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Compatible Headsets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, OSVR
Age Rating: 12+
Review System: HTC Vive
Price at Time Of Review: £11 ($13.50)
Comfort Rating: Green
Size: 700 MB
Internet Connection Required: No
Controller System: Gamepad
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Multi Player: No
Sayonara Umihara Kawase (Steam VR)
Intro: Umihara Kawase is the name of our backpacking, Japanese, sushi chef heroine armed with a fishing rod, elastic fishing line, and a fishing hook. Face fish-like enemies, conveyor belts, spikes, watery pits, time travel and more. Collect items, and find your way to the end of each level. The deeper into this dream-like world that you venture, the more challenging the solutions and the greater the time pressure becomes. Along the way, look out for shortcuts and secret exits, and unlock bonus levels.
The elasticity of Umihara’s fishing line sets the Umihara Kawase Trilogy apart from other games, giving unprecedented levels of mobility and discovery. Tightening the line or giving lots of slack can be the difference between success or failure. The elastic nature of the fishing line allows the player to stretch down to otherwise unreachable areas or be catapulted upwards.
Review: Sayonara Umihara Kawase (one game from the Umihara Kawase Trilogy) is a cutesy platform game based on the PlayStation Vita game that most people would have probably never heard of let alone played. The good news is that it really doesn’t matter if you have not heard of it. So is this Japanese indie platformer any good? Well, to be fair it certainly looks pretty good. Playing in VR it looks like a pretty good Diorama build with a well-animated character running around inside of it. Graphically wise this game is up there with some of the best VR platform games around.
You play as Umihara Kawase who seems to be a Japanese sushi chef who is also pretty mean with a fishing rod. She can not only catch fish with it but climb walls and swing across huge gaps. The idea of each level is to get from A-B with ‘B’ being a door (sometimes there is more than 1 exit). As you wonder around each dream-like scene you have enemies to deal with as well as trying to work out how you will get to the next platform above.
Verdict: I put my hand on my heart and tell you that Sayonara Umihara Kawase was a lot better than I thought it would be. The graphics are not bad at all, very cutesy in style if a little weird at times and the gameplay is quite fun (in the early stages anyway, it gets REALY hard later on). All in all, this is a surprisingly good platformer with a load of levels and replay value to get all the backpacks, that is provided you are willing to play some levels over and over again until you get it right. If you love your platform games you will find there is a lot to love here.