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  • Summary: 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 PlayStation®2, 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. [Rising Star Games]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 37
  2. Negative: 12 out of 37
  1. 80
    An addictive soundtrack, plenty of brain-teasing puzzles and a gripping story packed full of twists and humorous moments help make Suda-san's title a must-try.
  2. If you can handle the strangeness, you’ll find great rewards here.
  3. A lack of interactivity makes playing Flower, Sun, And Rain an experience not unlike listening to a favourite album, letting images wash through the mind for their own worth. [Dec 2008, p.119]
  4. In striving to be unique, this title actually manages to loose itself in the attempt. The puzzles are repetitive and the sense of progress is often lost in all the "unique" features of the game. There are better games in the genre available on the DS.
  5. Some ill thought out mechanics really make this already niche title further marginalised, but it's nonetheless a very quirky adventure game.
  6. 45
    An addition to the long line of adventure video games that will leave players feeling cold where gameplay is concerned. Suda 51 fans should play it for the story and the music, nothing more.
  7. This game is a flat out 3, you should really play it.

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  1. Dec 9, 2013
    9
    Flower, Sun, and Rain.
    The only thing I saw of this game before playing it was a screenshot, and the only thing I knew about it was the name.
    Those two things alone were enough for me to play this game. And I did. And I absolutely loved it. This game is weirder than weird, crazy, trippy and all in all a fantastic experience. It's difficult to explain why the game is good, it's really something you have to play yourself to judge if you like it or not. But I'll try to at least point out some things I really enjoyed.

    The graphics. Yeah, I thought they were terrible at first, but you know, I started finding a charm in them the more I played and I ended up really liking the strange style they went for.

    The atmosphere and setting. I don't know, I really felt like I was on a small, quiet island while playing this. All the places look really nice, and all the locations give off such a peaceful vibe when they are meant to, and they can also be spooky when they're supposed to be. Really nice.

    The plot of the game. It's good. Really good. At least I though so. Interesting all the way, funny at times, even serious and dark with likable and fun characters. Yeah, most of the characters in this game are really cool in their own way, I really like them.

    Music and sound. The soundtrack is fantastic, amazing, magnificent. Every track fits the situation perfectly, and pretty much every track is great. Even if a lot of the tracks are remixed songs, they feel really fresh and new. I know the original PS2 version of the game has an OST that sounds better, but I think the DS version also sounds amazing. The voice work never really bothered me either, I actually kind of liked it. I think I might have preferred proper voice acting though.

    Now, the flaws of this game in my opinion are:

    The fact that you have to walk back and forth A LOT! It made my thumb hurt on the DSi, so I tried playing it on my 3DS, and my thumb still got really tired. It gets annoying, especially some really long walks later in the game. The other thing is... Well, the puzzles. Some of the puzzles were fun to try to figure out, but others made no sense in my opinion and were simply absurd. I even had to look at an FAQ at some of them, which makes me feel guilty, but I couldn't help it. I just got really frustrated at a few of those puzzles. I was expecting it though, the game kind of throws you into it with very little explaining of what to do. Already at the start of the game you feel confused.

    But yes, this is a really nice game. I really enjoyed it and if anybody reading this wants to try it out, I recommend them to do so. I feel like the scores for this game are kind of unfair, I know it's not a game for everyone, but seriously, that 54 is pretty harsh. But oh well, this is just my humble opinion. Grasshopper did a good job with this one, and I'm now convinced that I want to try more of their games.
    I give this game a 9 out of 10.
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  2. May 3, 2013
    8
    Pretty hard game to review. But it's very interesting game. There are no others like this one GOOD: 1) the plot! omg, imho it's one of the most interesting plots of any videogames ever made! If you love David Lynch movies, then it's for you here. 2) Music excellent jazz arranges of classic mucis some nice electronica here 3) Humour. Yes, this game has very much funny things. Like the game is just joking at player..while also it doesn't. 4) Aesthetic. Very beautiful thoughts come to mind when you playthrough FSR.

    BAD: 1) Gameplay is just "go here and return there and do it 20 times again". THOUGH that was made specially to hurt player's feelings. 2) NDS version has very reduced graphics (and sound) comparing to PS2 original.
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