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Honjo

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Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo (2023) is a horror narrative game about a seemingly unconnected group of people in a suburb of Tokyo caught up in an ancient rite of resurrection. You search for clues and talk to characters all the while trying to enact a murder to fulfil the unique requirements of each curse to be able to resurrect someone in your own life. It's unusual for its dark challenge and how the seven characters (and curses) intertwine to make ensuring they all survive increasingly complex.

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.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Narrative game with Adventure elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete. Depending on your choices, you can sometimes reach a dead end and have to go back to an earlier part of the story and make different choices. To experience every possible way the story unfolds would take tens of hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Language. This game contains frequent strong language ('*!@?*'), as well as milder language including '*!@?*, '*!@?*' and '*!@?*'. There are a number of sequences which feature images of dead bodies, often in pools of blood, and the appearance of ghostly or demonic spirits. These images are often paired with distorted, unnerving music and sound effects which emphasise a building feeling of dread and tension. Jump scares appear frequently, often with horrifying images suddenly appearing on the screen paired with a loud noise. There are depictions of violence, although these are shown using still images that move slightly.

Skill Level

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.

CostsCosts

Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo usually costs £15.99.
 

Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo

Switch Store Switch £15.99
Steam Store PC £15.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/03/2023

Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative and Adventure

Accessibility: 22 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Square Enix (@SquareEnix)


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