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Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas Review: Classic Trapped in the Sinking Ship

| By: Maifate

General Information:

  • System                                 Nintendo 3DS (Digital only)
  • Release Date                     March 3, 2016
  • Developer/Publisher    Circle Entertainment

First, two things that piqued my interest when I decided to pick this game are the unusual protagonist (she has 2 psychic powers) and the story about trapped in the sinking ship. In this game, you will have to point and click, using protagonist’s psychic powers to solve puzzles.

This game has the potential although it might not fit for everyone. But if you like Visual Novel genre and escape game, which is quite rare for Nintendo 3DS, you should give this game a go.

You can see the game intro below.

Story

After receiving a mysterious anonymous invitation, Hitomi Akaneno, a 16 years old high school student boards a luxury cruise ship The Idinaloq accompanied by her best friend, Chisono Shio. The moment she enters a suite room alone to meet the letter sender, the ship shook with a loud explosive sound and after that she finds herself stuck in the room, unable to get out. Is this an accident? Or something far more sinister? The only way to find out is to escape, with the help of her two psychic powers.

Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas Screenshot

Overall, my thought about this game is not bad but not that intense either. Good for a casual player. In addition to escape aspect, one thing that might draw players attention is a bit shoujo ai context in the game.

Score: 4

Gameplay

Like typical escape game, you have to explore what’s left, right, above, and under, tapping anything that catches your eye on the touchscreen. Or combine and using items to accomplish something.

The gameplay consists of using Clairvoyance (the picture with blue colour frame) to see what’s inside. Do that by tapping where you want to see.  And then using Telekinesis (the picture with pink colour frame) to move objects inside to unlock things.

Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas Clairvoyance

Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas Telekinesis

If you made a mistake, you can start it over.

Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas Start Over

If you ever feeling stuck or unsure about what should you do next, you can access the menu and click hint button to know what to do next. Making this game is simple to go through.

Along the way, you may found Ether from simply checking different objects, allowing you to increase your either Clairvoyance or Telekinesis level.

Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas Ether

Other than the puzzle, it’s just dialogues in a visual novel like appearance. The long talk without a chance to save the game can bore some players, as you’ll be stuck till the conversation is over. So make sure to save before you do something that will advance the story.

Score: 5

Characters

Hitomi Akaneno

A 16 years old high school student. She has inner conflict about helping people after her father, who was a member of the rescue team died because trying to help someone else. She looks like unsure at first, even didn’t really want to show off her physic power. But after meeting and talking with Merja and the others, she developed a strong resolve to save everyone just like classic type protagonist.

Chisono Shio

Hitomi’s childhood friend. Same age as Hitomi. She is also a psychic with the power of telepathy. She is intelligent and cautious, and throughout the game, she’s showing genuinely worried about Hitomi who often act on impulse which I find her cute.

Merja Amabishi

A 14 years old girl, the daughter of the CEO of the internationally renowned corporation Amabishi. Merja possesses computer skills comparable to a professional programmer. She looks calm and mature for her age. But in middle of the story, she’s having a breakdown.

Misaki Himekiri

A 23 years old woman. She is a musician who had been invited to perform on the Idinaloq, which is the name of the ship in this story. She lost the love of her life in a war. Although her character doesn’t feel giving a strong impression, she’s not out of character.

Score: 4

Graphic & Sound

Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas Graphic

Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas Graphic

This game has a nice graphic for 2016 standard. It has a soft BGM, the sound effect is just right. But unfortunately, it doesn’t have any voice actor.

Score: 4

Additional Replay

Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas Title

No additional replay. After you finished the game and see the credit, you will be brought to the title immediately.

Score: 1

Replay value

Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas Chapters

Low. With prologue and four chapters, play time is around 4-11 hours depending on how fast you read and solve things or if you’re a completionist. Player already uncovered what happened in just one playthrough and know where should they look. No new features to see if you’re replaying the game.

Score: 1

Summary

Pros

+ Interesting Gameplay & Storyline

+ Good Graphics

+ Simple Difficulty

+ Short Story to get by

+ A bit Shoujo Ai Context

Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas Shoujo Ai Context

Cons

– No Added Characters Voice

– Some Conversations in Game are Weak and Boring

– Dialogues cannot be Fast Forwarded

– Many Typos

– Not for Players Who like Challenging Game

Final Score: 3.8/5

Story: 4

Gameplay: 5

Characters: 4

Graphic & Sound: 4

Additional Appeal: 1

Replay Value: 1

Rating for this game from GameFAQs is 3.75/5. From Metacritic, it was divided into positive, mixed, and negatives. Meanwhile from many other sources, many had complained about how this game is badly written.

Conclusion

Overall, it’s good enough to keep you entertained. Solving the puzzles with main protagonist’s psychic power is fun. If you don’t mind with several obvious typos in the game (I think this game still need to be proofread). If you like Zero Escape series and need a fill-in game, I would recommend this game. Please note that it won’t be as intense as Zero Escape series, although it has similar features like trapped, danger, seek a way out thing and plot twists.

The game is suitable to be played for all age; no violence, no blood and gore, no sexual content and/or strong language.

Personally, game price on eShop $4.99 is worth it for the experience. But if you want it cheaper, this game price might drop 20% to $3.99 on sale.

Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas is already available for Nintendo 3DS

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