In this newly-released mobile romance app from Capcom, players must find clues to a crime by spying on an incarcerated mega-hottie with amnesia…
Romance apps for girls and women are making big bucks in Japan’s already lucrative mobile gaming industry, combining beautiful artwork with heart-pounding stories and plenty of interactivity. Capcom’s most recent effort, the undeniably beautiful-looking “Toraware no Paruma”, or “Incarcerated Palm”, foregoes the usual girl-meets-boy angle for something a little bit more salacious.
In the game, the player, as a “counsellor”, must interact with Haruto, a mysterious hottie who has been involved in some sort of crime and is currently incarcerated on a remote island across the far seas, which provides the setting for the game. Unfortunately, Haruto is also suffering from amnesia, and your job as the player is to uncover what’s locked in his memory through a series of one-on-one counselling sessions. The name of the game comes from the fact that the player character can only speak to Haruto through the glass partition in the interrogation room, aka your smartphone screen, through which the two of you will “touch palms” at certain points.
▼ Check out the commercial for the game below!
Now, onto the dodgy part: Haruto’s jail cell just so happens to be fitted with a series of hidden cameras, through which (with the use of your smartphone) you can spy on your jailbird hottie at all hours of the day and night!
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There’s more to the game than just counselling and spying, though. You can also move around the island, questioning the locals and finding clues, as well as picking up items which you can give to Haruto to keep him amused in his jail cell.
As shown in the screenshot below, you could send him a nice lamp to help decorate his bare-bones living space.
Haruto will also send text messages periodically to a player’s phone, and he’ll even leave you voicemails courtesy of his voice actor, Yuichiro Umehara.
The game contains six chapters, which each cost 360 yen (approx US $3.40), setting you back 2,160 yen (or around 20 bucks) all together. And unfortunately, there’s no free-to-play prologue, so you’ll have to take a gamble on whether or not it’s worth your coins to try it out. Still, the artwork looks beautiful, the voice acting is silky smooth, and the premise is quite novel and fresh…if a bit on the amoral side. New chapters will be released episodically on Tuesdays until the game is complete.