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About Umihara Kawase
Umihara Kawase is a Japanese video game series, the first game of which was released in 1994, however no games in the series were ever released outside of Japan until 2014. It is a series of puzzle-platforming games, also referred to as 'rubbering action' games, in which you play as a young 19-year-old woman named Umihara Kawase, who has with her a rubber fishing line and a pink backpack, and your goal is to guide Kawase through the levels (known as 'fields', or as 'stages' in the Western release of Sayonara Umihara Kawase) using her rubber fishing line to move from platform to platform and remove the various sea creatures in her way, with the goal of reaching a door at the end of the field, which leads to another field, with the ultimate goal of reaching one of the game's endings. Some levels have more than one door, though, which lead to different fields and different endings, and getting Kawase to every door, completing every field and reaching every ending will require a mastery of the physics of her fishing line.
There are three games in the series: Umihara Kawase (Super Famicom), Umihara Kawase Shun (PlayStation), and Sayonara Umihara Kawase (Nintendo 3DS; also known as Yumi's Odd Odyssey in North America). In addition, Umihara Kawase Shun was updated and re-released as Umihara Kawase Shun ~Second Edition~, also on PlayStation, featuring added content, and as Umihara Kawase Shun ~Second Edition~ Kanzenban on the Nintendo DS with further added content including the original Umihara Kawase, in 2015 Sayonara Umihara Kawase was updated and re-released as Sayonara Umihara Kawase Chirari (known as Sayonara Umihara Kawase + in the west) on the PlayStation Vita, also including the original Umihara Kawase in what was its first western release, and in late 2015 Umihara Kawase, Shun and Sayonara were released for Windows PC through Steam, in what was Shun's first western release. Umihara Kawase Shun has also been released on the PlayStation Portable with the name Umihara Kawase Portable (although this version is not recommended due to bad physics and being buggy), and Umihara Kawase Shun ~Second Edition~ has been released for purchase and download on the Japanese PlayStation Network, playable on PSP, PS3 and PS Vita.
A fourth game in the series, Umihara Kawase Fresh!, is currently in development.
One important feature throughout the series has been the ability to save replays of your plays through fields. If you have an amazing run through a field which you'd like to show to anyone who'll pay attention, you can! This has encouraged Umihara Kawase players to replay fields, looking for the fastest possible path through the field, and the fastest route to an ending, which gives the games a high level of replayability.
If you're new to the series, don't be discouraged if you're having trouble! Learning how to use the physics to your advantage takes a lot of practise, and with time, you will get the hang of it.
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