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2. Mod Options

Alternate mod recommendation

While the 07th-Mod team attempts to provide the best Umineko experience possible, the engine that Mangagamer used prevents implementation of PS3 features such as lip sync, sprite/background/rain animations, song subtitles, line jump within the backlog, and several others. As these features would require difficult engine-level modifications, we do not plan to implement them.

Another team, Umineko Project, has created a complete port of the PS3 game to PC. Unless you are looking for some specific feature that exists in our mod but not in theirs (such as NVL mode support or alternate spritesets), we highly recommend you check out their version of the game instead.

2021-01-01: The Witch Hunt/Mangagamer translation (we use this in our mod) has been added as an unofficial add-on to Umineko Project as discussed in this blog post, so you can use whichever translation you prefer with Umineko Project. You will need to install the "Witch Hunt language pack" from the Umineko Project downloads page.

Note that we cannot provide any support for Umineko Project, as our team did not develop that version and does not maintain it.

This page describes each mod option, so you can decide which mod to install.

Please do not expect the same mod features as the Higurashi mod, as Umineko runs on an entirely different engine to Higurashi. Please see the "Higurashi Mod Feature Comparison".


What is ADV Mode?

Some install options below refer to ADV mode. The normal mode for the Umineko games is 'NVL' (Novel mode), where the text occupies the entire screen. 'ADV' mode (Adventure Mode) is where the text only occupies the bottom of the screen.

NVL/Normal Mode ADV Mode
ADV mode can only be toggled in-game for the Question Arcs. For the Answer Arcs, ADV is an install option.
Alchemist/PS3 sprites Mangagamer/Pachinko sprites Ryukishi sprites
You can only have one type of sprite installed at a time (you cannot toggle sprites).

A more detailed sprite comparison, with more characters, may be found here.

News: Windows-only installer end-of-life announcement

As of May 2019, we dropped support for the old Windows-only installer. The new installer has much better compatibility, works on Windows, Linux and Mac, and has an entirely new UI.

Mod Options for Question Arcs Ch. 1~4

There are two main install options for the question arcs - the full patch, and the voice only patch. We highly recommend using the installer, as installing manually is very error-prone.

Question Arcs - Full patch (~5GB Download, ~20GB free space required)

  • Has ADV mode which can be toggled on or off at any time.
  • Playing with Japanese Text is supported
  • Adds PS3 voices, sprites, CGs (event images), backgrounds, to the base game. DOES NOT add shader effects or lipsync.
  • Install Methods: Cross Platform Installer || Install Manually
  • Optional packs if you want Pachinko or Ryukishi sprites - See below.

Question Arcs - Voice only (~1.9GB Download, ~5GB free space required)

CG Options

  • Make Jessica British
    • In one scene, the PS3 game replaces a CG of a Touhou character with another CG for copyright reasons. This option allows you to use the PS3 CG.

BGM Options

  • Use SuiSui-SWEETS(^-^) BGM
    • In one scene, the PS3 game replaces the Touhou song "Tsurupettan" with another song for copyright reasons. This option allows you to use the PS3 song.
  • Restore system0 BGM
    • The unmodded game's "system0" BGM is missing a sample from Star Trek: Nemesis (removed for copyright reasons) - this option restores the missing sample.

Mod Options for Answer Arcs Ch. 5~8

There are two main install options for the question arcs - the full patch, and the voice only patch. There is also an addon to the full patch, which adds ADV mode.

Answer Arcs - Full Patch (~8GB Download, ~30GB free space required)

  • Playing with Japanese Text is supported
  • No ADV mode built in, unlike the Question Arcs! You must install "ADV Mode" for ADV mode.
  • Adds PS3 voices, sprites, CGs (event images), backgrounds, to the base game. DOES NOT add shader effects or lipsync.
  • Install Methods: Cross Platform Installer || Install Manually
  • Optional packs if you want Pachinko or Ryukishi sprites - See below.

Answer Arcs - ADV Mode (~8GB Download, ~30GB free space required)

  • This is an add on to the full patch which adds ADV mode (but in the installer, you just select "ADV Mode")
  • No option to toggle ADV mode, unlike the Question Arcs! If you want NOVEL mode, you must install the "Full Patch" option.
  • Playing with Japanese Text is NOT supported
  • Install Methods: Cross Platform Installer || Install Manually
  • Optional packs if you want Pachinko or Ryukishi sprites - See below.

Answer Arcs - Voice only (~1.5GB Download, ~5GB free space required)

BGM Options

  • Restore and Repair BGM
    • The unmodded game's "system0" BGM is missing a sample from Star Trek: Nemesis (removed for copyright reasons) - this option restores the missing sample.
    • The unmodded game's "kuina.ogg" was slightly corrupted at the 53 second mark - this option repairs the corruption.

Pachinko or Old Ryukishi Sprites

We have recently added options in the installer and manual download packs for the Pachinko and Ryukishi sprites. Note that you can only have ONE pack installed at a time - you CANNOT toggle PS3/Pachinko/Ryukishi while the game is running. Installing these packs will do the following:

  • Overwrite most* of the PS3 sprites, causing Pachinko/Ryukishi sprites to be shown
  • PS3 CGs and special effects will still be shown unchanged
  • The PS3 backgrounds will also remain the same

* The Pachinko sprites are missing a few characters who don't appear very often. The missing characters are substituted with PS3 sprites.

You must still install the base "PS3" graphics pack for each game, even if you only want Pachinko or Ryukishi sprites - these sprite packs do not replace the main graphics pack.