Posts Tagged ‘Laura Shigihara’

Wot I Think: Rakuen

Composer, performer and now developer Laura Shigihara’s first game, Rakuen [official site], is out now, and it is something truly special. In a To The Moon sort of way. A hilarious and heartbreaking tale of loss and redemption, with songs. Here’s wot I think: Read the rest of this entry »

To The Moon-inspired adventure Rakuen is out now

Rakuen [official site], the first game from Laura Shigihara, has been five years in the making, and is out today. “Laura Shigihara?” you say, “I know that name from somewhere!” Indeed you do – Shigihara came to fame when she wrote and performed the fabulous song that accompanied the original Plants Vs Zombies. She has since composed and performed music for many independent games, perhaps most notably the gorgeous To The Moon – a game that was a big inspiration for Rakuen. Read the rest of this entry »

Rakuen: Paradise Found

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

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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Wot I Think: To The Moon

Sniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiff.

Kan Gao’s To The Moon first came to our attention thanks to Laura “Plants Vs. Zombies theme” Shigihara. (I do hope for her sake she can lose the moniker soon.) Her involvement with the game’s music got us to take a look at early footage, and then it became something I desperately wanted to play. I was right to. No surprises here – this is an incredible game, and I’m going to tell you Wot I Think it is that makes it so.

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Oh Dear No: Magic The Gathering Rap

This is the whitest thing I've ever seen.

You know what I like to see first thing in the morning? It’s Spelunky creator, Derek Yu, topless. Mmmmm-mmmmmmmm. Plants Vs Zombies songstress Laura Shigihara gets in touch to say she’s put up an extremely silly video, featuring Shigihara, Andy “Spelunky XBLA” Hull, George “Plants Vs. Zombies designer” Fan, Paul “Sword Of Legends” Hubans, Tommy “Super Meat Boy co-creator” Refenes, and the exposed nipples of Mr Yu. Sorry, what is it? It’s a rap about Magic: The Gathering, of course. And they’re calling themselves, Funktrollers.

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Double Jump = Coverage: Celestial Mechanica

He's not kidding.

Laura Shigihara got in touch with us to let us know about another project she’s been working on. Coming to fame via singing the Plants Vs. Zombies theme, Shigihara recently worked on To The Moon, and now she alerts us to Celestial Mechanica. Created by Roger “rComplex” Hicks and Paul “Super Crate Box” Veer, Shigihara provides the vocals to the (impressive) music. And the game? A pixel-platformer with Metroidvania progression. There’s a trailer below.

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