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Screen Play Review: Flower, Sun and Rain

Screen Play: "A handheld conversion of an obscure PlayStation 2 game is usually unlikely to pique much interest, but when the game comes from the unique talents of Japanese auteur Goichi Suda, it is worth tracking down.

The former undertaker turned punk game designer, whose recent games include the unforgettable and hugely imaginative cult favourites Killer 7 and No More Heroes, created Flower, Sun and Rain for PS2 in 2001 but it never saw a release outside Japan.

It has now been translated (with significant care) and released in Australia on Nintendo DS, with AFA Interactive distributing the game locally for publisher Rising Star.

Screen Play has been enjoying the game over the past week, often chortling to myself despite the oppressive Melbourne heat.

Dubbed a "murder and mystery in paradise", Flower, Sun and Rain has players controlling bumbling sleuth Sumio Mondo who is commissioned to foil a terrorist plot to bomb an aeroplane."

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