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Rakuen is an adventure game about a little Boy who lives in the hospital. One day, the Boy asks his Mom to escort him to the fantasy world from his favorite storybook, so that he can ask the Guardian of the Forest to grant him one wish. In order to receive his wish, the Boy must complete a set of challenges that revolve around helping his neighbors in the hospital by interacting with their alter-egos in the fantasy world... ...A cranky old man who guards a broken music box with his life while complaining that he never gets any visitors; a young woman in a coma whose husband hasn't left her side in months; a little girl who laments over a friend she was never able to say goodbye to after growing ill… The Boy slowly begins to realize that his neighbors are plagued by secrets and struggles that are mysteriously tied to the strange hospital.
. . . . as a big fan of the games To The Moon and A Bird Story I played RAKUEN now. It is very similar to the two games mentioned above, but the game world opens up a little bit more, there is room to play, there is a small game world... to explore, i. e. the way is not quite as linear as with the two firstlings. Rakuen was written by Laura Shigihara, who also played a major role in the development of To The Moon and A Bird Story.
What should I say? Who loved and loves the two games, who has a certain emotional vein, who likes great music and just wants to experience a little touching adventure, is right here. Please strike!
I have used a total of 10 hours of play, which of course tops the other two games by far. You play a little boy who lies in the hospital and comes into contact with all kinds of fellow patients. The story is about fear of loss, about charity, about domestic violence, dementia and of course death, ergo all everyday things that can and should be made conscious again and again. During the game you experience many fates, your own life plays a role, the lives of others in the clinic. There is a kind of metaphorical parallel world, which is able to depict fates even better. I don't really want to get rid of much more, the game and the music have left me thoughtful - sad, at the same time fulfilled - great cinema. Thanks to the developer!
PS: The soundtrack is great again
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