Shining Flower: HikaruHana

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What is Shining Flower: HikaruHana?

From Lost-Town and Google Translated from French...


Kikuko Iwano, a Japanese painter tempted by multimedia experiments, was probably involved in this process, and in 1993 a Macintosh CD-ROM titled Hikaru-Hana ( Literally "shining flower") developed by an obscure studio named maze, Inc.

The game follows the journey through a dreamlike or even surreal landscape of a little man holding in his hands a red flower from which emanates a bright light. He will meet strange creatures, who will make him a little in spite of himself visit the nooks and crannies of these unknown countries. 

This journey, tinged with spirituality, that one imagines initiated will take the player into the abstract depths of the earth while leaving him plunged into a kind of plenitude - the silence that characterizes the narrative is probably not for nothing. 

Because yes, there is neither dialogue nor even the slightest text - everything is played in the visual, reinforced by the ambient band a little ethnic. And at this level, there is no need to say, The game is truly superb - combined with the few technological means that the computers of the early 90s allowed, the artistic talents of Iwano give a result that could be described as lo-fi expressionism - halfway between the Rejection of the naive realism and the color cycling that made the beautiful hours of the adventure game. 

This exemplary piece of pixel art has really aged very well, and it remains today a real wonder for the eyes. To survive in this way to the test of time allowed to keep intact the impact of the charadesign as panoramas, all at the same time tender and destabilizing. 

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System Requirements

From Mac OS 6.0

Compatibility notes

  • Macintosh with 3 MB of available RAM
  • System 6.0.7 or higher
  • 256 colours, 13" (or larger) monitor
  • Macintosh-compatible CD-ROM drive

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