Thursday, November 11, 2021

Check out the Yokai Encyclopedia!

Our Yokai Encyclopedia, containing a sample of the different kinds of Yokai you can expect to find in Yokai Scrolls, was published to yokaiscrolls.com late last night under the Explore section. Here's a sample pulled from the Encyclopedia called 垢嘗め (akaname):


Akaname are small goblin-like creatures about the size of a child with greasy hair, hunching posture, and a long sticky tongue. They are shy and tend to hide from humans, but are strongly attracted to the unsanitary conditions in unkempt bath houses and toilets where they will lick up the filth that accumulates there.

While they are not violent, their presence can spread disease so it is best to keep areas clean enough not to attract them. Any filthy area is likely to attract Akaname. Take care to clean your village as well, othwerwise you may start to find yokai like the Akaname spawning inside your village! When an Akaname does find its way inside, it may be difficult to catch as it sneaks its way around from one building to another scaring your villagers and reducing their genki levels. If a villager’s genki falls too low, they will be susceptible to disease which may even place their lives in danger!

垢舐めは髪が油っこく、猫背で子供ほどの大きさしかない舌の長い妖怪である。人を避けたがるが、人間がお風呂場や便所で残す汚れを好き好んで舐める。獰猛ではないものの、現る所に疫病を広めるので集まらない様に普段から身の回りの掃除を怠らない事が重要である。

垢舐めは汚い所に集まる。村を清潔に保たれなければ、村の中から湧き出る事になる。垢舐めに一度入られると、退治することは用意ではない。建物から建物の間をすり抜け、村人を恐怖させて元気が低迷してしまう。元気をあまり多く失った村人は簡単に病を患ってしまい、下手をすれば命にもかかわってしまう。


While it's still a work in progress we'll be continually adding to, this is meant to serve as a reference tool as you play to help you identify and locate all the different kinds of Yokai hidden away in the world.

The beta for Yokai Scrolls will begin opening up soon, and we can't wait to get your feedback as you hunt for Yokai!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Matsuri Minigame: Ochimusha Invasion!

We'd like to show off a sneak peek of one of the many Matsuri (Japanese festival) mini-games, accessible from within the Matsuri in Yokai Scrolls, called Ochimusha Invasion! Here it is in action:

Painful part time jobs for the villagers dressed as Ochimusha

Edutainment..? Game with embedded Edutunities? Philanthrotainment? What the heck is this thing?




In this post, I will be talking a little about how we plan to use our game as a way for people to learn about lesser known aspects of Japan.  Lesser known aspects of Japan that may soon die unless we can find a way to generate more interest for them.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Music and Sounds of Japan in Yokai Scrolls


Sound and music are some of the most powerful tools a game developer has at their disposal, capable of making or breaking a game mechanic or instilling flavor in a game world. In this post, we'll discuss some of the challenges we encountered regarding sound for Yokai Scrolls and how we came to the decisions we've made with regards to our sound direction so far in development.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Japanese Matsuri (festivals) in Yokai Scrolls

What is a Matsuri (祭り)

Matsuri is the word for festival in Japanese. It's an incredibly important word because of how integrated into the culture of Japan these festivals are on a local and national level. Each region, and almost every shrine has one of its own (or more) unique festivals that you simply cannot find anywhere else. In addition, there are several nationally recognized festivals such as 七夕 (tanabata--the star festival) or お盆 (obon--honoring ancestors) that everyone enjoys.

What does this have to do with Yokai Scrolls?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Art Direction and Inspiration of Yokai Scrolls:


Back in my day… Games were 2D and no one complained…

Our project has evolved over time as we incorporated and leveraged new technologies that became available to us, however, the one thing that never changed from day one was that we were going to set this game in Japan, referencing all sorts of things from Japan that we loved.  I can further elaborate on why we did this in a future post, however we will keep this post limited to the topic of the art style of Yokai Scrolls, the current evolution of our project formerly known as A Credible Tale of Yokai, Robots, and the Lunar Tourist


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Exploring VR development with the HTC Vive

Like many other indie developers who have had the pleasure of experiencing the latest generation of virtual reality technology, we believe that it has the potential to become the dominant medium for the future of gaming. In particular, we are extremely excited about the new possibilities created by the combination of room-scale and motion controllers when coupled with a high resolution HMD. For anyone who has yet to try out this magical combination of technologies in the form of the HTC Vive, I strongly urge you to take a trip to a local retailer who is demoing the Vive and experience it for yourselves.

As soon as I unboxed my Vive, set it up, and played through the tutorial I knew that I wanted to play Yokai Scrolls in VR. Convincing the rest of the team took even less effort than I expected -- each person who puts on the headset immediately "gets it". So with that said, I'd like to present to you folks a small preview of what I've been up to as the official VR development leg of Overclocked Games. But first, a small bit of clarification to set expectations.