So this game came out last week, and has gone virtually unnoticed. It's a former PS2 title, but it never got released in the US. Now it's on the DS and has actually been out everywhere else but the US for about 6 months.
So what is this game really? Honestly, I have no goddamn clue. This shouldn't be a surprise though, as the game was made by Grasshopper studios. Yes, this is a Suda 51 game. It's an adventure game, and you've been assigned to figure out the mystery of a terrorist attack on "Lospass" island, while staying at the Flower, Sun, and Rain hotel. However, a time loop prevents things from being so simple. You solve puzzles by jacking into items with Catherine, your briefcase/weird key thing. You then enter in the correct numbers for the puzzle, and voila! You've done it! This game is also said to have lots of backtracking, and the game gives you a pedometer to track your steps. Reach enough steps and you'll get a reward. Sounds great, right? Well, there's one thing about this game you should probably know....
This game was originally released when Suda 51 was still completely fucking insane. He still is, but this is Killer 7 levels of nuts. Everyone in this game speaks in that garbled "In the name of Harman" voice. Also, Suda fucking HATES you. The second puzzle in the game requires you to read a 49 page hotel catalog to figure out how to get out of your room. I'm not even joking, the odds of you turning to the correct page on your first try are slim. The catalog is also home to the solutions of other puzzles, so you really need to read it. Now you may be thinking "Surely it isn't really 49 pages." Oh, you are wrong. It may not be 49 full pages, but it's at least 40. Everything is covered in the catalog. Maps, directions for a forest so you don't get lost, the history of a ruined tablet, drink recipes, celebrity interviews, everything is in that catalog.
So I want to get some discussion going on this game, because I really don't want to be alone when playing this. I'm not even that far, only about an hour in, but I know this game isn't going to be a walk in the park. I need to know someone else out there has this game, and I also find it a quite interesting game as well so I want to spread the word. This game was impossible to find last week, but you should have luck finding it now. In any case, welcome to the adventure game that hates you. Welcome to the Hotel Flower, Sun, and Rain.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZkU6fi2B1U