Higurashi no Naku Koro ni started life as a doujin software, which eventually sprung a well of manga, anime, drama CDs and more games. Alchemist, known for publishing and distributing visual novel games in Japan, ported some of the games to the PS2. Later this year a number of them are being repackaged into a Nintendo DS game on June 24, which individually notable since the PS2 games were rated CERO D (M equivalent). It is unknown if the DS game will retain the CERO D label. If it does Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna make be one of the few CERO D rated games in Japan.
Back to the PSP, Higurashi Daybreak was released for PCs in 2006. The game uses settings from the series and throws cute versions of the characters into 3D, third person fighting game. Check out the clip below to see how it plays.
Alchemist is porting Higurashi Daybreak to PSPs sometime this year and the screenshots on Famitsu make the PSP version appear more polished. However, this isn’t a good comparison. Grainy YouTube quality video versus crisp stills is pretty unfair. This write-up has better images form the PC version and an explanation of the controls.
Images courtesy of Alchemist.