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Root Letter: Last Answer

Adventure | thriller | Detective | visual novel | reeditions/remasters/remakes | full motion video

Root Letter: Last Answer cover

developer: Kadokawa Games

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Game mode: single player

game release date:

20Dec2018

PS4 Switch PSV

Root Letter: Last Answer is a visual novel adventure game with a similar gameplay model to series such as Danganronpa or Ace Attorney. The creation of the title is the responsibility of the Japanese company Kadokawa Games, which is part of a huge publishing conglomerate of Kadokawa, which produces films, animations, music, games, etc. The company is a part of the huge publishing conglomerate of Kadokawa.

Root Letter: Last Answer is an extended remake of the original Root Letter, which was released in 2016 on PCs and PlayStation 4 and PS Vita consoles, selling more than 400,000 copies worldwide. It was the first adventure in the work of developers, many of whom had previously worked for Konami, as well as the debut edition of a series of unrelated detective games. The re-edition replaced the original two-dimensional illustrations with photographs and films of actors characterized as heroes of the title. It is worth mentioning, however, that production allows to restore its original appearance at any time. The authors also extended the game with a new epilogue for each of the available endings, as well as introduced a number of improvements to the interface.

Story

Action Root Letter: Last Answer takes place in contemporary Japan. More than thirty years old protagonist of the title discovers long forgotten letters, which he had exchanged fifteen years earlier with a correspondent friend named Aya Fumino. Contact with her broke out suddenly after she admitted in the last message sent that she had murdered a man and had to repent. Despite the passage of time, the protagonist decides to get to the heart of the mystery that was hidden behind the disturbing letter. She travels to Matsue in Shimane Prefecture, Japan, trying to find friends from the school that Fumino mentioned, hoping that they will take her to the girl. On the spot, she discovers with amazement that a friend is said to have died in a family home fire ten years before she made her first contact with him. Depending on the decisions made, we can unlock five endings, in a drastically different way of solving the main plot, which is additionally extended in epilogues.

Mechanics

The Root Letter: Last Answer game resembles a classic two-dimensional visual novel game, but it also allows more interaction and influence on the course of the game than usual (just like the Danganronpa series, for example). The story is divided into chapters, and each is linked to one of the letters we have received. Players can choose different locations in and around Matsue by questioning the people mentioned by Fumino and those related to her disappearance/death. At various moments we are asked to make a decision affecting the course of the dialogues. When we find a person hiding important facts from us, we are transferred to a mini-game, where we use the arguments, hints and evidence discovered during the investigation.

Technical issues

The authors of Root Letter: Last Answer have used the real locations in Matsue and all over Shimane, in cooperation with the prefecture authorities, they present various authentic tourist attractions of the region, both in a cartoon and actor's version using photographs. Mino Taro is responsible for the illustration and design of the characters and is famous for his Love Plus dating series on the Nintendo DS console. The artist also worked at the Exist Archive jRPG.

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Age Rating

age requirements: everyone

System requirements