Today on Fund It Friday, we’ve found an ambitious project that blends aspects of many of our favorite games and nerd franchises.
A Credible Tale of Yokai, Robots, and the Lunar Tourist is the brainchild of Overclocked Games, and features a list of influences that reads like a red carpet guest list of ARPG, JRPG, and anime goodness. A few notable titles they list include Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Secret of Mana, and Chrono Trigger.
A Credible Tale of Yokai, Robots, and the Lunar Tourist has players building and defending a Japanese village against and onslaught of Yokai ghosts and spirits, who attack each night, hoping to steal away the Moon Princess who has taken refuge with your hero. By day, you will build up your town, including resource gathering, making your townsfolk happy, and exploring nearby regions for resources. By night, the Yokai will fall upon the town, and it will be up to you, your villagers, and your defenses to beat them back.
The game is presented
in hand drawn 3d graphics, and looks like a cross between A Link to the Past and Okami. While not groundbreaking, the visuals are pleasing to say the least, and remind me at times of Spirited Away, while also managing to evoke shades of DBZ. There also appears to be a fair amount of player input and customization, spanning from where you build certain buildings and defenses within your town, as well as a character advancement system that sounds fairly robust and chock full of options. Special moves and attributes seem to be able to be combined in unique ways, as well; during their KS video, we see a character perform a Turtle Hermit Beam Cannon. Master Roshi would be proud.
Sounds like quite the collection of strangely disparate yet appetizing features, right? Welp, hold on to your kasa, there is still one more surprise hidden in here. When getting resources for your village (to build defenses and keep your townsfolk happy), you have two options. The first option is passive collection, unlocked through by discovering nearby resources and then having your villagers harvest your find. Option 2 is a bit more involved; you can manually harvest the resource faster than your townsfolk, or engage in what is called “study grinding.” If you choose to study grind, you will be presented with a series of flash cards depicting kanji characters from the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). Correct answers net you resources, and the game remembers what you knew and what you struggled with, so it can continue to help you study. This inclusion is amazing in my mind, and just the sort of neat feature that only a medium like video games can accomplish.
Overclocked Games is local to the Pacific Northwest (our neck of the woods as well), and their ask seems very attainable at $27.9k. Ten bones are all that is required to get the game at launch, while higher pledges can get you alpha and beta access, along with some other cool perks (such as a custom bamboo practice sword at the $150 level). Their video is well done (it starts a bit slow, hang in past the 2 minute mark to get to the meat and potato….er, rice and sake), and the team is well spoken on its vision. Stop by their Kickstarter and throw them a few bucks; I think it will be worth your while.
Want more info? Visit www.acredibletale.com for even more media and whatnot.