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Umihara Kawase Shun

Release Information

Japan PlayStation (SLPS 00643) 28th February, 1997 (publisher: XING) (jp.playstation.com)

Windows PC - 24th November, 2015 (publisher: Agatsuma Entertainment (2015); Degica (2016-)) (Steam)

Field Reference

Umihara Kawase Shun is the second game in the series, released three years after the original Umihara Kawase. It is sometimes referred to as Umihara Kawase Syun, and is referred to as Umihara Kawase Seasonal in the Western release of Sayonara Umihara Kawase.

With the extra power of the PlayStation, the platforms in Umihara Kawase Shun have been made polygonal, although Kawase and all of the creatures she encounters are still sprites.

Umihara Kawase Shun has a total of 50 fields, with the first field being field 0, but, much like the original Umihara Kawase, it has some missing field numbers - the highest field number this time being field 55, with six field numbers missing. Like the original, the goal of Umihara Kawase Shun is to make your way through the fields until you reach an ending, with some fields having multiple exit doors leading to different paths between fields, and ultimately to different endings.

Umihara Kawase Shun has you start with eight extra lives, rather than the original game's ten lives. Again, more lives can be found within some of the fields, in the form of Kawase's pink backpack, and failure to reach a field's exit door after having collected a backpack will mean that backpack will not reappear.

As with all games in the series, replays of your runs through fields can be saved. The number of replays you can save is limited by the amount of memory card space you have. Replays from Umihara Kawase Shun can also be played back in Umihara Kawase Shun ~Second Edition~.

After certain fields, short animations will be played, showing Kawase advertising actual products. The various later re-releases of Shun remove this in-game advertising and replace it with artwork of Kawase.

Umihara Kawase Shun is the first release in the series to include a practice mode, where you can choose to play a certain field out of the ones you've played before, including fields you've reached in the main game mode but haven't yet cleared. This is useful if you want to get better at a particular field, whether you want to work out how to clear the field or get to a certain door, or just to get a better time. Since this is just a practice mode, though, clearing a field or a door you haven't cleared before will not unlock the field that door would lead to in the main game mode.

In 1997, in the months following the release of Umihara Kawase Shun, Japanese magazine TECH PlayStation included some Shun related content in its bonus discs.

Umihara Kawase Shun has been re-released a number of times with added content - first as Umihara Kawase Shun ~Second Edition~ in 2000, also on PlayStation, then on Nintendo DS in 2009 as Umihara Kawase Shun ~Second Edition~ Kanzenban, which also includes the original Umihara Kawase. In November 2015, Shun was also released for Windows PC through Steam; it was removed from the Steam store on December 31st, following the closure of publisher Agatsuma Entertainment, but was re-released on 5th February, 2016, by new publisher Degica. There is also 2008's disastrous PSP version Umihara Kawase Portable, and ~Second Edition~ was released for download on the Japanese PlayStation Network in 2012.

The first copies of Umihara Kawase Shun to be sold included a bonus picture stand.

With thanks to sol-alpha for contributions.