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  • Summary: Root Letter is the first in a new Kadokawa Game Mystery series — a collection of Visual Novels with exceptionally high production values. Set in Shimane prefecture — a place rich in history, culture and natural beauty — Root Letter revolves around the mystery of Fumino Aya, your old highRoot Letter is the first in a new Kadokawa Game Mystery series — a collection of Visual Novels with exceptionally high production values. Set in Shimane prefecture — a place rich in history, culture and natural beauty — Root Letter revolves around the mystery of Fumino Aya, your old high school pen friend who went missing 15 years ago. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. 90
    It’s rare that we have a game that genuinely deserves to be called “elegant”, but Root Letter is that game. It takes a romantic, nostalgic idea, wraps it up in a mystery that is fun to piece together, and does all of that within the context of one of the most beautiful examples of anime art you’ll ever see.
  2. Nov 3, 2016
    85
    Root Letter is a great visual novel with superb production values that’s only held back by some localisation issues but excels in atmosphere and one that will remain with you for a long time.
  3. 80
    Root Letter has great visuals, an intriguing story and well paced chapters. The interactivity may only give the illusion of player control but it’s a welcome distraction.
  4. Nov 14, 2016
    70
    Root Letter is a strange visual novel, but one that keeps players interested throughout. If you feel you’ve received a rather lackluster ending then that’s cause to play through four more times to uncover the final truth. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t make expedite subsequent playthroughs. Still, there is a lot to like about a visual novel focused on the lives of thirty somethings rather than samey love-struck teenagers.
  5. Nov 23, 2016
    60
    Less-discerning players with a tolerance for bad localizations, or maybe Matsue residents, will find a pleasant diversion in Root Letter, but for everyone else, it's difficult to recommend, especially at its current price tag.
  6. 55
    Root Letter has many interesting ideas, but they never fully gel together at the end.
  7. Oct 31, 2016
    30
    My laborious, 10-hour uphill battle with Root Letter ended in the hill giving way to a massive drop into a bottomless ravine, and as I fell through the ravine, I felt regret. I felt pain. I felt aggravation...And I heard the same damned song playing for like a dozen hours until I died.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 22, 2019
    10
    One of the best games that I have ever played on PS4. The story was very intriguing and made me want to play a lot more. I was satisfied withOne of the best games that I have ever played on PS4. The story was very intriguing and made me want to play a lot more. I was satisfied with all the endings but i wouldn't mind a continuation of the same game and building more depth into the endings. Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2016
    8
    Una de las mejores novelas visuales que hemos probado en los últimos años, con una trama que te engancha desde el primer minuto y que sólo seUna de las mejores novelas visuales que hemos probado en los últimos años, con una trama que te engancha desde el primer minuto y que sólo se ve lastrada por un minijuego poco inspirado y un par de situaciones que o dan vergüenza ajena o sólo sirven como catalogo turístico de Matsue.

    -Lee el análisis completo en Letiste Gaming!!-
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  3. Nov 11, 2016
    8
    I bought the game after a friend of mine played it. I am a big fan of Japan and it seemed that the game presents through a mystery an areaI bought the game after a friend of mine played it. I am a big fan of Japan and it seemed that the game presents through a mystery an area that I didn`t know, Shimane.

    I played different visual novel and this is particular since there is an "adventure" aspect pretty unusual for this type of game. Art is beautiful (I love Mino Taro) and the story is somehow intriguing.

    If you like Japan and Visual Novel, I suggest you to give it a go.
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  4. Sep 7, 2018
    5
    Root Letter m'a accroché durant toute son intrigue et m'a finalement perdu à la fin.

    L'idée de départ me plaisait plutôt bien, cette
    Root Letter m'a accroché durant toute son intrigue et m'a finalement perdu à la fin.

    L'idée de départ me plaisait plutôt bien, cette intrigue avait tout pour accrocher, mais la conclusion n'en valait malheureusement pas la peine.
    Je ne suis habituellement pas fan des jeux qui proposent différente fins parce que certaine sont fatalement moins réussi que d'autre. Et c'est le cas ici.

    De plus, notre fin est décidé via un des élément de gameplay les plus étranges et les moins explicite qu'il m'ai été donné de jouer.

    Bref, j'aurai pu aimer ce jeu. Mais sa réalisation est trop brouillon et pas assez solide malgré une bonne quatrième de couverture.
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  5. Apr 25, 2017
    3
    Extremely forgettable game with some of the worst mechanics I've ever seen.

    There is no point in having "Max Mode" and the dialogue is
    Extremely forgettable game with some of the worst mechanics I've ever seen.

    There is no point in having "Max Mode" and the dialogue is pretty terrible as well.

    There are multiple endings, but I stopped after the first playthrough. There's nothing fun about it that makes you want to keep playing like in 999.
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