Root Letter from KADOKAWA GAMES and PQube Limited is a very good visual novel on PlayStation 4 and Vita. It tells a very intriguing and mysterious story that will keep you going until the end. Want to learn more? Then read our Root Letter review!
The game is set in the Shimane prefecture, and it revolves around the story of Fumino Aya, who is your high school pen pal. It turns out she went missing 15 years ago, so you set out on a journey to try and find what happened to her. In this visual novel, you’ll need to visit several locations as you investigate and search for clues that lead you to find the truth. If you’re a fan of, say, the Ace Attorney or the Danganronpa series, then you’re going to have a lot of fun with Root Letter!
For example, you can check the area you’re currently in by using a cursor you move around with the left analog stick. If the cursor turns red, then you can press the Confirm (X) button to investigate further. If you want to zoom in and out, you can use the right analog stick. Exploring every area is key to discovering new things and being able to progress in the story! For example, in the first scene, you’ll be able to use the cursor to search your bookshelf where you’ll find a stack of letters from Aya.
The mystery begins when, in said stack of letters, you find an unopened letter with no postmark. After reading it, you realize it’s from Aya. In it, she says she has just killed someone, and that she must say goodbye so that she can atone for her sins. You decide to go to Shimane prefecture to investigate so that you can try to find out what really happened fifteen years ago…
Since I’m reviewing a visual novel, this is pretty much all I can tell you about the game without spoiling its engaging story and mystery. You will need to play the game on your own to find out what happened as you explore each location, search for clues, present evidence, interrogate characters, all to unravel the truth. You’ll solve several puzzles during your journey, but don’t worry since none of them should stump you or keep you from progressing in the game. There’s a lot of content to enjoy, so be sure to make the most of your time with Root Letter.
The game features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, but due to its visual novel nature, you’ll need to do several runs to explore every possible route. This is not a bad thing since each path features new elements that will allow you to fill in the blanks of the story, so doing a Platinum run is greatly encouraged! For your second run and on, you can quickly skip chapters once you have… taken a particular action, I won’t spoil this. You also need to use your smartphone to be able to skip chapters, but since it is found in Chapter 1, you won’t have to replay the entire game for new paths that lead you to a new ending. Overall, you’re looking at around 15-20 hours or so for doing all runs, which is not bad for a visual novel!
Root Letter is a very good visual novel on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita that will keep you engaged from start to finish. It’s premise and story are great, while its gameplay mechanics (that will remind you of entries in the Ace Attorney series) will make for a fun experience. If you’re a visual novel fan, I highly recommend that you buy Root Letter!
This Root Letter review is based on a PS4 copy provided by PQube Limited.