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Flower, Sun, and Rain: Murder and Mystery

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Price: $49.90
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Item Number: NTR-P-YHNP
Publisher: Rising Star Games
Jan/UPC Code: 5060102951223
Update: November 25, 2008
«©NCSX»Earlier this year, NCS took delivery of the Japanese Nintendo DS conversion of Flower, Sun, and Rain - a game that was originally released on the Playstation 2 in 2001. The protagonist of the adventure is a detective named Sumio Mondo who gets caught up in a bizarre time loop on an island resort.

   Rising Star Games will be releasing the English language version of Flower, Sun, and Rain in Europe this year but no North American release is expected. Due to the lack of availability stateside, NCS is now accepting preorders for the European release of the game which is expected to arrive on or around November 14, 2008. Pricing is set at US$49.90 which is the same price that we originally listed for the European version of Freshly Picked: Tingle's Rosey Rupeeland.

NCS Synopsis for the Japanese Edition
 Update: March 6, 2008
«©NCSX» Detective Sumio Mondo has been hired by the manager of a resort known as Flower, Sun, and Rain which sits in the middle of the Lospass island paradise. According to the manager Ed Macalister, there's been a terrorist threat at Lospass Airport but once Sumio enters the resort, he's badgered by hotel guests who request his assistance. Tied up with the rabble, Sumio misses his trip to the airport and a plane explodes while flying over Lospass. The next day, Ed Mcalister calls Sumio to wake him up. The private dick soon discovers that the plane hasn't blown up yet and he's been shunted in a sort of time warp. Each day that Sumio endeavors to intercept the plane's departure, obstacles pop up which prevent his trip to the airport. What is the wrinkle that'll break the time loop for Mondo?

This game is also known as Hana to Ame to Taiyou to.

Jan Code: 4535506300638

View the back cover and screenshots on the main NCSX website.

NCS Game Notes for the Japanese Edition
» On the island of Lospass, there sits a seaside resort unlike any other. Flower, Sun and Rain may be more apt as the title of a National Geographic piece - amidst a tropical paradise, FSaR is the epitome of lavish surroundings and well-heeled relaxation. Amenities galore, beautiful women, and modern contrivances are it's other perks.

» Detective Kodai Sumio figures it's be an enjoyable couple of days at the FSaR resort when he's summoned there on an assignment but a host of pampered guests and socialites alter his immediate destiny by badgering him for help. Aided by a multi-purpose device called "Katharine" which is operated by a "Dial" and "Juck Control," Sumio-san divines the circumstances surrounding a situation or a problem by using the gadget in conjunction with the game manual which relates locations of places and relays information about the people encountered in the game. An additional feature of the "Katharine" is the ability to determine the nature or purpose of an object.

» Flower, Sun, and Rain (aka Hana to Taiyou to Ame to) was originally released on the Playstation 2 in 2001 so the game has an old school polygon bent to the visuals. The character models and locations are rendered in 3-D which gives Flower, Sun, and Rain an eye pleasing look with it's fluid animation and stylized graphics. The game play may be likened to standard detective sims where clues are ferreted, folks questioned, and point A must be visited before going to point B. All in all, an enjoyable and unique game brimming with interesting scenarios, characters, and puzzles to solve.

» The moody video introduction that was featured in the PS2 version of Flower, Sun, Rain has undergone an editing process but the overall game remains pretty much the same. The quality of the introductory video has also been degraded from the big console version but the overall theme and stark images still help to convey a sense of mystery and intrigue.

» Three new characters are featured in the NDS version of Flower, Sun, and Rain.

» On the title screen, you may select "PLAY START" to begin the adventure or "MOVIE" to watch the introductory cinema again.

» Three save-slots are available on the game card.

» The game opens up on a beach followed by a motor ride as Sumio makes his way to the resort in a sporty blue car. Strangely, his is the only vehicle on the entire stretch of road as he motors along. The long car ride sequence is meant to convey the distance that Sumio has traveled for his assignment.

» There are garbled synthesized sounds when character dialogue pops up. The sounds are meant to represent human speech although the memory constraints of the game card stopped the producers from including actual speed in the adventure. That, or the budget didn't allow for it.

» When Sumio reaches the parking lot, he screeches to a stop and exits the vehicle. He finds a "lost and found Report" on the floor from the Hotel "Flower, Sun, and Rain."

   This document is ©NCSX 2008. All rights reserved. No reproduction in whole or in part of this document may be made without express written consent of National Console Support, Inc.

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