[Games Around the Corner] Week 11, 2021 – Another Root, Another Mystery
This week, murder mystery and visual novel fans can delve into the non-story-related sequel to Kadokawa Game’s Root Letter. Meanwhile, there’s a greyscale horror game that involves a mysterious death of its own and a party game involving driving and impromptu track building.
A grayscale horror game with pencil-drawn visuals, Mundaun is set in an alpine valley where the people living there are haunted by something ancient. The protagonist, who lived there as a child, heads back after his grandfather mysteriously dies in a fire to figure things out.
The Steam page promises some degree of freedom via open levels to explore and vehicles like hay loaders that can be driven. There will be puzzles to solve, interactions with the inhabitants, and creatures to look out for. The game also features a “fear resistance factor” where greater fear causes slower movement. Mundaun will be released on March 16 on Steam, Epic Games Store, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Can't Drive This
Can’t Drive This is a game where one person drives a monster truck and the other person builds the tracks – in real-time. If that wasn’t stressful enough for the driver, the vehicle will also explode if they drive too slowly.
Outside of two-player online multiplayer, there will also be local multiplayer for up to four players and single-player. The game will include vehicle customization and a level editor as well. Can’t Drive This is already available as an Early Access game on Steam, but the full release will be on March 19. Aside from Steam, it will be on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
The follow up to 2016’s Root Letter, Root Film features a new cast and a new mystery to solve. The visual novel follows Rintaro Yagumo, who is chosen to direct a reboot of the Shimane Mystery Drama Project TV series, which was cancelled a decade ago. During location scouting, a murder causes Rintaro and the rest of the cast to be drawn into a mystery.
Set across Shimane prefecture (where the first game was also set in), Root Film will feature an “Intuition” mechanic which sees players obtaining keywords related to the investigation from conversations. After enough keywords are collected, players will use “Max Mode” to confront suspects and resolve mysteries. The game will be out on March 19 for PS4 and Switch.