Umihara Kawase is a girl who uses a fishing hook as a grappling hook. You’ll need quick reflexes to swing your way through the branching surreal environments. Use your brains to figure out the best way through. They say fish is brain food—you’re going to need it!
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Release Date: Oct 6, 2015

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June 21

Sayonara Umihara Kawase Comes to VR With HTC Vive Support, Now Available!

Degica Games is pleased to announce Sayonara Umihara Kawase now supports VR via the HTC Vive (and OpenVR)! This totally free update lets you see the game from a new point of view in Diorama Mode!...

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About This Game

Note!: This is Sayonara Umihara Kawase, one game in the Umihara Kawase Trilogy. It is based on the PS Vita version of the game. Below is a description of the entire trilogy.

Easy to play, difficult to master, the Umihara Kawase Trilogy is a collection of three physics-based puzzle/platformer games with over 20 years of gaming history. Developed by the creators of the original game (Kiyoshi Sakai and Toshinobu Kondo), this cult classic was a Japanese indie smash hit!

Umihara Kawase is the name of our backpacking, Japanese, sushi chef heroine armed with a fishing rod, elastic fishing line, and a fishing hook. Face fish-like enemies, conveyor belts, spikes, watery pits, time travel and more. Collect items, and find your way to the end of each level. The deeper into this dream-like world that you venture, the more challenging the solutions and the greater the time pressure becomes. Along the way, look out for shortcuts and secret exits, and unlock bonus levels.

The elasticity of Umihara’s fishing line sets the Umihara Kawase Trilogy apart from other games, giving unprecedented levels of mobility and discovery. Tightening the line or giving lots of slack can be the difference between success or failure. The elastic nature of the fishing line allows the player to stretch down to otherwise unreachable areas or be catapulted upwards.

Trilogy Features

  • Physics-based puzzle/platforming that challenges your reflexes and brainpower
  • Extreme elastic fishing-line physics give you advanced control
  • Many stages with branching paths across three complete games
  • Steam Workshop support in all three games for sharing replays
  • Four playable characters (in Sayonara Umihara Kawase)
  • Face giant, aquatic bosses like a tadpole, a seahorse, and more
  • Steam Achievements, Trading Cards, Leaderboards, and Cloud Saving
  • Full Steam controller support for all three games (optional)

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2Ghz or faster processer
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound
    • Additional Notes: Controller recommended.
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Very Positive (71 reviews)
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Dity
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This is a fun platformer. The scale is a little smaller than I expected, but I enjoyed it and appreciate the VR support. It would be very helpful to have a VR tracked gamepad with annotated controls in the beginning because you have to just guess what's going to work.
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motzand
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Is it even possible to beat this level? You'll try dozens of times and fail, look at a guide, try following it exactly and still fail.
A real challenge.
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The Maddog
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Played this in VR using my Vive and a Xbox 360 controller so consider this a "seated VR review" for fellow Vive or Rift (if support gets added) owners .

So like the description says, you're " a girl who uses a fishing hook as a grappling hook.". Gameplay wise from my brief stint (I will play more) it's a traditional oldschool 3D side scroller. Jump between platforms, hook enemys climb ladders etc. It's not really anything new gameplay wise but it does what it does well and works well with a xbox controller (I assume it will work simillarly with other controllers).

VR wise however...I'm impressed. The depth and resolution is spot on and as good as it gets in VR. I had no issues reading text and everything was rendered quiet clearly. There are 2 scales avalible to play in. One a smaller desktop size where you can see everything and move the main character around in and one much larger where you're focused on the character and her immediate surrounding area. There are pros and cons to using to using either scale. In the smaller scale you can see most if not all the play area (including hidden objects you need to collect) and plan ahead accordingly but it makes certain moves harder to time right. In the larger scale moves are easy to make/time but you have to explore more to find those hidden objects and solve the level.

For a seated side scrolling experiance I found the whole VR element incredibly smooth. I was worried it might induce the dreaded VR sickness (as some seated games can do) but I was fine with this title and to be honest there seemed to be no element that could cause it as head tracking was spot on.

The only downside (if you can call it that) is that you will need a xbox or similar controller. Most Steam users have them anyway but worth mentioning for those who don't. Also, it's got that whole weird anime theme thing going on. I personally don't understand anime but fish with legs fighting school girls with backpacks atop giant celery bunches is just..odd. then again who am I to judge when I grew up with blue hedgehogs who collect rings and Plumbers who like to jump on turtles.

All in all well worth owning on the Vive if you like platformers.
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Aceal
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Own a vive and want to play a good platformer on it? Buy this.

Now with VR support. Already an excellent platformer and you should see the reviews why, and now with VR support as an update; the 3ds version can only dream of being this immersive. Looking around and seeing the whole stage, being able to see depth, can help knowing when the cast the hook. Frame rate is VR spec.


