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The Mysteries of Ranko Togawa: Murder on the Marine Express

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Available on:PCJul 30, 2021

Developer: 1564 Studio

Publisher: 1564 Studio

Genres: Adventure, Interactive Story

Murder on the Marine Express is a visual novel game and the first installment of The Mysteries of Ranko Togawa series. The St. Joachim Academy for elite girls booked the maiden voyage of the new Marine Express submarine train, which runs along the ocean floor from the sunny California all the way to the Japanese coast. The journey seems like the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful underwater views, learn a bit more about marine biology and, ultimately, relax from the usual school life. However, the idyllic travel turns into a nightmare when one of the accompanying teachers appears dead in his room. Who could have killed the most popular and beloved professor in the academy? Ranko Togawa, a grumpy student but with a great sense of responsibility, decides to investigate the events accompanied by her friend Astrid to clear the name of the main suspect in the case. Of course, it won't be that simple. As the number of victims keeps growing, the possibility of facing a serial killer becomes more real and chaos slowly takes over the train. Ranko will have to make the most of the time to find out the truth and prevent the mysterious murderer from continuing to act unrestricted, though not all the answers in this mess will be to her liking… Learn the secrets hidden in the Marine Express and discover the culprit in this story of tragedy, surprises and lots of humor! [FEATURES] ► A mystery visual novel with classic locked-space whodunit development following the style of popular detective fiction. ► A story in 5 chapters offering 3-4 hours of reading. ► Retro-feel graphics with pixel art in the style of old text adventure games. ► Large cast of charismatic characters with humorous dialogues. ► Side conversations on Ranko's phone which help to understand the situation on the train and know more about the students of St. Joachim. ► Texts in English and Spanish, also in more languages in the near future.

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My original mental conclusion to The Mysteries of Ranko Togawa: Murder on the Marine Express was that it was perfectly average. But honestly, after reading my notes I disagree with myself: it's actually kind of subpar. No character growth and a predicable (mystery!) story make for a rather bland experience. I mean, it was okay, I guess, but that's the closest to a superlative I can use to describe the game. It's a good thing it only took me just under three hours to play, or I'd have given up at that point regardless of completing the game or not. It's the first in a series, and only time will tell if things will look up from here.

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The Mysteries of Ranko Togawa: Murder on the Marine Express is an enjoyable visual novel that still needs some more development. Obviously, the developers of 1564 Studios are aware of what the game needs since they are continuing to update it, which is great to see. If you are interested in solving the Murder on the Marine Express mystery check out the demo available on The Mysteries of Ranko Togawa: Murder on the Marine Express Steam page.

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