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Umihara Kawase

海腹川背

Developer: TNN Publisher: NHK
23 December 1994
Umihara Kawase [海腹川背] - cover art
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109 Ratings /
#1,176 All-time
#30 for 1994
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1994 TNN NHK  
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JP 4 995068 121018 SHVC-ATAJ-JPN
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Very rare, very early instance of an early physics platformer, on the SNES no less! I found it very cute, fun, and surprisingly mechanically adept despite what it tries (and succeeds at imo). Some levels, even early on, can feel Sisyphean when you spend several minutes making it towards the exit, only to fuck up a button press and find yourself at the beginning again. However overall the simple, yet inventive concept was handled fairly well, and overall I found this to be an enjoyable little distraction.
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Umihara Kawase is one of the most inventive and forward-thinking games on the Super Famicom. It's a bit like Katamari Damacy in that they took a really wild concept and executed it near-flawlessly on the first attempt. You play as the titular sushi chef Umihara and navigate through various surreal stages using your fishing rod as a sort of grappling hook. Gameplay-wise it's closest to the arcade Bionic Commando, but stripped of the action parts with a sole emphasis on platforming. The physics system is as dynamic as you can find on the SFC and allows for some clever platforming. The difficulty curve is pretty notorious as you'll need to master the fishing rod mechanic if you want to get far, but if you give it the time it requires you'll find a really cool game that doesn't get the credit it deserves outside of hidden gem lists.
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xtremedante 海腹川背 2024-02-15T08:52:16Z
SNES • JP
2024-02-15T08:52:16Z
3.5
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yerm 海腹川背 2024-02-04T23:03:54Z
2024-02-04T23:03:54Z
3.0
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5.555598416172731e+23 海腹川背 2024-02-04T22:13:08Z
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PrayforSake 海腹川背 2024-02-03T17:51:29Z
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buddysnatcher 海腹川背 2024-01-24T09:21:55Z
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Giann96 海腹川背 2024-01-19T20:01:14Z
SNES • JP
2024-01-19T20:01:14Z
8.0 /10
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LocoJake 海腹川背 2024-01-03T17:49:08Z
2024-01-03T17:49:08Z
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mickilennial Umihara Kawase 2024-01-02T21:07:25Z
Windows
2024-01-02T21:07:25Z
4.0
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DimeTree 海腹川背 2024-01-01T09:47:42Z
2024-01-01T09:47:42Z
3.5
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im_singing 海腹川背 2024-01-01T06:15:03Z
2024-01-01T06:15:03Z
3.5
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longestseason Umihara Kawase 2023-12-20T15:04:14Z
Windows
2023-12-20T15:04:14Z
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nbatman 海腹川背 2023-12-04T07:38:22Z
2023-12-04T07:38:22Z
3.0
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  • Whoa 2022-12-21 07:04:24.909139+00
    Very impressive. The missing link between the MSX catalog and modern precision platformers.
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  • Sanx_ 2023-10-19 01:46:43.19849+00
    I suck at videogames so I'm very proud of myself for making it almost to the end
    but FUCK field 55, I am not doing all that
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    • kaaisu 2023-11-28 13:31:48.816516+00
      ironicaly pretty easy to cheese. my real problem are pretty much all the bosses (FUCK the seahorse and FUCK the crab)
    • kaaisu 2023-12-03 07:31:38.186531+00
      actually nevermind i love the seahorse as a whole stage but getting to the door taht it blocks out is infuriating and id almodt consider it somw of the most bullshit level design ever put in a game if the easy additional door wasnt there

      still, the crab is so mindnumbingly boring and frustrating in a rly bad way. thats why eveyrone should check out the shorter and more fun sequel
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