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Flower, Sun, and Rain (Nintendo DS)

by Rising Star
Nintendo DS
 Ages 12 and Over
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • A rich storyline with a wealth of bizarre outcomes to reoccurring events during the game
  • Story and universe created by the infamous, award winning game designer Suda51
  • Classic, unpredictable and off-the-wall!
  • Challenging and thought provoking puzzles
  • Easy to play: All the actions are intuitive and performed by using the stylus only
  • All the same 3D characters and backgrounds as the fantastic PS 2 version
  • Contains 18 mysterious scenarios
  • Exclusive features for the Nintendo DS version
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0014FKCUI
  • Item Weight: 23 g
  • Release Date: 14 Nov 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,261 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Flower, Sun And Rain is an intriguing mystery adventure very much in the vein of Groundhog Day. You play a detective charged with locating and defusing a bomb by solving thought-provoking puzzles with a wealth of bizarre outcomes. Solving the mystery of what is happening to him and his surroundings is necessary before he eventually goes insane.

Originally released on the Sony PlayStation2, Flower, Sun And Rain was never available outside of Japan and has been high on wish lists of every Suda51 fan since Killer7 was unleashed on the western market in 2005. This updated Nintendo DS version features all the creative quirks that made the original a hit and uniquely utilises the touch screen to solve mysteries, offering players a more intimate experience.

  • A rich storyline with a wealth of bizarre outcomes to reoccurring events during the game
  • Story and universe created by the infamous, award-winning game designer Suda51 - classic, unpredictable and off-the-wall!
  • Challenging and thought provoking puzzles
  • Easy to play - all the actions are intuitive and performed using only the stylus
  • Contains 18 mysterious scenarios
  • Exclusive features for the Nintendo DS version

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surreal gem that slowly reveals its mysteries 26 Feb 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Sumio Mondo is a 'searcher' who arrives on the island of 'Lospass' when he is hired by the manager of the only hotel on the island- hotel Flower, Sun and Rain. We quickly learn Sumio is tasked with neutralising a 'terrorist' on the island who has planted a bomb at the airport, seems like a typical empty-headed yarn that we expect from a video-game... yet things soon take on the surreal, dream-like character we would expect from the developer of gaming landmarks like Killer7.

Lospass is stuck in a recurring 'groundhog day' style loop where the same day seemingly repeats itself in varying ways, each 'day' Sumio attempts to get to the airport only to be held up and distracted by the ludicrous and endearing cast Grasshopper Manufacture have created, leaving the plane to explode and the 'day' to begin anew.

What follows is a surreal exploration of themes such as alienation, fate, utopia (paradise), sexuality and the need to 'kill the past'- the tug of war between generations. All told in the inimitable style of Suda51, knee-deep in metaphor, symbolism, dream-logic and black humour, and delivered in a way unique to the medium of video-games. Mention must go to the soundtrack which is typically wonderful as you would expect from a Grasshopper title, even when the bulk of it consists of remixes of classical compositions by the likes of Debussy and Satie.

Flower, Sun and Rain is a game that tests the player with its math-book style gameplay, or the pixellated textures and abstract dialogue, but if you approach it with an open mind and really delve into the story and characters you will find a deep, rewarding and touching experience that is rare in video-games.

This DS version is a port of the Japan-only PS2 original and there are plans to follow it up with two more past Grasshopper titles- the Silver Case and Silver Case: 25 Ward. Personally I can't wait!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and complicated! 1 Mar 2009
By Clotho
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Just had to put in a review in defence of this game. Although the graphics aren't brilliant, that is done on purpose and doesn't detract from game play. The story line is nice and convoluted and kept me thinking right to the end. There are lots of items to collect as well as the main story quests which are played a day at a time. At the end you can go back through and complete any missed parts. If you like the much more linear adventure games that tend to come out now and are quickly completed this isn't the game for you but if you miss the days of wandering about trying to solve totally random puzzles (like me) then this is worth a look.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
First of all I should point out that this is quite possibly the least accessible game I have ever played. I can't whole heartedly recommend this straight to either a point and click adventure fan or a Suda 51 fan, as Flower, Sun and Rain's gameplay won't please either camp.

