Quality over quantity is easier said than done when it comes to video games, and Resonance of the Ocean's valiant effort to do just that is, in a nutshell, admirable. It doesn't offer anything but a quick (almost too quick) point-and-click experience on mobile, but it doesn't really have to - the game would likely lose its appeal if it were anything longer.
Of course, while the game drove its point home in my opinion, will it have the same effect on you?Table of contents:
The narrative here is entirely a mystery - even the nameless boy is clueless about his own circumstances. All he knows is that a faint melody is echoing across the waves, and he's inevitably drawn to the sound.
This makes for an intuitive point-and-click experience, as all you have to do is choose random items littered throughout the small seaside landscape and combine them to mimic the sounds resounding all around you. Once you've got everything you need, you'll simply present these instruments to the lighthouse jutting out toward the sea and play your tune.
In particular, there's a diary entry on a shelf that reveals snippets of the house's previous tenants. I won't reveal exactly what was written on the worn-out pages, but suffice it to say that something led to the author's demise, and it's up to you to piece together what might have happened.
Overall, Resonance of the Ocean is a too-short experience filled with soundscapes meant to relax you. There are no save functions here as the game is that short, but it's easy to breeze through the whole title in one sitting. As with games that successfully use their brevity to their advantage, this one will leave lingering questions in the air after the credits roll, and while there's nothing groundbreaking about the whole experience, it's a fantastic way to pass the time if you're looking for a way to ease into the new year.