| Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri|
|Original Release Date||February 22, 2007|
|Append Release Date||December 20, 2007|
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri (ひぐらしのなく頃に祭, When the Cicadas Cry Festival) is the PS2 port of the original Higurashi no Naku Koro ni PC sound novels. The game features new sprites, backgrounds, CG, music and full voice acting.
An opening movie is included in the game, set to the song Nageki no Mori, by Ayane. The ending song is Escape, by Itou Kanako.
The ending arc, Miotsukushi-hen, also has its own opening, this time to Complex Image (also by Ayane). The ending theme for Miotsukushi-hen is Friend (also by Itou Kanako).
The port also features an ADV-style presentation, showing one line of text at a time in a small box in the lower section of the screen. The original games used NVL-style, where the text box took up the entire game window and displayed multiple lines.
While Matsuri carries seven of the eight original arcs (Matsuribayashi-hen was left out), three new arcs are included—the Question Arc Taraimawashi-hen, the bad-end Answer Arc Tsukiotoshi-hen, and Miotsukushi-hen, which provides an alternate ending to the one offered by Matsuribayashi-hen.
An append to Matsuri, called Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri: Kakera Asobi (ひぐらしのなく頃に祭カケラ遊び, When the Cicadas Cry Festival: Playing with Pieces), was released after the great success of the first game. This append version includes a new texbox, new menus and a better scenario chart, but it doesn't add Matsuribayashi-hen.
A Pachi-slot Simulator called Pachi-Slot Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri (パチスロ ひぐらしのなく頃に) was released on April 22, 2010 for the PS2 as well. It had the same story-line of Matsuri, but with the Pachi-slot's (Slot Machine) game style, more CG's and had animated scenes.
|Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri|
|Taraimawashi-hen | Tsukiotoshi-hen | Miotsukushi-hen|