“Rain” is perhaps the most hauntingly beautiful game of 2013. Developed by Sony’s Japan Studio, it’s set in a darkened city and begins with a boy seeing the silhouette of an invisible girl in the rain. The boy follows the silhouette, turning into a shadowy form himself, and enters a mysterious invisible world, hoping to cross paths with the young girl, while avoiding the creatures that inhabit the unseen domain.
This is a platform game with puzzle-solving elements and an atmospheric twist: Only silhouettes can be seen — and only when it rains. When the boy walks under awnings, for example, players will have to watch his watery footprints to know his whereabouts.