Posts Tagged ‘Project Rakuen’

Rakuen: Paradise Found

By John Walker on September 17th, 2014.

Laura Shigihara’s Project Rakuen, now just Rakuen, has at last got a trailer to show. We first mentioned the combat-free RPG last year. Shigihara, brought to fame by her song for PopCap’s Plants Vs. Zombies, went on to work for the developer for a while, but is now fully indie once again. Alongside regularly recording songs for her popular YouTube channel, she has contributed to a number of other games, including Kan Gao’s To The Moon. And all the while has been working on Rakuen, about the fantasy world entered into by a young, hospitalised boy.

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Patients, Now: Project Rakuen

By John Walker on October 15th, 2013.

After a stint working with PopCap, Plants Vs Zombies/To The Moon songwriter Laura Shigihara is indie once again. And for the last year she’s been working on Project Rakuen, a game she describes as “like a mix between Maniac Mansion, To the Moon, and The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past (though without battles or fighting).” Set in a mysterious hospital, it’s a story of how a young boy uses his imagination to understand the world, and indeed other patients, around him.

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