gamers (100%) found this review helpful
From the same people who brought you Killer 7 and No More Heroes, this game is very similar in style and humor, but not in game play. Flower, Sun, and Rain can be best described as a 'point & click' adventure, with puzzles that must be solved to advance.
When I say this game isn't for everyone, I mean that this is a very hard game to play, as in the game almost wants you to stop playing it, as in most of the puzzles involve reading comprehension, repetition and basic math skills. IGN even said that you have to be masochistic to play this game, and I actually have to agree, but if you go into this game expecting to be challenged mentally then within lies one of the most interesting games I have ever played. The story is funny and confounding, and it was hard to put this game down.
You should also know this game is a port from what I believe was the original PSX release, but with touch screen add-on and an updated HUB and save features, so the graphics are dated, but done in a stylized way, so they are still interesting to look at.
Basically what I'm telling you is that if you love Japanese story telling and want to be challenged mentally (and almost physically) than definitely rent this game, you won't regret it.
posted by SilverLion (PITTSBURGH, PA) Jun 30, 2009
Member since Aug 2005
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
Let me state something now. If you aren't familiar with Suda51's other works (Killer7 and No More Heroes), or didn't like them, You probably will be turned off from the game at first. Give it time, it grows on you. Also, yes, this is a puzzle game. You need to think.
Gameplay is incredibly linear. You move from point A to point B, and solve a puzzle, done by entering numbers into a system in the game. The answers are found usually by reading an in-game guidebook you have access to anytime. The answer's aren't always obvious though. You are going to need a brain to figure out some of them. Or Google. There is no other variety in the gameplay.
I feel that the story and writing makes up for it though, if you're a fan of quirky mysteries, or Suda games, then you'll likely be enthralled enough to keep going. It's without a doubt the game's highest point.
Graphically, yes, the game is not very strong. The characters are all fairly blocky and polygonal, and move as you'd expect. The art direction, as much as you can put forward on a DS game though, is stylized and very Suda-like, and enjoyable enough. I honestly didn't mind it at all. But if you're the kind to get in a fit over graphics, avoid this. The music and audio quality is generally average to good. The voices are distorted ala Killer7, which people who haven't played that probably aren't going to like, but you can read just fine.
Replayability is Nil, other than to solve a few puzzles, and unlock costumes.
Reviewer Commentary: The one complaining about getting stuck at the beginning does make a point. The game tells you to turn to the game's manual, but we don't have that. But if you're on here, you have google, come on. The answer by the way, is YOUR birthday, that you put into the DS system.
As for the one complaining about getting puzzled... It's a puzzle game. What did you expect? It's not even that difficult. The game gives you the answers in the guidebook, you just have to find them
gamers (30%) found this review helpful
this game would be fiting for atari.
you arrive at your location and get out of your car and then are left to aimlessly wonder around a parking lot. Once you find the guy at the big rig he ask you to enter a date. There is nothing that tell you what the date is or what your supposed to be doing. The game leaves you with trying random numbers based on random guessing. I would avoid this game. I have already put it backj in the mail and sending it back and I just got it.