Based on a popular doujin (fan created) sound novel game. The "game" features no real interaction and the player reads through a good amount of text. There were 8 chapters to the story, each released at the Winter and Summer Comic Markets. The games were divided into two series; Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, and Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai. The former contained the first four chapters (labeled question chapters) and the latter contained the last four chapter (answer chapters). As each new game was released into the series, the former chapters were included. Buyers can now purchase the entire series on two different discs, one for the question chapters and one for the answer chapters.
The name Rumiko Chie, when pronounced family name first in Japanese as Chie Rumiko, the first three syllables sound very similar to Ciel (pronounced in Japanese as Shi-e-ru), a character in Tsukihime (2000) Furthermore, both of them were created in doujin games, have short blue-grey hair, are zealous curry lovers, and voiced by Fumiko Orikasa.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
The complete English box set for Higurashi no naku koro ni (2006) was released in the US on August 25, 2009, the same day as the NA release of Dissidia: Final Fantasy (2008). Both deal with a group of characters stuck in a time loop, which the main characters--Keiichi Maebara and Warrior Of Light (both played by Grant George)--promises to break. Interestingly, the cast of characters for both Higurashi no naku koro ni (2006) and Dissidia: Final Fantasy (2008) also includes a time witch, a horned demon/god, a trap master, and a green-haired girl who sometimes goes a little crazy.