Katawa Shoujo is a bishoujo-style visual novel set in the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled children, located somewhere in modern Japan. Hisao Nakai, a normal boy living a normal life, has his life turned upside down when a congenital heart defect forces him to move to a new school after a long hospitalization. Despite his difficulties, Hisao is able to find friends—and perhaps love, if he plays his cards right. There are five main paths corresponding to the 5 main female characters, each path following the storyline pertaining to that character. The story is told through the perspective of the main character, using a first person narrative. This game uses a traditional text and sprite-based visual novel model with an ADV text box. Katawa Shoujo is under development by an international team of amateur developers, and will be released free of charge under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License.

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11 comments by deltakurshiva on Jan 4th, 2012


After 5 years of development to the day, Katawa Shoujo is now complete.

Katawa Shoujo download links:
Torrent: Windows | Mac OS X | Linux: see below
DDL: Windows | Mac OS X | Linux x86
Do not download this content if you are not 18 years old or over.
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ATTENTION: The Linux version has a faulty and potentially dangerous launcher script. Until the full download can be replaced, please download Dl.katawa-shoujo.com and replace the one in the full download (Torrent here) with it.

The Internet, January 4th 2012 - Four Leaf Studios is proud to present the full release of Katawa Shoujo, free of charge. It's been five long years until this day, with a multinational group of twenty-one developers working on art, music, writing, programming, and direction, to say nothing of the innumerable contributors to the project both past and present, but it's finally here.

Katawa Shoujo is a visual novel set in the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled children, located in modern Japan. Hisao Nakai, a normal boy living a normal life, has his life turned upside down when a congenital heart defect forces him to move to a new school after a long hospitalization. Despite his difficulties, Hisao is able to find friends — and perhaps love, if he plays his cards right. There are five main paths corresponding to the 5 main female characters, each path following the storyline pertaining to that character. The story is told through the perspective of the main character, using a first person narrative. The game uses a traditional text and sprite-based visual novel model with an ADV text box.

The story of Katawa Shoujo is a long one, spanning over a decade. In December of the year 2000, the doujin Schuppen Harnische was released by the artist RAITA of circle Zettai Shoujo. One of the pages in the extras section of the doujin contained a sketch imagining a game about disabilities set in a Japanese high school. If not for later events, that may well have been the end of it. With the sticky in 4chan's anime board in January of 2007, though, interest was suddenly sparked in the idea within, and the idea of creating this game came about. After months of brainstorming, but little progress, a core development team by the name of Four Leaf Studios was formed in April of the same year. With this, Katawa Shoujo was set on the path to its final creation.

Four Leaf Studios is a volunteer group of twenty-one developers from around the world, having come together for the sole purpose of developing Katawa Shoujo. Hailing from many different countries, backgrounds, and professions, Four Leaf Studios became committed to working towards Katawa Shoujo as an entirely free game, with no money involved in the project.

With that, the story of Four Leaf Studios is finished. As a single entity, we will not be producing another game. But even though our story has ended, you will now be able to experience a new story; the story that Four Leaf Studios existed to create.

We hope you enjoy Katawa Shoujo.

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IndieIndeed
IndieIndeed Jan 25 2012, 10:03pm says:

~9 hours played

Indie Game of the Year (2012)

You have earned it.

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simo17
simo17 Jan 20 2012, 4:10pm says:

i need a non torrent download pls

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JoetheGrim
JoetheGrim Jan 12 2012, 7:38am says:

I just finished playing it, and I have to say, this is the most captivating experience I was a part of on my PC ever since Death Note. If you have any interest in a captivating story of a few hours with a lot of text and plenty of emotional moments, download this...

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ShrikeGFX
ShrikeGFX Jan 10 2012, 2:46pm says:

Great Artworks and salute to the amount of work on this

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hollowminds
hollowminds Jan 6 2012, 1:46pm says:

Only managed to check out the opening scene so far, the start of the story already has me thinking this could be a very impressive story, coming from someone with no prior use of visual novels. Just one question, how integral is the adult content to the story as the game gets further in, and how is it handled? I'm not really looking for a hentai game, which this game didn't really seem like it was going to be from the start, comments have me wondering though?

Anyway, I'll be sure to check it out soon, the writing was just really good to start with, and the credits seemed like a nice amount of work went into them, bravo.

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TheJP3372
TheJP3372 Jan 5 2012, 10:03pm replied:

I believe so, since most visual novels these days have a H-Scene in them. Especially ones where the main character is surrounded by girls. And yes, Hentai is watch the Japanese people are fapping to XD

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STOKK-E
STOKK-E Jan 6 2012, 9:04pm replied:

ok ty then i won't download i'm not into drawn tity's and if somone ever saw me play a game with H-Scene in it then i never can go outside again xD

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MasterionX
MasterionX Feb 2 2012, 2:48pm replied:

Just make sure no one is at home while you are playing ;)

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Gzack123
Gzack123 Jan 7 2012, 2:09am replied:

The game does have a 'Adult Content' On and Off button, I agree, I don't really want to see hentai.

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STOKK-E
STOKK-E Jan 8 2012, 12:50pm replied:

Then i will play it see if it's any fun and check if that off button works.

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Gameplay-wise, this is a pretty traditional Visual Novel (VN). While it has five main heroine routes, the history doesn't repeat too much, as the first act of the game conveniently changes with the choices you pick, and once you end on a girl's path, the game locks you on that path with a storyline set apart of the rest of the girls, except for a few shared events that are pretty welcome. The writing, the music, and the artwork of this game is exceptional for a free game, the only shortcut they…

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