Rice, Rice, Baby.
As comedian Mitch Hedberg once said: “Rice is great when you’re hungry and you want 2,000 of something.” You can buy it anywhere. Everywhere. But those grains don’t come from nowhere – they are grown in huge flooded paddy fields, filled with workers who painstakingly harvest the stalks, dry them on racks, hull them, and process them into white rice. It’s not a process many are familiar with, but every single grain of rice has been through it, and you just shovel 2,000 of them into your mouth like it doesn’t even matter. Rice just wants to feel appreciated, you know.
Enter Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, possibly the only ever game to lovingly recreate, with great care and attention to detail, the arduous task of rice farming. What’s more, it does so with the punishing addition of not actually telling you how to farm rice. At least, not in a tutorial. Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin doles out its information slowly, and secretly, in the form of NPC dialogue and hard-to-find scrolls that give more information. It also doesn’t tell you that, though.
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