RPG Maker adventure game Rakuen, released on Steam in 2017, is finally getting a Switch port! Created, designed, composed and written by Laura Shigihara – whose voice you can hear on the Deltarune soundtrack, To the Moon and Minecraft and is the composer for Plants vs. Zombies – Rakuen is an adventure game with no combat but a ton of emotion.
With applause like “I haven’t felt so swept away by a world in a long time” from our friends at RPS, we can see that Rakuen manages to be a thought-provoking, heartbreaking, and heartwarming game that might take us to… Farewell might bring a tear or two. It’s clear that working on To the Moon and Finding Paradise, two games also made with the RPG Maker XP engine, influenced Shigihara’s own emotional gameplay.
We pulled the game’s description from the Steam page to give you an idea of how many tissues you’ll need for this upcoming port:
Rakuen is an adventure game about a little boy who lives in the hospital. One day the boy asks his mother to accompany him from his favorite story book to the fantasy world so that he can ask the guardian of the forest to grant him a wish. In order to fulfill his wish, the boy must complete a series of challenges involving helping his neighbors in the hospital by interacting with their alter egos in the fantasy world…
…a cranky old man who guards a broken music box with his life and complains that he never gets visitors; a young woman in a coma whose husband hasn’t left her side in months; a little girl lamenting a friend she never got to say goodbye to after falling ill… The boy slowly begins to understand that his neighbors are plagued by secrets and struggles, mysteriously linked to the strange hospital.
– Heartwarming and characterful story.
– A unique non-combat adventure that mixes whimsical dungeons, escape puzzles from spooky rooms, and dialogue-based mysteries closely tied to the story.
– Walk a mile in everyone’s shoes as you traverse each character’s life to learn about and help them with their unfinished business.
– An original soundtrack with multiple singing songs closely related to each character.
– Collect items and build friendships to gradually make the hospital a better place.
– Embark on a humorous quest for strange creatures in the fantasy world.
“Rakuen” is a Japanese word that translates to “pleasure garden” or “paradise,” and when we combine that with the game’s premise, we get a bit foggy-eyed.
Rakuen’s Switch port doesn’t have a release date yet, but hopefully it’ll come sometime this year. Maybe in winter when we feel a little sorry for ourselves and need a good laugh, cry and a hug?
Have you played Rakuen on Steam? Are you a fan of Shigihara’s music? Let us know in the comments!
https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2022/05/rakuen-an-emotional-2d-adventure-from-composer-laura-shigihara-is-coming-to-switch Rakuen, a 2D emotional adventure from composer Laura Shigihara, is coming to Switch