NAIRI: Tower of Shirin (PC) Preview

By Adam Riley 04.07.2018

Review for NAIRI: Tower of Shirin on PC

After a successful Kickstarter campaign back in Autumn of 2016, developer HomeBearStudio has been beavering away on its NAIRI: Tower of Shirin project that melds the worlds of point-and-click adventuring with that of visual novels. Recently, the developer, in association with Hound Picked Games, released an early build of NAIRI and Cubed3 was there to jump straight in to see how things are developing so far.

Dora the Explorer is the first thing that springs to mind when trying out NAIRA: Tower of Shin, which is not the best first impression. However, perseverance is the key to enjoying this adorable visual novel / point-and-click adventure; it is indeed for all ages, not just kiddiewinkies. The story revolves around a young girl from an upper-class background who is smuggled out of her home to escape being captured, only to then actually end up with a rag-tag group… imprisoned… after they hijack a shipment in which she was hiding!

The initial stages involve trying to break free from her captors via means of collecting key objects, solving simple puzzles, and cracking some brainteasing conundrums, before expanding to a more explorative setting post-escape, mixing in some coin collection of the Professor Layton variety - in other words, clicking around the current setting to discover hidden treats.

Screenshot for NAIRI: Tower of Shirin on PC

Everything is a complete delight to play through, with navigation a breeze - moving through to different areas with a simple mouse click - and interrogation of the places visited being encouraged, in order to uncover plenty of hidden treats. A gorgeous soundtrack also really augments the action, and there are indeed times where leaving the action alone for a while is a delight, just waiting and soaking up the atmospheric music.

The only real bug-bear so far is the noise made when text appears on the screen. Sure, since there is no actual voice acting included, it might seem strange to just have silence while text scrolls onto the screen but, to be honest, the silent approach would be much preferred to the annoying sound effect currently in place. Other than that, however, the first stages of this are a total joy to play through.

Screenshot for NAIRI: Tower of Shirin on PC

Final Thoughts

NAIRA: Tower of Shin may start off slow, but it very quickly comes into its own, showing off its smart puzzles, cute and informative story content, as well as delightful presentation, including a beautiful soundtrack. This is definitely shaping up to be one to keep a close eye on when it arrives later in the year.

Developer

HomeBearStudio

Publisher

Hound Picked Games

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  n/a

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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