Note: the moment you start the game, press start to reset the view to your default head position, VR dimension settings can be adjusted in the options menu, such as scale of the area.

Kinda cute moving you head around and looking at the characters and mobs on screen.
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( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
This game is about a sushi cook who failed to properly prepare fugu and is now hallucinating. Have fun bouncing and jumping through surreal levels with your rubbery bungee-esque fishing line. Prepare to rage quit every few minutes. Buy, suffer and rejoice when you wrap your head around the controls! Some day you might be able to pull off something cool - meanwhile, keep dying <3
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Jahrain
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I killed a fish by drowning it.

10/10.
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Michelangelo
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
"Easy to learn, difficult to master"
It's a simple and charming platforming game where you use a fishing line to swing around 60 abstract-like stages.
There is no story present (even though something like time travel is mentioned in one of the character cards you can unlock), but that isn't really a problem here, as the gameplay was always the main focus of the series. You can choose between a few different characters, but aside the player model and small differences, the gameplay is the same.

While at first it's possible to get frustrated with the swinging mechanics, it feels really satisfying to quickly go through the levels pulling off all different kinds of techniques, as all the levels are built with multiple paths for different levels of expertise, with collectible backpacks scattered across the stages for those who want to go for the extra completion.

This is a straight port from the PSVita version, but for some reason the original SNES game that was included is now sold separately, so that's a shame. For a better experience, i recommend playing with a controller and using Durante's "GeDoSaTo" tool to make the game look better.

Also, Noko best girl.
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Loli Desu~
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
A Definite must buy of a classic, shame it might be the last for various reasons...
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sol-alpha
( 53.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
A puzzle-platformer where your fishing (grappling) hook is your main mode of traversal and the main reason to play this game. The game may seem simple at first however, the stages will become increasingly complex that knowing some classical physics such as a pendulum swing, Newton's Laws of Motion and force vectors could help you figure out some techniques to solve stages. Otherwise, as a last resort go to YouTube to find solutions to a stage.

Keep in mind that the best part about the stages is that they are non-linear, hence there is no unique solution and there are many different ways to get to the exit. To keep challenging yourself, there is survival challenge which is the classic game mode or the option to complete stages with the fastest time by competing in the online leaderboards. You may be shocked watching the methods from some Japanese players on YouTube with how they complete a stage in several seconds or less.

Overall, this is a gem of a game which I compare with the likes of Monster Hunter or Dark Souls with regards to the learning curve which starts off small and then becomes very steep. Maybe that sounds like an exaggeration however, I definitely had to deal with stages where "You Died" for over 2 hours. This takes into account the platforming which ends up requiring more precision as the puzzles become more complex.

Lastly for emphasis, use YouTube for solutions as a last resort. Similar to Dark Souls, you would want to figure out how to beat the stages by yourself to get that enjoyment out of beating the game.

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rainwarrior
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
Very unique gameplay style, with a strange and lovely art style. I think the Umihara Kawase games are wonderful for anybody who has a high tolerance for frustrating platform/rope physics. It gets very difficult rather quickly, but if that doesn't deter you there's a really fantastic game there.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Played this in VR using my Vive and a Xbox 360 controller so consider this a "seated VR review" for fellow Vive or Rift (if support gets added) owners .

So like the description says, you're " a girl who uses a fishing hook as a grappling hook.". Gameplay wise from my brief stint (I will play more) it's a traditional oldschool 3D side scroller. Jump between platforms, hook enemys climb ladders etc. It's not really anything new gameplay wise but it does what it does well and works well with a xbox controller (I assume it will work simillarly with other controllers).

VR wise however...I'm impressed. The depth and resolution is spot on and as good as it gets in VR. I had no issues reading text and everything was rendered quiet clearly. There are 2 scales avalible to play in. One a smaller desktop size where you can see everything and move the main character around in and one much larger where you're focused on the character and her immediate surrounding area. There are pros and cons to using to using either scale. In the smaller scale you can see most if not all the play area (including hidden objects you need to collect) and plan ahead accordingly but it makes certain moves harder to time right. In the larger scale moves are easy to make/time but you have to explore more to find those hidden objects and solve the level.

For a seated side scrolling experiance I found the whole VR element incredibly smooth. I was worried it might induce the dreaded VR sickness (as some seated games can do) but I was fine with this title and to be honest there seemed to be no element that could cause it as head tracking was spot on.

The only downside (if you can call it that) is that you will need a xbox or similar controller. Most Steam users have them anyway but worth mentioning for those who don't. Also, it's got that whole weird anime theme thing going on. I personally don't understand anime but fish with legs fighting school girls with backpacks atop giant celery bunches is just..odd. then again who am I to judge when I grew up with blue hedgehogs who collect rings and Plumbers who like to jump on turtles.

All in all well worth owning on the Vive if you like platformers.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Own a vive and want to play a good platformer on it? Buy this.

