An Example Of The Games In Game x Comic, Imaginary Range

By Ishaan . May 3, 2011 . 11:41pm

This week, Square Enix updated their Imaginary Range website with information and videos of the “game x comic,” which is still on track for a May 5th release.


If you missed the news, Imaginary Range is an iOS and Android project, in development at h.a.n.d. (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days) and supervised by some of Square Enix’s main staff, that mixes game elements with a digital comic. As you read through the story, you’ll have to play games and find items hidden in panels to progress through certain scenes. Here’s an example of one such game, titled OmegaBlast:



In OmegaBlast, the objective is to nail as many enemies as you can with each shot. Shooting a whole bunch triggers an explosion. The more you blow up at once, the higher your score goes.


Imaginary Range has two protagonists: Cid (age 27) and Ciela (age 19). Cid is described as a “technician,” but Square say you’ll have to play the game to see just what kind of technician he is. Ciela, who’s his partner, is the heroine of Imaginary Range and despite the fact that she’s lively, she has plenty of worries.


Cid is often the subject of Ciela’s anger, owing to his glib nature and lack of attachment to anything, Square say.



Another character is Rapunzel, simply described as “a woman with some connection to Cid”. She looks a little like Samus, doesn’t she? A fourth image shows “Cid’s antagonists,” a creepy-looking bunch, including what looks like a pair of twin kids.


Back when the website for Imaginary Range first launched, the game’s tagline was: “Hearts that rend the world apart”. Square Enix say you’ll discover the meaning of this line by playing the app. If you’re curious, here’s a video of the comic aspect of the game.

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  • Balmung

    Might Cid be an airship technician? lol game doesnt look too bad

  • PrinceHeir

    looks like a fun time waster ^^

  • Kibbitz

    Rapunzel looks more like long-haired Aya Brea to me.

    • All I see is Cloud now.

      • Kibbitz

        Were you playing FFVII recently?

  • If this is a visual novel, then having its layout a la American comic books/Japanese manga (take your pick) would be an interesting execution and addition to VN’s, the spiritual successor of adventure games of yore.

    • i know theres at least 1 Visual Novel in manga/comic style
      the title is Quartett made by littlewitch
      eets translated

    • Guest

      At least this has gameplay which most VN do not

  • SeventhEvening

    Sounds almost exactly like the concept behind Dead Space Ignition. Ignition was a digital comic that you had to play small games in order to progress in. You also chose different paths to alter the course of the story.

    Problem was, Ignition existed only to increase hype for Dead Space 2, so it delivered DLC upon completion. For 5 dollars you got a digital comic x mini-games plus DLC. It was mostly worth it for the DLC, something Imaginary Range lacks.

    I’d have a hard time convincing myself that Imaginary Range was worth it without more information on the story or a price point at or under 5 dollars.

    • According to the official blog, it’s a free app. Does that help?

  • malek86

    Looks like it’s available on iOs now. The Android release is not ready, but still slated for May. It will be in english too. I’m definitely trying this.

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