One Of This Year's Most "Embarrassing" Japanese Games

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This is Toraware no Paruma (Captive Palm). It’s about a young man who has lost his memory. It seems, you can play it like this. Neato!

The woman’s speech bubble reads, “We’re really gonna do this with our foreheads?! How embarrassing...”

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I guess this would be embarrassing if you were on the train or out in public, so let’s make this iOS/Android title an at-home exclusive. M’kay?

Toraware no Paruma is an adventure game starring a young man named Haruto who has been locked up, and the players must help him get his memory back.

Besides being able to watch him, you must talk with him.

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Haruto is behind glass, and there are certain moments during these scenes you touch your device’s screen with your fingers.

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And your forehead.

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Like this!

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See? Embarrassing.

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The AMAZING THING is that, apparently, if you touch his forehead with your finger instead of your forehead, Haruto knows.

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This is because you are not watching Haruto. He is watching you.

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.