I thought we had said good-bye to Umihara Kawase. After all, the last game in the series was initially known as Yumi’s Odd Odyssey in the west, but it was later re-released under its Japanese name: Sayonara Umihara Kawase. That sounded pretty final, yet here we are, six years later, and a new game has been released in the series.
Umihara Kawase Fresh is the latest game to star the titular swinging fisherman, Kawase. It’s a fresh start for the series, as the gameplay has been taken and shaken up. Rest assured that the same bouncy elastic physics are still here. However, everything wrapped around that classic core has been rejiggered into something new.