Flower, Sun and Rain is (as the product description states) essentially a point and click adventure game except the each puzzle is solved by using numbers and there is only one item - a guide book. Most times a story puzzle occurs the protagonist (Sumio Mondo) 'jacks' into an item or person to enter a code that can be anywhere from 1 to 10 digits long in order to progress. Most puzzles are answered by on screen events, hidden in the 49 page guide book, character dialogue or some fairly advanced mathematics, which sounds relatively straightforward but requires an awful lot of lateral thinking. The difficulty curve is steep initially but progresses at a reasonable level, as the player gets into the right frame of mind. There is also a great deal of repetition and backtracking in some sequences, which many will find off putting.

An early issue with the game is getting into that frame of mind. The clues can sometimes be confusing and have lost something in the switch of culture. For example, an early lost and found puzzle (required for bonus content) requires you to find the combined age of two statues that have "just entered adulthood". Instinctively, I assumed they were each 18, making the answer 36, but was incorrect. I then took the American 21 age, but was again incorrect. Instead, the answer is 40, as in Japan 20 is the age of adulthood, but assuming no prior knowledge few will know this.

The main problem with the game is simple, the graphics vary from scene to scene, but are largely poor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flower Sun & Rain 23 Nov 2010
By d.a.p.
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Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Flower, Sun & Rain is a remake/port of a 2001 Japan only PS2 title of the same name by the maverick games company Grasshopper Manufacture who also brought us No More Hereos and the ammmaaaaazing Killer 7. Does this game live up to these other games? In a word, no.

The port was handled by company h.a.n.d. who did an okay job of the port and of the implementation of the DS's functions but didn't really get the graphics right, they can look pretty awful at points, the original wasn't amazing looking but just had a bit more character and I think that they could have easily recreated this.

I enjoyed this game, as I am a bit fanatic for Suda 51's insane creative mind, but I can understand why people wouldn't like this game. The gameplay is based around repetitive, tedious and mathematical puzzles that often ask you to walk walk walk walk walk walk walk to get to a person just to trigger an event (which leads to more walking). The game even has a step-o-meter in the top left corner, just in case you wanted to know how many steps your badly animated explosive polygon man has walked, nice! The game is a little on the short side and doesn't really have any replay value whatsoever and some of the puzzles are near impossible without an FAQ.

So, what saves this game? It is its personality. This game is like an ugly friend with no arms or legs (or a car) but a great personality. This game is utterly unique and self-aware, for instance, each day/level ends with a plane exploding in the air, there is a pink wandering crocodile that talks, you 'jack into' objects and people, and maths has the ability to stop bombs from exploding.
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A quick and to the point review - if you're a point and click fan, don't bother. If you're a puzzle fan, don't bother. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yuk Game
Didn't like it at all, got in because reviews were good. Graphics were awful and got stuck on first level. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2009 by Mrs. Vickie L. Roberts
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
I just bought this game and its really poor. The first thing that hits you is the really bad graphics, they are simply awful !! The game play is pretty poor & the noise !! Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2009 by Walnut Baby
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, badly made game.
I bought this based on the first review on Amazon and the fact that it is one of the very few 'point-and-click' style games available on the DS. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2009 by K. Rose
1.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very POOR!
This is one of the worst games that I've ever bought. I found the graphics, speech & sound effects very poor, as it reminded me of something that you would of expected to play in... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2009 by S. Hazlewood
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic From The Creator Of No More Heroes & Killer7
Another Unique experience from Grasshopper Manufacture/suda51, Flower Sun & Rain takes you to Lospass, a paradise island full of mystery and interesting characters. Read more
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