List of Umineko When They Cry titles

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The Umineko When They Cry logo, as seen on the series' game covers.

The Umineko When They Cry visual novel series is produced by the Japanese dōjin soft maker 07th Expansion, and are playable on Microsoft Windows PCs.[1] The games take place on the fictional Japanese island Rokkenjima. The head of a wealthy family named Kinzo Ushiromiya, who lives on and owns Rokkenjima, is near death, and eight of his family members arrive on the island to discuss how Kinzo's assets will be divided once he is dead. Also on the island are three family members who live there, five of Kinzo's servants, and his personal physician at the beginning of the story. After the eight family members arrive, a typhoon traps them on the island and shortly after people start to get mysteriously murdered.

Umineko When They Cry is a series of murder mystery visual novels that requires relatively little player interaction as most of the gameplay is composed of reading text which signifies either dialogue between characters or the inner thoughts of the protagonist who the player assumes. The games use intermissions where the player can obtain several tips which allow the player to read various supplementary information that may or may not be useful in solving the mystery. The series debuted in Japan in August 2007 with Legend of the Golden Witch, the first in the series of eight games, ending with Twilight of the Golden Witch in December 2010. The first four games share the title Umineko no Naku Koro ni, but the fifth through eighth games have the common title Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru. An additional fandisc titled Umineko no Naku Koro ni Tsubasa was released in December 2010, and a second fandisc titled Umineko no Naku Koro ni Hane was released in December 2011, and was the final visual novel game in the series produced by 07th Expansion. 07th Expansion released a dōjin fighting game titled Ougon Musou Kyoku in December 2010 and an expansion of it titled Ōgon Musōkyoku Cross in December 2011. Alchemist released PlayStation 3 ports of the eight main games, PlayStation Portable ports of the first four games, and a Xbox 360 port of Ougon Musou Kyoku in 2010 and 2011.

Main series[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[2]
  • JP: August 17, 2007
  • WW: July 8, 2016
Release years by system:
2007—Microsoft Windows PC[2]
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 31, 2007
  • WW: July 8, 2016
Release years by system:
2007—Microsoft Windows PC
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JP: August 16, 2008
  • WW: July 8, 2016
Release years by system:
2008—Microsoft Windows PC
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 29, 2008
  • WW: July 8, 2016
Release years by system:
2008—Microsoft Windows PC
Notes:


Chiru[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP: August 15, 2009
Release years by system:
2009—Microsoft Windows PC
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 30, 2009
Release years by system:
2009—Microsoft Windows PC
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JP: August 14, 2010
Release years by system:
2010—Microsoft Windows PC
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 31, 2010
Release years by system:
2010—Microsoft Windows PC
Notes:


Others[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 31, 2010
Release years by system:
2010—Microsoft Windows PC
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 31, 2011
Release years by system:
2011—Microsoft Windows PC
Notes:


Other games[edit]

Rondo and Nocturne[edit]

Title Details
Umineko no Naku Koro ni: Majo to Suiri no Rondo

Original release date(s):[3]
  • JP: December 16, 2010
Release years by system:
2010—PlayStation 3
Notes:
  • Published and developed by Alchemist
  • Contains Episode 1 through Episode 4


Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru: Shinjitsu to Gensō no Nocturne

Original release date(s):[4]
  • JP: December 15, 2011
Release years by system:
2011—PlayStation 3
Notes:
  • Published and developed by Alchemist
  • Contains Episode 5 through Episode 8


Portable[edit]

Title Details
Umineko no Naku Koro ni: Portable 1

Original release date(s):[5]
  • JP: October 20, 2011
Release years by system:
2011—PlayStation Portable
Notes:
  • Published and developed by Alchemist
  • Contains Episode 1 and Episode 2


Umineko no Naku Koro ni: Portable 2

Original release date(s):[5]
  • JP: November 17, 2011
Release years by system:
2011—PlayStation Portable
Notes:
  • Published and developed by Alchemist
  • Contains Episode 3 and Episode 4


Ōgon Musōkyoku[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[6]
  • JP: December 31, 2010
Release years by system:
2010—Microsoft Windows PC
Notes:



Original release date(s):[7]
  • JP: October 6, 2011
Release years by system:
2011—Xbox 360
Notes:



Original release date(s):[8][9]
  • JP: December 31, 2011
Release years by system:
2011—Microsoft Windows PC
Notes:


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Umineko When They Cry title listing" (in Japanese). 07th Expansion. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Three More Days to Sale! Ryukishi07's Latest Work Serial Murder Illusion Umineko no Naku Koro ni" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  3. ^ "商品概要 | PS3「うみねこのなく頃に ~魔女と推理の輪舞曲~」公式サイト" [Product Summary | PS3 Umineko no Naku Koro ni: Majo to Suiri no Rondo Official Site] (in Japanese). Alchemist. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "PS3「うみねこのなく頃に~真実と幻想の夜想曲~」公式サイト" [PS3 Umineko no Naku Koro ni: Shinjitsu to Gensō no Nocturne Official Site] (in Japanese). Alchemist. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "PSP「うみねこのなく頃に Portable」公式サイト" [PSP Umineko no Naku Koro ni: Portable Official Site] (in Japanese). Alchemist. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ "黄金夢想曲/07th Expansion" [Dance of Golden Dreams/07th Expansion] (in Japanese). 07th Expansion. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ うみねこのなく頃に「黄金夢想曲」 (in Japanese). Alchemist. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Umineko no Naku Koro ni's Fighting Game Gets Sequel". Anime News Network. March 6, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "黄金夢想曲†CROSS" (in Japanese). 07th Expansion. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 

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