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Tong Nou, according to the introduction of this game, is a Far Eastern island. Per the legend, once a year Tong Nou devours the soul of humans. Rin, a young man, decides to travel to Tong Nou to recover his missing soul. He is given a temporary soul for 49 days to use while he gets his own soul back. Is Eastern Mind the strangest game I have ever played? Absolutely. Was I mesmerized by its strangeness? You betcha.
Eastern Mind can be a lot of fun, but it took me less time to complete than I had hoped. That's OK with me, since we don't have to pay for it, but for those of you who do, I don't know if I can/should recommend it. In many ways, it's good, but it's probably lacking in just as many. Truthfully, its appeal will depend completely depend on the tastes of the person playing it. Either use your judgement, or a small portion of that million bucks your uncle Joe left you in his will. Try to try before you buy.
A game in which you search for your lost soul on an island that takes the shape of a giant green head, and in which you must die and be reincarnated 9 times in order to succeed, is different to say the least. From the mind of Osama Sato, a Japanese artist and composer of some note, Eastern Mind offers something truly different, but in the end comes up short.