Fantasy Hospital Game With Sick Kids In Danger Of Ending In Tears

Rakuen isn't a game about space marines, or fast cars, or professional sports, or multi-hit combos. Instead, you play a sick young boy stuck in a hospital, who is transported to the fantasy world his mother reads him stories about.

Its developers claim inspiration from Maniac Mansion, To the Moon and The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, though stress that there aren't any battles. All you do is walk around the world solving puzzles and talking with people, learning more about the stories behind other patients in the hospital and how/why the place is tied to a fantasy realm.


"In helping those around him", the game's brief reads, "the Boy deals with questions about empathy, hope, and what it means to leave behind a legacy by coming to terms with your own story."

Rakuen is being worked on by creator and programmer Laura Shigihara (incidentally the composer of the Plants vs Zombies soundtrack) and artist Emmy Toyonaga, who aside from working for people like EA also dabbles in badass cosplay.


They're hoping to have the game out in 2014 on PC.


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