chapter 8: Minagoroshi-hen
- Final Chapter: Miotsukushi-hen (new)
Chapter 1: Taraimawashi-hen
Taraimawashi-hen is an alternate arc meant to represent a "bad ending".
Chapter 6: Tsukiotoshi-hen
Final Chapter: Miotsukushi-hen
Miotsukushi-hen serves as an alternate conclusion to the series, as Matsuribayashi is not included.
Matsuri uses a route and flowchart system, where different choices determine what arc or ending the player ends up on. Before starting a game, players can choose different protagonists, which lets them read the arcs taking place from their perspective. Keiichi is the only protagonist the player can choose at the start, with more protagonists unlocked as different arcs are cleared.
Keiichi's route is a common route that can lead into Onikakushi, Watanagashi, Tatarigoroshi, Taraimawashi, Tsukiotoshi, or Tsumihoroboshi depending on the choices. However, the player can only enter Onikakushi or Taraimawashi at the start. The choice that leads to Watanagashi requires completing another arc at least once to be unlocked. Clearing Onikakushi will unlock the choice required to enter Tatarigoroshi while completing Taraimawashi will unlock Akasaka as a protagonist, allowing the player to enter Himatsubushi.
Clearing Watanagashi will unlock Shion as a protagonist, allowing the player to enter Meakashi. Clearing both this arc and Onikakushi will unlock the choice that leads to Tsukiotoshi-hen, an arc derived from the route of Tatarigoroshi. Clearing Tsukiotoshi in turn will unlock the choice required to enter Tsumihoroboshi.
After clearing Tsumihoroboshi, Rika will be unlocked as a protagonist, allowing access to Minagoroshi. Clearing this arc will unlock Keiichi and Rika together on the protagonist selection screen, leading into the final arc Miotsukushi.
CGs and Videos
See the following pages for the CGs added for their respective arcs.
According to Famitsu Game Hakusho 2008, the base game sold 112,859 units while Kakera Asobi sold 51,666.
- Media.Vision's CG production result website: https://ssl.media-vision.co.jp/works/543