- Explore and collect
Opus: Echo of the Song of the Stars is a visual novel and exploration game from SIGONO, and another entry in their acclaimed sci-fi drama series. It follows Jun’s exploits through her memories of a galactic mining rush, time spent with space witch Eda, and the fortunes and tragedies that have befallen them throughout life.
Opus is driven by both interactive visual novel elements and exploration, through map exploration, resource hunting, and puzzles. The multiple levels of interaction mean that Opus has a deeper gameplay experience than many visual novels, and needing some pointers on where to start isn’t unexpected.
To make choices
Choices in the main narrative path generally relate to how the characters interact in the moment, as well as the potential to earn us unlockable resources and memories. The main plot itself follows a path and shouldn’t give you too much thought the choice. Similarly, losing your life takes you to your final autosave as Jun, now elderly, clearly remembers that’s not what actually happened.
The the choices that occur in optional explorations are similar, having little impact on how the characters interact. They are plus an opportunity to earn rewards and souvenirswhile shaping your view of Jun and Eda’s stories.
Choices when encountering pirates and other groups looking to attack depend on the mechanics of your ship’s resilience (armor level) or your ability to jam signals. Using the signal jammer is potentially the riskiest option, but can avoid any damage. It activates a random mini-game that pits your jammer’s number range against a fixed challenge number. Your scanner then “rolls” and the highest number wins, meaning you can escape without collision or cost.
Navigating passing areas often means straying from a left-to-right path and up or down ladders – or even back and forth, deeper into space. There will always be something in the caves that points directly to what to do next.
If stuck, remember that progress could rely on interacting with a door, lumen seal, ladder, or cliff. It’s important to use Jun’s curiosity for objects when walking around.
On the galactic map, navigate by moving your pointer to a location and hovering it directly over that location to see if you can reach it in one motion, or if you will need a pit stop. You’ll also need a decoded signal and range to get there, so you can’t just fly free.
You’ll need a full tank to make a few trips and allow for full exploration, so it is advisable to always refuel at any trading post.
Explore and collect
Pay attention to the interaction points which appear as a dot in a white circle as you walk around. These aren’t just interactive items, but they can also lead to memorabilia to collect, such as the many ancient seals you come across in caves.
Keep an eye out for blue plants once you get the eco scanner, which makes Lumen Plants available to collect while exploring. Be sure to pick some up, because they can sell for a good price, are needed in certain interactions, and unlock souvenirs as you find them.
Heading to points between coordinate checkpoints lets you find things like ship spares to use in upgrades, as well as fuel and money for ships. It is wise to use exploration kits that you collect and buy. These stops will also sometimes be necessary, as your target may be out of range.
If you come across interactions that require items you don’t have, you can come back later with those materials found while exploring.
In general, you should look to upgrade as soon as possible. This way you will be able to upgrade the power of your signal modifier right from the start. This makes it much harder to crack and more likely to let you through undetected areas.
Ability to upgrade early depends on exploring areas between checkpoints, as well as the optional areas indicated at checkpoints often, to collect the specific materials needed. Note that the game limits the discovery of certain upgrade items to later areas. so you’re unlikely to find these specialist parts crucial early on.
Upgrading ship armor depends on having damaged armor in your inventoryso it may be worth hitting if you don’t find any while exploring.
Use star songs
To open a door with a song of stars, you need to match the length and spread of the song’s peaks to the pattern on the doorthen resonate.
As for the incomplete starong gates, the transmutation chambers align the lines of resonance with the symbols present on the gate, as if the complete image is there.
To resonate with the ship’s coordinator, make sure the correct starong element is centered when Eda sings on the bridge, listening for similarity by bringing each element closer to the center.
Some doors require two songs, and you will have to choose those that correspond to the areas of the seal. If you haven’t done so already, you’ll probably need to pick one up from the specific cave that has the multi-song door.
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