Root Letter

An adventure game/visual novel developed by Kadokawa Games. The action of Root Letter takes place in present-day Japan, with players taking control of a thirty-something man who discovers long forgotten letters that he had exchanged fifteen years ago with a penfriend named Aya Fumino. Her last letter contains a murder confession, and states that she has to atone for her sin. After that, she suddenly broke off all contact. One day, our hero decides to learn the truth about the ominous letter, and find Fumino. When it comes to mechanics, Root Letter is similar to classic visual novels, but the players are left with much more opportunities to interact or influence the course of the gameplay, which is further diversified by investigative minigames. Depending on the decisions made throughout the game, the story is concluded by one of five different endings.

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PlayStation Vita
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Root Letter

Root Letter | PS Vita

Root Letter release date for PS Vita:

game language:
English

16 June 2016 | Worldwide

28 October 2016 | Europe PAL

10 November 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player

Sony PlayStation 4
Game Root Letter (PS4) Cover
Root Letter

Root Letter | PS4

Adventure, thriller, Detective, visual novel

Companies responsible for Root Letter

Kadokawa Games | game developer

pQube | publisher   Official website

Root Letter release date for PS4:

game language:
English

16 June 2016 | Worldwide

28 October 2016 | Europe PAL

10 November 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 7.0 / 10 calculated out of 0 players' votes.  

PC / Windows
Game Root Letter (PC) Cover
Root Letter

Root Letter | PC

Root Letter release date for PC:

game language:
English

07 July 2017 | Worldwide

07 July 2017 | Europe

07 July 2017 | USA

Game mode: single player

Root Letter for PC / Windows is an adventure game/visual novel stylized as a detective game, similar to series such as Danganronpa or Ace Attorney. The game was developed by Kadokawa Games, a Japanese Company that is a part of Kadokawa a large publishing conglomerate, responsible for many movies, anime, music, games, etc. Root Letter is the first installment of detective game series announced by the team, which is comprised of former Konami employees.

Plot

The action of Root Letter takes place in present-day Japan. Our hero, who is in his thirties, discovers long forgotten letters which he exchanged fifteen years ago with a penfriend named Aya Fumino. Her last letter contained a confession stating she killed a man, and has to atone for her sin. Despite the fifteen years that have passed without any answers, the protagonist decides to solve the mystery behind the vague letter, and find Aya. He travels to Matsue, in Shimane prefecture, to find her school buddies who were mentioned in some of the letters hoping that they can lead him to the woman. To his surprise, it turns out that his penfriend had died in a house fire that happened ten years before they have exchanged the first letter.

Depending on our decisions, we can unlock five endings which drastically alter the conclusion of the main plot.

Mechanics

Root Letter for PC / Windows is similar to classic two-dimensional virtual novels, but players have more opportunities to interact, and influence the course of the gameplay (similarly to, for example, Danganronpa series). The story is divided into chapters, and each one is connected to one of the letters received fifteen years ago. The players can visit different locations in Matsue and its vicinity, talking to individuals mentioned by Fumino, and those who have some knowledge regarding her disappearance/death. Sometimes, we are asked to make a decision which influences the course of the given dialogue. When we find a person concealing certain important facts, we are taken to a minigame in which we apply pressure, and utilize evidence found during our investigation.

Technical Aspects

The authors of Root Letter used real locations found in Matsue and Shimane Prefecture, cooperating with local authorities to realistically portray various tourist attractions of the region. The illustrations and character designs were created by Mino Taro, famous for Love Plus, a dating series for Nintendo DS, and for his work on Exist Archive.

Age Rating

age requirements: 12+

System requirements

Recommended: Intel Core i5-4590 3,3 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB RAM Intel HD Graphics 4600 or better, 4 GB HDD, Windows 7
Minimum: Intel Celeron G540 2,5 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card Intel HD Graphics or better, 4 GB HDD, Windows 7