A few of us here at Popzara have known about and played some of the Touhou Project games for quite some time now. I would’ve never thought in a million years we’d get a point-and-click game from this franchise, yet here we are with 3rd Eye. Fans of the series and the genre will want to keep all three of their eyes on this title.
The story follows a young girl named Koishi, who is lost both physically and mentally, causing her to be locked away in a mental institution and left to rot. If that morbid introduction wasn’t enough for you, it becomes more disturbing as she has a third eye that allows her to see people and hidden things in the world as they truly are. She’ll need this ability to escape and figure out what caused her mental breakdown as she works her way through one twisted scenario after another to put the pieces together.
Anyone familiar with point-and-click titles will feel right at home here, as you’ll guide Koshi around to pick up items she’ll need to either solve puzzles or give to other people she comes across in order to proceed to the next obstacle in her way. Thankfully her third eye makes this a little easier by showing off hidden clues and items on the screen. Of course there’s a caveat to this as if you use the eye too much, it will dry out and become bloodshot. You’ll need to balance using the eye and finding special eye drops to restore it in your quest for the truth.
For it to be such as simple game, I had a bit of fun trying to solve puzzles and using the eyes to find items and other hidden things. Some of the people you come across can only be accessed when it using the eye, and it’s sometimes both funny and disturbing to use it on people to see their skeleton or other creepy things they’re hiding from you.
When you start this one up, the first thing you’ll notice is the unique artstyle it has. It took some getting used to, but you’ll find yourself digging it once you do. The audio side of things isn’t bad as the wild and wonky music will keep you in the groove as you play. Sadly there are some issues I came across in my playthrough, such as some of the text in the game not being translated or done so properly as sometimes the text dialogue will scroll off the screen. Hopefully this will be patched soon as it tends to make some of the quests more difficult than they should be.
Text issues aside, if you’re looking for a twist on the point-and-click genre and especially if you’re a fan of the Touhou series, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for 3rd Eye. Wacky but cool artwork and some equally different music bring this odd tale to life on PC for now as it’ll come home to haunt the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch later this year.