Haruki Murakami-Inspired ‘Memoranda’ Releasing November 1st

Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author of works such as 1Q84 and Kafka on the Shore, has a talent for creating surrealistic and often melancholic works and is considered by many one of the world’s greatest living novelists (he was even in the running for the Nobel Prize in literature this year). So, when I heard that Memoranda, an upcoming adventure game, was inspired by various Murakami short stories, I was immediately intrigued because it’s not often we get to play games inspired by melancholic magical realism. This point and click (tap?) adventure tells the story of a young lady who gradually realizes she’s forgetting her own name. But is she really losing her memory, or is there another explanation? The story takes place in the kind of quiet town you would expect to find in a Murakami novel: a town where a soldier who’s survived WWII and an elephant hoping to become human coexist.

This is just one taste of the weirdness that will be Memoranda, and I can’t wait to play it. The game is filled with 2D hand-drawn art, includes an original soundtrack with more than 15 tracks, and will let you interact with more than 35 characters in 40 locations. Memoranda has already released on Steam to positive reviews, so I’m really looking forward to this one. Head over to our forum thread for more on the game.


Magic Realist Point-and-Click Adventure ‘Memoranda’ Coming to Mobile

Point and click adventure game Memoranda, originally released on Steam, is getting a mobile release this June. This title has you playing as a young woman who is slowly forgetting her name. She doesn’t know why, and sets out to discover if it’s something wrong with her memory…or are there other circumstances causing this to happen? There’s a few odd characters in her small town, and they’re all losing something of themselves, too.

Memoranda features hand-drawn 2D art and animation, along with thousands of lines of dialogue with English-language voice over, and an original soundtrack with 15 tracks. This magic-realism-inspired adventure game looks quite fascinating, and iPad is the perfect platform for point-and-click adventures. I’m looking forward to checking this one out when it launches in June. Check out the forum thread for additional screens and details, as well as to discuss this one with others.