Now with VR support. Already an excellent platformer and you should see the reviews why, and now with VR support as an update; the 3ds version can only dream of being this immersive. Looking around and seeing the whole stage, being able to see depth, can help knowing when the cast the hook. Frame rate is VR spec.


Note: the moment you start the game, press start to reset the view to your default head position, VR dimension settings can be adjusted in the options menu, such as scale of the area.

Kinda cute moving you head around and looking at the characters and mobs on screen.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This game is about a sushi cook who failed to properly prepare fugu and is now hallucinating. Have fun bouncing and jumping through surreal levels with your rubbery bungee-esque fishing line. Prepare to rage quit every few minutes. Buy, suffer and rejoice when you wrap your head around the controls! Some day you might be able to pull off something cool - meanwhile, keep dying <3
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53 of 60 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2015
I've been pretty up to date with the Umihara Kawase Series, even to the point where I even have this here game on the 3DS (where it's title Yumi's Odd Odyssey). I decided to go ahead and buy it again on Steam just cuz it looks like it's a slightly better game than the 3DS Original and, to my satisfaction that is completely true. The game runs at a solid 60 Frames and it just feels a bit tighter overall.

Only drawbacks I've noticed is that Full-Screen makes the game look horribly fuzzy, and the Quick Restart Function doesn't work (unless you've beat the level once, which kinda doesn't make sense to me). Other than that I'm seeing no real problems with this title, and even in its native windowed resolution it's still pretty big without taking up the entire screen (which is pretty comfortable imo). So if you haven't already tried a Umihara Kawase Game yet, want a new UK fix, want to try a slightly better version of the 3DS/Vita Game, or just want said game on PC, then I'd say check this one out. =)
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2015
Rubberband Fishing Girls Simulator 2015

Seriously though, outside of the lack of graphical and resolution options, this runs pretty well at 60fps and is a much better version of the game I have on my Nintendo 3DS (which ran at 20-30 and 15-20 with the 3D on) that I spent $30 on from the eshop 1.5 years ago.

Really good game for $13 atm. It'll make you wanna throw your controller sometimes or you'll feel like a total badass when you pull off some sexy grappling moves that saves your butt.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2015
Bionic Commando with cute girls and walking fish. The puzzlest of platformers. Use fishing line to move yourself around large art supplies and search for doors to the next set of large art supplies. You've never known a tension like this before.
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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
I have never heard of the series before up until this game, on doing research the series is 20 years old!

I'm not a big fan of platformers and well, quite frankly I suck at them. Playing this game was quite fun but very challenging and often found myself swearing frequently in my head.

The platforming is very unique in that you use a fishing rod as a hook and can pull yourself up walls and dangle down. It almost feels like Splinter Cell Kawase. I do have a video of my first 15 minutes or so, feel free to check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWQagPYD6pY

Would I recommend this to anyone?

I feel the unique system of rapelling yourself using the fishing rod is awesome and quite challenging as well as the funny enemies (fish) located around the map are quite amusing and made me laugh. The steep difficulty curve is very interesting too.

I would avoid this game however if you're looking for a fresher (newer) looking platformer as obviously this one is quite dated or feels like (mostly because of the 70s japanese vibe to it). I would also avoid if you're wanting an easy casual platformer or looking for some adrenaline blood rushing action.

Thanks, feel free to let me know if I need to add more to this.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2015
The timer's a scary thing.

The concept of time itself is scary.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2015
This is a no-frills port of the PlayStation Vita version of the game. Runs smooth, but functionally it's developed like a lot of Japanese doujin games. Control mapping is basic and assumes you have a controller of some sort, though there are some mysterious keyboard bindings. There are basically no graphical options apart from making the game fit your screen, but simply maximizing the windowed version looks fantastic in my opinion (again, coming from the Vita version.) I'm not a major PC gamer myself, so I'm totally fine with a barebones PC port, this is a series where the gameplay takes center stage after all.

In terms of the gameplay, this is a platformer/puzzle game with physics-based rope-climbing, except with elastic properties. Unlike many physics-based platformers, it is incredibly intuitive and you feel satisfaction not just by solving the puzzles of navigating each stage, but by simply flinging yourself around and still feeling in control. Fans of the Ninja Rope from the Worms franchise will be very familiar with this kind of gameplay. There are also a handful of boss fights which make for some nice variety. Expect a decent challenge from this game as well, whether you go hunting for backpack collectibles and hidden doors or not!

The stage design and visuals are very quirky, very Japanese, and all incredibly charming. From the walking fish, to the school supplies, to the bathhouse backgrounds and recognizable beer bottles, it's a colourful game that compensates for the otherwise geometric levels.

This is a series that's been around since the Super Nintendo days, finally coming to the west in full force, better than ever before. It would be an absolute shame to miss it, even if you're picky when it comes to your PC ports.
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2015
I am hooked.
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