Umineko: When They Cry

released on Aug 17, 2007

Umineko: When They Cry is a Japanese murder mystery visual novel. The story focuses on a group of eighteen people on a secluded island for a period of two days, and the mysterious murders that befall most of the people. The goal of the game is to discern whether the murderer is human or of some other supernatural source. The original releases contain no voice acting for the characters. While during gameplay, the Tips Mode can be viewed via the game's internal menu, which also includes save and load functions. These tips allow the player to read various supplementary information on the characters and story that may or may not be useful in solving the mystery. The ultimate goals of the gameplay involve reaching the truth behind the multi-cased mystery, determining where the gold is hidden, figuring out a solution in which ultimately everyone survives, and to solve the whole case by determining who the true murderer is in each chapter and whether it is due to supernatural events or human actions.

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that was the highest point in the whole history can a story reach it

As subtle as a brick through a window and very repetitive. Makes for up for it with a mostly strong cast, fun spins on the mystery genre, fitting ost and heartfelt messages

Reading Umineko has done more to expand my mind than 16 years of school ever did.

Umineko: When They Cry is a love letter to the mystery fiction genre with a ridiculous amount of ambition behind it. The way it sets up its central mystery makes for some of the most entertaining twists and tricks mystery stories have to offer, but this all gets put in a new light when the story gets meta, fully deconstructing and examining the tropes it uses. Its themes don't just stop at metafiction, though. Umineko also explores topics such as child abuse, the nature of love, the subjectivity of truth, and even discusses systemic misogyny with astounding respect and sensitivity for a 2007 video game. Umineko has changed my life in a way I'll never forget, and it truly deserves to be called the best fiction of all time.