I love killing chickens in Rogue Sphere

Another Japanese game over at Unity Room caught my eye. This one is Rogue Sphere from NinaLabo. I played the WebGL version, but there is also a version available at Google Play. This little rogue-like game took nearly an hour away from me this morning, even though I can understand a fraction of the instructions and game text.

I believe I’m supposed to make onigiri for him, but I apparently ate it myself.

The navigation is app-based, so there are no WASD or arrow controls, but that process became pretty bearable especially as you move from area to area – your character sprints through those passages. Each level has roughly four areas and after clearing the level of monsters – chickens, bats, snakes, blobs – you head to the stairs to take on the next level. Eventually when you clear you end up in a small town. The town boasts a modest shop where you can accidentally sell your shied because your Japanese is so terrible. You can buy food there too.

These are glowing plants of unknown (to me) purpose. They may be a save mechanic or they may just smell nice.

Rogue Sphere has small side quests as well, but I have no idea what they are about, save the onigiri one which, I believe, I totally failed. Language barrier aside, the game is quite fun, the tiny death squawks of the chickens making me laugh each and every time.

Farm Living is the Life for Me

I thought I was going to spend about five minutes playing this little farm simulator from kamihi over at the Unity Room, but 農園生活 (Farm Living) grabbed me for over a half an hour, at least. The entire game is in Japanese, so if you don’t have some basic understanding the hurdle to play will be higher, but if you trust yourself, you can probably muddle through. You play フィルミエ (Firumie(?)) – I’m adding her name in katakana so you can suss it out from the dialog — and you’ve decided to start living the farm life. You take out a loan for 35000 and you have a certain period of time (I didn’t catch how long) to pay it off with your labors.

You can see some of the items and crops available in this screen shot. Clicking on the character on the right allows you to harvest crops. Upgrading tools means using fewer hearts per activity.

I nearly made it, the game stopping when I was around 5,000, but the music and game mechanics – plus my desperate need to improve my Japanese – kept me hooked. Here are a few tips when playing:

  • You won’t be able to remove the boulders on your property, but in time you’ll be able to buy a tool that will help.
  • Try to sell your crops at the highest value you can. See the list on the left hand side.
  • When you click on a plot, the right-hand menu will show your available actions. New abilities and crops will show up there without ceremony, so keep your eyes peeled.
  • Keep an eye on your hearts (bottom left). Those are the number of actions you can do in a month. The blue button on the bottom (休み) means Rest and hitting that will move you to the next month.
  • Crops don’t appear to spoil – though there were a few messages that popped up that were too fast for me to try to read. Hold them until the price is higher.

Most of all, enjoy it. And no, I have no idea how to turn off the music. I didn’t spend that much time on the menu. But I enjoyed it, just as I thoroughly enjoyed Farm Living.

Rating: Try