A Credible Tale of Yokai, Robots, and the Lunar Tourist is, at its core, an action RPG with a tower defense twist. Developer Overclocked Games has stated that the gameplay is inspired by classics like Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana, while the story is inspired by Japanese folklore.
The game has both a night and day cycle. During the day cycle, players can build traps and defenses, explore their surroundings, and uncover secrets that will help them prepare for the impending fight with the yokai (a supernatural being). Each type of yokai is unique, and each has a specific object and resource either repels or attracts them. This mechanic allows players to lure the yokai down a specific path, leading them to their demise. The materials required for the traps and lures will need to be collected when the player is out in the wild.
Players can’t just rely on defensive structures; they need to tap into combat skills, as well. Players control Hiro and his companions, P.O.P.S. and Kaguya. The companions can be played by friends via local multiplayer – otherwise, they’re controlled by AI. Combat in the game can be customized to fit the player’s style, whether it’s charging in with fists of fire, or wading into the thick of the fight clad in armor and wielding weapons. Certain skills can be gained through progression of the story, or the player can equip a certain item for skills specific to that item.
A Credible Tale of Yokai, Robots, and the Lunar Tourist will be released late 2016 on Windows PC, Linux and Mac. To learn more about the game visit the official website, like the game’s page on Facebook, and follow on Twitter. To back the game, visit the Kickstarter or the Steam Greenlight page. To learn more about Overclocked Games, visit their website.