Sigono Inc., recently known as Team Signal, released a plot driven third-person adventure game for mobile called Opus: Rocket of Whispers on September 14, 2017. As you follow John, a survivor of an apocalyptic plague, you encounter the lost souls of the deceased who wish to be reunited with the stars. Fei, a witch and priests of a lost religion, has made it her duty to help these souls find rest and bring peace to John’s haunted mind. John and Fei must work together to build the perfect rocket to launch these souls into space. John is in charge of collecting materials from the deserted towns around them. John listens to the ghosts as he encounters them and picks up side quests to help appease the restless souls. Fei then uses the materials to build the rockets, which haven’t been successful thus far. As you further your journey with John and Fei you uncover backstory through flashbacks, items (such as newspapers), and dialogue.
The gameplay is very smooth for a mobile game. When playing as John you have an aerial view of the map. You tap and drag to control John’s movement and you tap actions as they appear. While looking for materials you will search building in the surrounding towns and factories. You have a 24 hour day but once it starts to get dark it is hard for John to work because the restless souls become very active. After scavenging for the day you will return to the rocket factory which is Fei and John’s home base. From there you will either tap Fei’s wrench above her head to continue working on building the rocket for the space burial. Or you will tap John’s wrench. John must build tools and supplies to survive the harsh conditions he faces on his expeditions. John can also work on fixing the objects the dead have lost to complete side quests. John must also collect material to complete these tasks as well.
This game is visually and auditorily astounding. Before the main menu there is a screen stating that headphones are advised and I highly advise it as well. The music and sounds are very well rendered and very immersive. As the snow gets heavier you can hear the crunching of snow under John’s feet and as the day drags on the whispers of the ghosts get louder. The sound track is on sale and can be found in the cart tab during game play. The art style is very appealing and soft which contrasts to the cold abandoned world that the characters live in.
The demo of the game is free and only unlocks the partial game. If you wish to uncover the whole game it’s a $1.99. For a little bit more you can purchase support and lots of support. These include different outfits for John and Fei and a cat and dog to keep them company. Other in game purchases include soul stones which are needed to complete John’s side quests.
Sigono Inc. released a game prior to this one titled Opus: the Day We Found Earth. It is based in the same world and due to the immense praise was the inspiration for Opus: Rocket of Whispers which is more focused on the religious beliefs for this world that was introduced in the first game. You do not need to play the original Opus to play Rockets of Whispers but if you enjoy the art style, story development, and game play of Rocket of Whispers than I highly suggest taking a look at The Day We Found Earth. It’s demo is also free but requires in game purchases to unlock the full version.
Opus: Rocket of Whispers was a Indie Awards Finalist at Momocon 2017.