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: Nov 2, 2015

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July 28

A New Game And A Giveaway!!

Hi there,
We've just released our latest game on Steam!
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It's a stunning 2D Fighting Game featuring characters from the popular Japanese RPG “Shining” series.

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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!...

store.steampowered.com/app/378750/
In addition, the powerful RPG creation software from Kadokawa and Degica Games, RPG Maker, now has Umihara Kawase-themed assets available for download for free, so users can create their own Umihara Kawase-themed RPGs!...

http://store.steampowered.com/app/476051/
Enjoy and stay tuned!

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About This Game

Note!: This is Umihara Kawase, one game in the Umihara Kawase Trilogy. It is based on the original SNES 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: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound
    • Additional Notes: Controller recommended.
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Positive (23 reviews)
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Mellow Isaac
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
After playing it, you'll understand why it didn't leave Japan for twenty years. Only asians can beat this game
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Good Night, Ryan
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
closest i've ever come to breaking a controller in frustration. some of the most absolutely sadistic level design i've ever seen in a platforming game, definitely not for the faint of heart despite its cutesy aesthetic and cheery music.
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Rabbit-Box
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
This is a seriously fantastic game. Go check out Arino play this on GameCenterCX.
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TJ
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Did you look at this game thinking "Oh, that looks like a cute game"? Well, you're right, it's certainly cute, but there is no mercy here. Get yourself a good D-Pad, uninjured thumbs, and learn your prayers to RNGesus. No save scumming here; when you run out of lives, it's back to field 0 for you. Unless you find the doors that skip you ahead to a later field.
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RadioCase
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Umihara Kawase is a pleasantly simple and surprisingly difficult game. It's a platformer with a fishing rod mechanic that is both unique and very well implemented. It's essentially a grappling hook which you use to traverse each level. While it's easy to learn how to use the fishing rod and get yourself moving, a much more experienced player can use the rod to quickly maneuver through levels and take tricky shortcuts. The platforming physics combined with the fishing rod's flexible wire gives you a very free range of motion. I highly recommend watching some speedruns of this game to get an idea of how much freedom of movement the fishing rod can allow. It's a fantastic game for anybody that likes tough platforming, skill-based movement, and a steep curve in difficulty.
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Platformkickass
( 46.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
I recommend it to anyone interested in challenging 2d platformers.
The fishingrod grapple has unique physics and takes some time to
get used to but that is a good thing.
Prepare to be annoyed by enemy spawns.
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NPC #888
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
Its the Dark Souls of fishing games.
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AgainstYourThought
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 25, 2015
Without a doubt my favorite platform game of all time. I've been playing the original Super Famicom version of Umihara Kawase for over 10 years, and it still remains a game I come back to with surprising frequency. This series has a lot to offer with challenging and immensely satisfying rope physics that enable you to do all sorts of gravity defying moves. There's a large selection of levels with ever increasing challenge and multiple exits allow you to carve your own path through the game. The controls can be challenging at first, but if you stick with it you'll soon be able to pull off all manner of elaborate stunts using Kawase's stretchy fishing line.

This Steam version offers many improvements over the original including a practice mode, leaderboards, eliminating slowdown, and other niceties.

Highly recommended to all platfomer fans. And be sure to check out the other games in this series for more fun with Kawase and the Darwinian nightmare fish.
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Pepperoni PlayBoy
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 12, 2015
girl gets gangbangged by raw fish
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Notshane
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 11, 2015
Took you TWENTY years to leave Japan, Umihara! Was it a trip by sea, only for those mutated fish to continuously delay your departure by biting holes in your boat or what? Either way, you finally got here. Not that your game was that heavy of a story to really need a full English translation, but the emulation is very solid.

Stretching the game to 1080 is a breath of fresh air. Most emulation never made this game look as good as it does right now on Steam. After so many years, we finally have real English menus of this Super Famicom hti that I wanted to play for so long, but just could not properly emulate to run and look good before.

The controls are MUCH tighter than the other Steam release of Sayonara UmiharaKawase, so much so that I already love this version over that one. The music is bright and cheerful and the cryptic backgrounds look just as disturbing as ever! Truly, this is a very splendid port of a great and fun platforming game.

I wish more Super Nintendo games could be ported to Steam in such a similar fashion. They could easily import more games on here that never saw release overseas. This game is just the start of that very thing happening here. Playing this with my 8Bitdo SFC30 controller is the best experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
After playing it, you'll understand why it didn't leave Japan for twenty years. Only asians can beat this game
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73 of 83 people (88%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
if your only experience with grappling rope based platformers is bionic commando, beware: you don't know nothin about swingin

the original umihara kawase is one of the most deceptively cryptic and brutally punishing platformers ive ever played and under its cutsey aesthetic lies only deception, horror, and the judging eyes of strange aquatic life who will trot back and forth over your charred decimated remains after this rubbering action game is done with you

its got everyones favorite waifu though so its super cool
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
First, Sayonara Umihara Kawase (3rd game) was ported to steam. Now the first game in the Umihara Kawase series is finally on steam and Umihara Kawase Shun (2nd game) is on it's way before the end of 2015. What a time to be alive.

