Sony Japan's haunting adventure combines early survival horror with PlayStation 2 classic Ico, to promising effect
By Keith Stuart
Everyone will think of Ico. As the hero of Rain trudges through the bleak shadowy city, his shoulders hunched against the cold and the night; and as the girl he is searching for is glimpsed at a balcony, scared and alone – memories of Fumito Ueda's beautiful PlayStation 2 adventure will flood back. Not that this promising downloadable title from Sony Japan's C.A.M.P studio is a mere copycat. It's just that it captures Ico's sense of constant vulnerability – and it has at its centre a relationship between a boy and a girl, thrust together in an unforgiving world.