- System : Nintendo 3DS (Digital download-only)
- Release Date : Mar 03, 2016
- Developer/Publisher : Intense, Flyhigh Works/ CIRCLE Ent.
- Main Series : Parascientific Escape
A combination of Story Adventure Game and Escape game from Developer Intense called Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas for Nintendo 3DS. In this game you played as Himeko Akeneno to escape from sinking ship.
You can watch the trailer below
Hitomi Akeneno is a 16 year old high school student with a little secret. She has not one, but two psychic powers. After receiving an invitation, she boards a luxury cruise ship with her friend, Chisono Shio. As soon as she enters a suite room, a loud explosion sound and she finds herself stuck, 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 powers.
For escape game, the story was very light. Maybe because the protagonist was so cheerful and the other characters were so calm with danger situation, the flow of story never got intense. Even when mystery got solved in the end, I never surprised by it because the story was very predictable. Mostly the topic about this story was about friendship and trust with extra bit of the psychic power. At least the story was complete with most mystery revealed in the end.
A high school student in the outside. But unknown to people she has rare abilities, Telekinesis and Clairvoyance. She always avoid to use her power but when she invited to luxury cruise ship, she must use her abilities to save Merja.
Himeko’s classmate also a childhood friend of her. Like Himeko Chisono also has psychic power, Telepathy. She could pass her thought through Himeko and communicated with her in their mind.
A sole heiress of Amebishi group, a famous huge company. Merja is beautiful and calm girl with psychic power to see images in some object. Even when her life is in danger, she always being collected.
A famous Songtress that have great talent at singing and playing piano. She invited to the cruise ship to perform in banquet party. But where the incident happened and she saw Merja in the danger, she eager to help.
Only four characters and all of them were female. All of this characters were so common with generic personality. With the small group of characters, the story just about these four girls. The characters story was told very nicely.
This game using point and click system to access commands. Using bottom screen we could touch any object. Sometimes the object would had new actions when certain conditions are met. With the arrow in the bottom screen I could change my perspective to search more objects. I also could take some object to escape the room. You need to search the room nook and cranny to find any possible object because you couldn’t progress more if you lack some items. Like, if the room is dark, Himeko couldn’t search the room and you must find the some way to turn on the lamp. Before you could use the item, you must “hold” it first in the menu section.
In the middle of searching, you will found a locked place and need to retrieve the item inside it. This is for Himeko to use her power. First Himeko will use Clairvoyance to see a clear insight through object. You will see in bottom screen a glowing line, you need to focus to touch the area to see the object and a way to retrieve the item. You couldn’t touch too much area, unfortunately. There is a power point for Clairvoyance. If the point runs out, you will force to use the Telekinesis mode. After you could see through a way to retrieve the item, you could use the Telekinesis mode. This mode Himeko could move and rotate the object through the hole. You would meet some hindering object along the way. Use the Telekinesis wisely to get the item.
When you stuck to solve the puzzle, you could use Hints option in the menu. Other Characters would help you to give you hints to solve the puzzle. In the menu you could also talk to another characters, change item you want to use, also save and load the game.
This was a escape game with the psychic power. With the ordinary point and click adventure. The solving puzzle with the supernatural power was so unique and interesting. But I can’t remove the thought that the puzzle is so ordinary.
Graphic and Sound
The graphic didn’t have something exceptional but it didn’t bad either. The music however, I’m not fond with the music here. It didn’t match the mood at all. The music was too lively for mysterious situation. At least the music got mellow when the sad story occurred.
This game didn’t have something unique even the psychic mode to solve puzzle was so interesting. From the start until the end we just searching one room to another room and solving puzzle. For five chapters that’s only I did in the game without any new additional in the end.
This game didn’t have any new game plus or multiple endings, even though this is a visual novel game . So when the game ends you could replay any chapter but you won’t need any reason to replay.
+The storyline flow very nicely
+Puzzle solving with psychic power was interesting
-The puzzle was too easy
-The story wasn’t really intense for genre of mystery
FINAL SCORE: 2.5/5
For you who loved adventure escape game I think this worth to try. At least this game was so cheap. Even the story wasn’t that good but I’m like to spend the time solving the puzzle. This game also has 2 sequel that already released in eShop. For me I definitely will buy the sequel. There’s also another review for this game in our website, if you are interested.
Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas already released in US region for Nintendo 3DS