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Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo 4 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
In the Japanese city of Showa, you play three main characters: Harue Shigima, a grieving mother who's working with a detective to find the truth about her son's disappearance; Tetsuo Tsutsumi, a senior police officer working with a new hire to investigate an officer's death; and Yakko Sakazaki, a high school student recovering from her friend's supposed suicide. Each finds a mysterious Curse Stone, which can resurrect one person if the owners of the other eight stones are killed and their lives are flung together as they race to uncover its mysteries.
Play involves exploring each location for clues, talking to people you meet, and making choices for the three protagonists. At key decision points the story branches into one of several possible paths, some of which lead to disaster, requiring you to go back and figure out how to prevent it. Unusually, the best solution often requires real-world research and knowledge the characters may themselves not possess. This leads to you being able to make decisions for one character to nudge another character's story in the right direction. You can even change specific game settings to alter the story itself.
The result is a unique visual novel that makes you think outside the box for unusual and inventive solutions. Discovering the twists and turns the dark story takes as you influence its unfolding, is both satisfying and hugely engaging.
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to parse through the text to find useful pieces of information, and think carefully about each choice you make, sometimes having to go back to a previous section and rethink your choices if you reach a dead end.
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