The Coral Cave: A Watercolour Adventure Game

Today on Games I Wish I’d Noticed Sooner Because I Feel I’ve Robbed My Eyes Of Several Months Of Pleasure, we’re looking at The Coral Cave [official site]. The pointy-clicky adventure game, you see, is made of hand-animated watercolour paintings.

Atelier Sento’s French-Japanese-Canadian team are telling a tale of a young girl who lives on a remote Okinawan island and travels into the spirit world to save her village from a strange threat. That screenshot up top there ↑ is nice, isn’t it? Mate, come see the trailer.

I’m not sure what more to say. Looks lovely, doesn’t it? I dig this pure 2D approach more than, say, the approach of turning paintings into textures for 3D models and scenes that the new King’s Quest is using. What they show of the puzzling looks like traditional adventure game fare, which isn’t usually my cup of green tea but I’ll certainly brave to poke around in this dreamy space.

No word on a release date yet, but if you dig the art, you’ll find a lot of sketches and other paintings on their blog.


  1. CookPassBabtridge says:

    “Maaaate. That is a WELL NICE TRAILER. Watch it, yeah? Now get me Twenny Bensons or I’ll deck you, you muppet”

  2. MrFinnishDude says:


  3. Monkeh says:

    Colour me interested!

  4. Guy Montag says:

    Their blog has given me something like a year of pretty things,, definitely a recommended follow.

  5. bill says:

    I wasn’t sure about the squinty-eyed look in the header image, but it seems that might just be that particular shot. Maybe I’m just used to japanese people always being portrayed as big-eyed westerners in animation.

    Other than that, it looks lovely.. and they seem to know the location well.

  6. Arehandoro says:

    Music is beautiful, art is sublime, Japanese voice acting always gets me kinda daydreaming but puzzles look too Cryo style for me, which is a huge setback :/

    Will keep an eye on it, though. Too many good things to don’t do so.