Home Bear Studio and Another Indie announced that Nairi: Tower of Shirin is coming soon to the Nintendo Switch. The game is a graphic adventure that mixes in visual novel style dialogue and interaction sequences with puzzle solving and point-and-click gameplay. It’s almost like a visual novel meets a hidden puzzle game.
The game centers around Nairi and Rex. Nairi is described as a troubled young girl from the upper class, while Rex is described as a thug-turned-scholar. The duo end up on an adventure that involves uncovering a dark mystery surrounding a tower in the city of Shirin.
A catastrophic event ends up forcing Nairi out of her life as a spoiled rich girl as she ends up traversing the slums with Rex, where the streets are ruled by gangsters and hoodlums. The story isn’t detailed much in the press release but a teaser trailer was released that gives you an idea of what the visuals and gameplay are like.
Joshua van Kuilenburg, the founder of Home Bear Studio explains a little bit more about the story, saying…
“Nairi meets a gangster-turned-scholar rat, who will help her on her quest to find her way back home. The poor district is plagued by The White Mask, a criminal who seemingly brainwashes people. And then there’s a conflict which goes way beyond Nairi’s initial plight of simply returning home. There’s an ominous mystery surrounding the titular Tower of Shirin.”
“We were going for a unique setting and art style, inspired not just by Japanese anime but also the likes of Disney and Pixar. The game comes across as endearing, rather than ‘childishly cute’.”
I’m not really sure what to make of this game. I suppose I just haven’t seen enough to say what it’s really like.
The mixture of humans and anthropomorphic animals engaged in class warfare is an interesting take and seems like some sort of distorted take on a Studio Ghibli film, but the inter-mixture of cutesy art with a slightly darker overtone could make for some interesting and compelling storytelling.
The game is designed to take advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen capabilities, so this seems like a game designed for those who game on the go. Nairi: Tower of Shirin is scheduled to launch soon for the Nintendo Switch and on Steam for PC.