In my extensive history with JRPGs I can safely say I have never experienced anything like this. By “extensive history”, I mean I’ve complained on the internet a lot and looked at screenshots. Still, there’s something about a sidekick called “Leg Horse” and a screaming monster giving helpful hints like “I HEAR THERE IS BLOOD IN BLOOD CAVE”.
Space Funeral is an absurd, completely nonsensical JRPG. You start off in a room with two monster-looking creatures and yourself apparently dead in a casket. When you move, your character is constantly crying from his misshapen head while moving about in a decidedly un-normal manner. One of the monsters politely tells you, “Your Mother and I think you should leave.” Then you’re off to a weird, weird world of adventure.
As a JRPG, the game is fairly standard, once you figure out what the hell “Bag of Blood” and several other oddly named items do. The unique and somewhat disturbing angle on this game is that the story seems to be complete nonsense, yet it all hangs together. A random passerby will say something completely incomprehensible to you, yet you know that they are a random NPC giving you helpful hints. Sure enough, later you will run into exactly what they were saying. It sticks to the genre staples so vehemently that the complete nonsense layer painted on top doesn’t prevent you from understanding the game.
The music and level design are just as nonsensical. At one point, one of the music tracks is just a woman speaking poetry aloud. The companion you find, “Leg Horse” is literally a horse made of human legs. Everything in the scenery—rocks, trees, cacti—they all have faces. It becomes unsettling or hilarious after a while, depending on your slant.
Epilepsy Warning: The game seems to have a bug where the screen flashes. A lot. Just be wary if you suffer from epilepsy.
Why You Should Check This Out: If you’ve ever wanted to see the contention that “story doesn’t matter in games” laid out all in one JRPG, this is it. With completely nonsensical story, art, and music while mechanics still strictly adhere to JRPG cliches, this game seems to make no sense. But in a way it still does, thanks to the very traditional mechanics. Plus, who doesn’t want to fight a Ground Shark?