A downloadable game for Windows

Fear and anxiety prevail after the darkest tales from Japanese folklore come to life in this first-person psychological horror game. Set in a feudal era, Ikai revolves around the priestess of a shrine struggling to defeat the spirits of her past and her present.


This demo is meant to show you a sneak peek of the final game.  Full game will come out January 2022 for PC, PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch.

The guys from @endflamestudio


Ikai embodies the spirit of the classical psychological horror genre with a defenceless main character incapable of attacking the evil creatures. However, it explores a new sense of horror by making the player face the threats directly neither fleeing nor attacking.

Every mechanic of the game is meant to raise this relatable feeling of helplessness and create a tense atmosphere. The slow, precise and natural movements as a way of interaction resemble real life’s to foster immersion in the uncanny world of Ikai.

  • FEAR: Experience the horror in first-person by the hand of Japanese spirits, monsters and yokais


  • EXPLORATION: Wander around a feudal shinto shrine and explore to unveil the story behind Naoko, the main character


  • DRAWING: Concentrate on drawing protective seals over the strange sounds and events happening around


  • PUZZLES: Pit your wits against the several puzzles that will try to stop you


  • STEALTH & RUN: Be silent, do not disturb the evil… Or just run, run away from it all, if you can…


Endflame is a small team of three indie devs making a Japanese horror game.

  • Writing and design - Laura Ripoll
  • Art - Iván Pérez 
  • Programming - Guillem Travila



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We hope you enjoy playing our demo. We'd love to see your feedback and Gameplay videos on the comments!

The guys from @endflamestudio

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Version 1.6 Oct 15, 2021

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This game looks phenomenal and it's optimized incredibly well. This project is definitely in the hands of capable people. I have to admit that I prefer the old prototype demo over this new one. The prototype was dirty, unknown, and it had a conclusive end where as in this new demo, the atmosphere feels way too clean, the character we control seems to understand everything, knows where to go, and nothing dangerous really happens during the demo. 

I think the new voice actress does an incredible job and had a great performance, but I believe the old VA was more fitting for this game despite the worse performance.  I definitely have lots of conflicting views with this new demo, but I am excited to see the finished product next week. 

Thanks for making games!

That was such a cool start to the horror game. I really want to see what monsters exist in the game, especially after seeing those flailing hands greeting me in the first hall. 

It felt strange sitting at the table writing the ward, it was as if at any moment, the monster that I saw skulking about would attack me.

I really can’t wait for the full game, the trailer at the end of the demo looks like there are so many cool moments still to come.

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¡Me HA ENCANTADO! El terror japonés es de las experiencias que más disfruto en los juegos. Espero mi vídeo tenga buen recibimiento. Si llegamos a los 100 likes : Juego la version completa. ¡Gracias a los creadores!
¡I LOVED it! Japanese horror is one of the experiences I enjoy most in games. I hope my video is well received. If we get to the 100 likes : Play the full version. Thanks to the creators!

I LOVE IT!!!Can#t wait for the Release of this Game ;)

Awesome game!!! ✌✌✌✌✌


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I really want to like this, as I am interested in Japanese folklore and love the Fatal Frame series.  However, I just have way too many issues.

I could never get a respectable framerate without dropping the settings to the very lowest, which of course kills the atmosphere.  My computer is a couple years old, but I have run better looking stuff at 60FPS with no problem, so I don't know if it's an engine issue or if the game is poorly optimized.

The pacing is not very good.  After 15 minutes of trying to figure out what to do, I had to watch a video to figure out where to find the coin, and then it took another ten minutes of wandering and opening random doors to find the library, and THEN another few minutes to find the brush.  And of course, as I grab the brush, she says "Maybe it's on a higher shelf." Yes, it was.

And finally, I have to search for another random objective in the mansion while now there is a random ghost that is hard to avoid and seems to sense me from no matter where.

I like the concept a lot, so I'm going to keep an eye on this project, but right now I can't see myself playing it in the current state.

Hello there!
About the coin, once you go upstairs and dont find it, if you try to go again downstairs she said where is the coin. 
I dont know maybe it was a bug or you didn't notice.

THIS GAME! I tell you, this game... I am on board to doing a full game playthrough. I was immersed and frightened the whole time! Even when there weren't any threats around me in some areas, the feeling that anything could go bad at any time kept me interested! Love what you created, keep it up!

This was definitely spooky, I loved it! 

NOW THIS IS HORROR! CANT WAIT FOR THE FULL GAME!

Thanks for playing! Hope to see you play the full game :)

This JAPANESE KIJO HORROR Is Going To Be AMAZING!

