(Updated August 8 2009)
If you would like to play 'Higurashi no Naku Koro ni' in English, please note that our releases are just translation patches - you will need to get the original Japanese game first in order to use them!
(Alternatively, you can wait for MangaGamer to release their official localizations later this year.)
If you'd still like to try our patches, go to Getting the game to find out how to get either the Demo version of Higurashi ('Onikakushi Arc' only) or 'Himatsubushi', the version containing the first 4 arcs.
(Currently only the first arc, 'Onikakushi', has been fully translated - just so you know.)
new! English-Patched Higurashi Demo
07th Expansion has kindly given us permission to distribute the entire Higurashi Demo, so long as we provide user support, so - for those of you with Macs or Linux, or are otherwise having trouble running the demo installer - here's a zip-file version of the Higurashi Demo, "higurashi-demo-en.zip", already patched:
Higurashi Demo with English Patch (v1.12) Applied
Just unzip it somewhere convenient, then go to the "higurashi\English" folder and run "onscripter-en.exe" to play! Let us know if you have issues, of course.
English Translation Patches
If you have installed the Demo version of Higurashi, you can download our Demo English translation patch, "[Sonozaki Futago-tachi] Higurashi No NAku Koro ni DEMO (English patch).zip". Please use one of the following links:
Demo Patch (v1.12)
If you have installed the full (first 4 arc) game, 'Himatsubushi', you can download our patch with Watanagashi (Day 1) as well as the first arc, 'Onikakushi', translated into English: "[Sonozaki Futago-tachi] Higurashi - Watanagashi_Day1 (English patch).zip". Please use one of the following links:
Watanagashi Day 1 Patch (v1.1) for 'Himatsubushi'
How to Install a Patch
To install a translation patch, create a new folder (say "English") within the original Japanese game folder, unzip the contents of the patch into that new folder, then double-click "onscripter-en.exe" to play.
Of course, be sure to use only a DEMO patch with the demo game, and only a non-DEMO patch with the full game, or else the patch might not work as you expect!
(Actually, our current releases will warn you if you try to play the demo translation patch with the full game and vice-versa, just in case.)
For Mac OS X and Linux Users
(or anyone who wants the latest ONScripter)
Since I ("Uncle" Mion) have more or less taken over maintenance of ONScripter-EN, I've finally put together a new site and subversion repository.
So from now on, come to http://onscripter.denpa.mobi to get the latest ONScripter releases! After downloading a build, here's what you need to do:
Mac OS X
The download comes as a Mac disk image file, "onscripter-mac-20090915.dmg", which you will need to mount as a drive.
Once you have installed a Higurashi game and translation patch as directed above, simply drop the contained "onscripter-en.app" file into the translation patch directory and double-click to play.
Since there's so many different distributions of Linux, there's no official Linux build of ONScripter-EN. However, the new ONScripter site does have a build for Ubuntu Linux, which you are welcome to try (though we make no guarantees).
(Note that some distributions of Linux come with a build of the Japanese version of ONScripter, but this will not work with our Higurashi patches.)
If the Ubuntu build doesn't work, you can try doing your own build:
Building from source
Since ONScripter is under the GNU Public License, you can download the latest release as source code from the new site's Releases page, either as a zipped archive or from the subversion repository.
You can always find our latest translation patches and related downloads in our file-sharing folders below:
Please let us know if you have trouble with installing or using our patches!