The world is empty and it is pouring down. The world is empty, but the streets are being guarded by monsters. A boy and a girl is trapped in this city, and you have to help them out.
There really isn’t some big story or big introduction that I can tell you about here – not without revealing some of the more core plot points, which is a shame if I did tell you about it. All I can say is: Are you trapped in a dream or in death?
I like the pace of the gameplay in general, and I like how the game tells you a story while playing by using some sort of ingame AR text as you progress towards your goal – scattered through buildings, flowing down the streets and standing on boxes and stairs. The introduction and closing sequence on the other hand is annoyingly slow paced which made me wanting to progress quicker by clicking on a button. Even the watercoloured animations is cute, but not exactly beautiful to look at.
Use your brain
This game is essential a platform game in a 3d universe, as you have to find your way around in the city. Though it is hard to go the wrong way when debris, locked doors and destroyed stairs are in the way of exploring. After you catch up with the only other human creature in this world, a little girl about your own age, the game changes to another pace and experience as you now have to figure out how to progress. The game has introduced puzzle elements, much alike what ICO does.
This world is for some reason, infected with monsters that are a little too eager to get a bite or smash you – if they can reach you that is. This is here intelligence wins over raw power: You have to figure out how to get past these monsters, survive the night and reach your goal. Not only do you have to lure them into traps, you also have to sneak around, make use of shelter from the rain, as you – and the monsters – can’t see you when the rain isn’t making you visible. You will also be a part of chases through the streets where you have to outrun the monsters and get away by making use of your smaller size passages.
rain is a cute little game that’s quick done with as it can be played through in one evening – but upon finishing the game for the first time, it reveals a surprise. It has collectibles, so if you want more than the story, rain offers it. The story has a bigger emotional impact that you’d be inclined to expect, so embrace yourself for a heartfelt story with a nail biting plot.
Miss; Too few hours of playtime and no way of getting lost in the world.
Need; The game could have gotten a great lift if the gameplay were more varying.