Yomawari, NIS’ brand new Vita horror game about a little girl who goes out at night to find her dog poro and her big sister. You can pick up various things while exploring the town, like ten yen coins, a scoop, and some rocks. There are more main areas than just the town, but those will be revealed at a later date.
There are creatures who lurk around at night and will pursue the little girl. Underneath streetlights, you’ll find strange human-sized shadow creatures. Child ghosts also roam the area, and these resemble scribbles by children. There are also giant creatures that take up entire roads, chasing the girl with their spider-like legs.
When the little girl encounters what of these dangerous beings, she becomes unable to move. This is represented by the Heart Sound System. When the girl is close to danger, her heart rate will increase, and the screen will start to distort. The worse it gets, the more debilitating effects there will be on the girl’s movement.
When you can’t hide or outrun an enemy, turn to your on-hand items for clues. For example using stones to distract them, etc.
I’m really liking the sound of this. I was left a bit cold on Hotaru no Nikki do to the frustrating nature of so many of its puzzles, but Yomawari is shaping up to be a really interesting horror game with a wonderful sense of atmosphere.
Count me in.