Umihara Kawase originally came out on the Super Famicom in December 1994 but never got a proper English release until 2015 when it was included as a bonus game with the PS Vita version of Sayonara (and now the PC version as a stand alone release).

The objective of this game is to go from the beginning of a stage and get to a door (sometimes there's 2 doors that you can choose from, the harder to reach one being a shortcut to later fields) via your trusty fishing rod and by that I mean you gotta grapple, swing and fling yourself across wacky platfoming levels all the while avoiding enemies (fish with legs and a boss or two) and using your crazy rubberband physics skills to get to the exit fast (if you want to speedrun or impress your friends). The game ends either when you run out of lives or you reach one of the final exit doors.

Before some levels, the game shows you a thing you can do to get through that level, either how to get across some gap or dealing with an enemy or just stuff to help you win at the game.

I don't recommend playing this on keyboard as it has controller support and it feels much better imo playing any of the games in the series with a controller/handheld system. But if you can master keyboard controls then you're a pretty cool person.

Music is nice, pretty simple but catchy I guess.

One thing this game had going for it back when it first came out was the ability to save replays. That feature is still around but you also have leaderboards too so if you like leaderboard stuff then you're good to go.

It's easy to learn for most, a lifetime to master for some. It's Umihara Kawase.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
An amazing game.
Prepare to buy a new controller. These fish are gonna walk all over you. This game sure has a quaint sense of humor.
This game, It reminds me of how simple and superficial most modern games are. In this game the focus is the gameplay. I can't stress this enough. The gameplay is challenging but there is more to it than simply being hard. It feels balanced and well thought out. If you are looking for a game that doesn't try to wow you with fancy new paint job on a well known trite formula that you've seen two dozen times, then this is a game for you.
* Have a strong dislike to fish and aquatic life forms?
* Like sending a small child to cling off a cliff with a rubbery fish line and possibly let her descent to her death (repeatedly)?
* Always felt tadpoles give birth to frogs and not the other way around?
If you answered yes to any of this questions go see a doctor but either way buy this game and play it, it's good.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
Took you TWENTY years to leave Japan, Umihara! Was it a trip by sea, only for those mutated fish to continuously delay your departure by biting holes in your boat or what? Either way, you finally got here. Not that your game was that heavy of a story to really need a full English translation, but the emulation is very solid.

Stretching the game to 1080 is a breath of fresh air. Most emulation never made this game look as good as it does right now on Steam. After so many years, we finally have real English menus of this Super Famicom hti that I wanted to play for so long, but just could not properly emulate to run and look good before.

The controls are MUCH tighter than the other Steam release of Sayonara UmiharaKawase, so much so that I already love this version over that one. The music is bright and cheerful and the cryptic backgrounds look just as disturbing as ever! Truly, this is a very splendid port of a great and fun platforming game.

I wish more Super Nintendo games could be ported to Steam in such a similar fashion. They could easily import more games on here that never saw release overseas. This game is just the start of that very thing happening here. Playing this with my 8Bitdo SFC30 controller is the best experience.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
Listen to the music! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5DLI9muO3w

This game is super difficult and fun. It's a puzzle platformer where you use a rubber fishing line as a hookshot to get around places, while avoiding puzzle-traps and rad enemies. The fishing line's length can be adjusted during use, and it can be used to pull enemies to their deaths. If you pull an enemy off a ledge and you're still holding on as he falls, he'll also pull you to your death. It's pretty funny. Most levels have multiple exits that will progress you one stage further, or let you skip stages if the exit is either harder to get to or a secret. Anything else I can tell you is obvious information you can learn from watching the store video.

Anyway, if you like Mario Bros. 3 for the challenge, this game is for you. It's a classic.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Its the Dark Souls of fishing games.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
Without a doubt my favorite platform game of all time. I've been playing the original Super Famicom version of Umihara Kawase for over 10 years, and it still remains a game I come back to with surprising frequency. This series has a lot to offer with challenging and immensely satisfying rope physics that enable you to do all sorts of gravity defying moves. There's a large selection of levels with ever increasing challenge and multiple exits allow you to carve your own path through the game. The controls can be challenging at first, but if you stick with it you'll soon be able to pull off all manner of elaborate stunts using Kawase's stretchy fishing line.

This Steam version offers many improvements over the original including a practice mode, leaderboards, eliminating slowdown, and other niceties.

Highly recommended to all platfomer fans. And be sure to check out the other games in this series for more fun with Kawase and the Darwinian nightmare fish.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
I recommend it to anyone interested in challenging 2d platformers.
The fishingrod grapple has unique physics and takes some time to
get used to but that is a good thing.
Prepare to be annoyed by enemy spawns.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Umihara Kawase is a pleasantly simple and surprisingly difficult game. It's a platformer with a fishing rod mechanic that is both unique and very well implemented. It's essentially a grappling hook which you use to traverse each level. While it's easy to learn how to use the fishing rod and get yourself moving, a much more experienced player can use the rod to quickly maneuver through levels and take tricky shortcuts. The platforming physics combined with the fishing rod's flexible wire gives you a very free range of motion. I highly recommend watching some speedruns of this game to get an idea of how much freedom of movement the fishing rod can allow. It's a fantastic game for anybody that likes tough platforming, skill-based movement, and a steep curve in difficulty.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny