April 2017 Community Game-Along: Grasshopper Manufacture

Grasshopper Manufacture Community Game-Along

April 2017 is a big month for Grasshopper Manufacture. The Japanese game developer is finally seeing its first title, a visual novel called The Silver Case, released in English on PlayStation 4 on April 18th. Originally released for PlayStation in 1999, The Silver Case has never been localized until now! The remake has been available in English for PC and Mac since last year, but to honor the widespread release of this classic title, I wanted to dedicate April’s Community Game-Along to Grasshopper Manufacture!

Grasshopper Manufacture is probably best known for its founder Goichi Suda, aka Suda 51. His signature aesthetic can be seen in a range of Grasshopper Manufacture’s games, from The Silver Case to Killer7 and No More Heroes. Grasshopper Manufacture has produced a wide range of games in a variety of genres, so there should be something for nearly everyone!

To join in the festivities, simply play a game by Grasshopper Manufacture during the month of April and share your experiences using #GrassManMonth. Blog posts, let’s play videos, and podcasts are all highly encouraged! If you don’t have time to participate by playing a game of your own, feel free to share your favorite Grasshopper Manufacture game suggestions, too. Here are a few of my own:

The Silver Case Remake

The Silver Case (Steam, PS4– As Grasshopper Manufacture’s first title, this would be a great way to see how the company got started. The Silver Case is a murder mystery visual novel packed with puzzles to solve, so be prepared to put your thinking cap on! If you’re studying Japanese, you may be interested to know that you can choose between English and Japanese text in the game.

Liberation Maiden iOS

Liberation Maiden (3DS, iOS– Originally released as part of the Guild01 bundle for Nintendo 3DS, Liberation Maiden is a shooting game where you play as a girl who happens to be the president of New Japan and pilots a flashy mech! Anime fans may recognize Studio BONES, who were in charge of the animated cutscenes in the game. They also worked on series such as Wolf’s RainOuran High School Host Club, and Space Dandy! The game can be purchased for only a couple dollars digitally on both 3DS and iOS.

No More Heroes Heroes' Paradise screenshot

No More Heroes series (Wii, PS3) – The No More Heroes series was recently confirmed to have a new entry in the works for the Nintendo Switch, so now would be a great time to catch up on the first two games! Both are available for Wii, and the first game has been updated for PS3 with Move controls as No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise. You control Travis Touchdown, a guy who wins a Beam Katana in an online auction and decides to use it to become a professional killer. No More Heroes is packed to the brim with Suda 51’s signature wackiness!

Flower, Sun, and Rain (DS– If you want to try one of Grasshopper Manufacture’s visual novels but would prefer to play on a handheld, Flower, Sun, and Rain for the DS is for you! I don’t know much about it besides the fact that it’s described as unpredictable and “eccentric,” so suffice it to say I’m interested!

Let It Die

Let It Die (PS4) – If you want crazy hack and slash action but don’t have extra funds to spare, why not try Grasshopper Manufacture’s free-to-play title Let It Die? If the words “Finnish skateboarding grim reaper” sound intriguing, you may want to check this one out! After all, it’s free, so if you already have a PS4, you don’t have much to lose!

What Grasshopper Manufacture game will you be playing this month? Share your pick in the comments!

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.

  • Westraid

    Ah I really enjoyed playing Liberation Maiden. There’s a visual novel
    too, but sadly it doesn’t qualify for this month’s theme. My choice is
    Contact for the Nintendo DS! I got the game wayyy back but never
    completed it despite enjoying it at the time. The professor and his dog are so cute.
    The game doesn’t seem to be too long, so if I have time left I definitely want to try Flower, Sun and Rain.

    • Wow, I totally missed that they worked on Contact! I’ve always wanted to play that but I still haven’t picked up a copy… I should really try to knock something off my backlog, though, like Liberation Maiden! Look forward to hearing your impressions of your picks, as always!

  • Hey there, Anne! Like I mentioned on Twitter earlier, I think I’ll try to play Flower, Sun and Rain sometime this month. I know, I know, I know … I’ve said I would participate in past game-alongs and have rarely followed through on those promises, but I’m really going to try this time XD

    • Aw hey, don’t feel too bad! I often don’t even find time to participate myself, haha. I’m really curious to see what’s so eccentric about Flower, Sun, and Rain, though, so I would love to hear about it!

      • I think I’ll start playing it in a few days, Anne–fingers crossed! And if/when I do, I’ll let you and others know what’s so eccentric about it 😀

  • Meyneth

    Aw, no mention of Lollipop Chainsaw? That’s one of their best games thus far in my opinion – it’s horrendously cheesy and surprisingly addicting, and the characterisation isn’t as bad as it looks…Juliet is kinda like Bayonetta in that regard. Great voice acting, too!

    I am very tempted by The Silver Case, but I really don’t think the PS4 is a very good platform for visual novels…I’d rather curl up in my chair with my Vita, haha. That said, it IS on sale for the next 26 hours on Steam, so maybe I’ll crack…

    • Lollipop Chainsaw is definitely worth mentioning! I never can fit everything in my suggestions, so I always have to make a hard choice of what to pick >_< I usually try to include a range of genres, platforms, and price points, so I ultimately cut Lollipop since I had a lot of titles for PlayStation already.

      I definitely agree that visual novels are much more fun to play on the Vita! You could always use the remote play feature, which I honestly keep forgetting is an option so I still haven't tried it XD;;

  • Gonna try The Silver Case later on this month! 🙂