The demo update is here!

Thank you for playing! Hope you liked it :)

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I'm excited for the demo update! i'll be playing tonight! can't wait to see what ya'll did!

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This was a great choice for my first horror game on my channel!! :D Every creak and noise left me on edge. Hope I'll have enough to purchase the full game! 10\10!

We are honored to be the first horror game on your channel :D
Thank you very much for playing!!!

Very good! Can't wait to play the full game! 

Thank you! The full game will come this October. We'll be happy to see you paying :D

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Yes, i have it on my wishlist! :)

First, The game Looks amazing, it looks really good and well polished. Second, This game is WAYYY too scary. I haven't been scared like this in a bit. 10/10!!

Hahahaha thank you very much! Hope you are able to finish the game, you almost got the seal finished on time. Remember, the library is not safe to write the seal. Better chose another location ;)

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Thanks for the info, will try it again and hopefully beat it this time.

This is one the scariest games iv played just coz I played it at 2am. Cant wait for the games release!

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2 am is the best time to play horror games :) thank you very much for playing!

Hi, your game is very scary! I had a lot of fun playing and can’t wait to see how the finished game turns out :)

Thank you very much :D Glad you enjoyed playing it. Nice video :)

Please watch it and subscribe!

Thank you for playing! Hope you had a great time :)

My friends and I played this for a Random Horror Game video! Fantastic Job!

Hope you guys had fun! Thank you very much for playing :D

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This game was pretty terrifying. Very well done, and looking forward to the full version!

Thank you so much for playing! Really appreciate the comments at the end of the video :D

Awesome Game. 5/5

5/5 wow! Thank you so much!

waiting for more. :)

there will be more :D
during this year we will release the full game on Steam

And send me a free copy of it. :D

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Thanks for playing! Hope you liked it :D

my gameplay 

at the scene drawing the talisman im tyring with my drawing pad/pen tab

Hey! Drawing with a pen tab doesn't work quite well with the version of the demo. We already fixed this problem,  and won't be an issue for the final game ;)

wow nice ah ya btw for the final game is it will be free to play ?

No, sorry. The final game will be on Steam for you to buy it. Final price hasn't been decided yet.

amazing game I played this in one of my random horror games I really like the game and the stress you feel when you have to draw and try to not die at the same time was definetly effective. Excited for the full release 

Thank you so much! We're glad you liked the game :D

Everyone's saying the full game will be released soon and now i'm torn between playing the demo or not because I kinda want to just experience it in one go!

Hey HoneyHaunting! The full game will be released along 2021, there is still plenty of time until release. Also, the full game will be different from the demo.
It's up to you to wait until full release or try the demo now :P

Ikai had some  good creeps :D i definitly will look forward to the full version. Liked it!

Thank you! The full version will come with even more creeps :D

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My god, my wallet is so READY to buy this game when it comes out. The atmosphere is AMAZINGLY creepy. The sfx is on point!! It gives me the chills and that's what I want from a horror game! The story and concept are so interesting and I can't wait for the full release. I'm glad I streamed this to save my favorite moments! Thank you  for making such an amazing demo!!

https://youtu.be/9ZPyVztqqI4

Thank you so much! It makes us very happy to hear that :D
Nice compilation video, we love to see players reactions!

I just finished the demo and as others have pointed out, is just about perfect. A couple of things I'd like to see with the game are;

• Having a native Japanese voice actor (not the high pitch ones)

and/or

• Having a native Japanese voice actor speaking English 

I'm sure the current voice is only temporary, but it really does detract from some of the immersion.

Secondly, some of the language used in the voice over and letters aren't very period correct. Such as "...and I've messed it up" just doesn't feel right. 

But apart from those, a very well done!

Thank you for pointing these things out. We'll take them into account for the final game.
For the voice over we are planning to hire a professional voice actor (in native Japanese). The voice of the demo was done by ourselves as the budget didn't allow to hire a professional yet.

As for the language used, we will review it for the final game and we will make changes to be accurate with the history period. Very well found, we didn't thought on that, thanks! :D

Very nice atmosphere, and the anxiety doesn't take away from the game at all, which is pretty unique for a horror game. I really liked it! Also, folklore games are always so interesting to me.

Thank you! With this demo we wanted to test if the atmosphere is right as well as other things. I guess it is ;)
We'll try to keep it that way in the full game

I need this game to come out ASAP, it was so good!!! 

Hahahaha, you'll have to wait until the full game comes out. We'll do our best to have it ASAP!!!

こんにちは、和風ホラーのジワジワした感じの怖さがとてもよかったです

実況させていただきました!

製品版楽しみにしています!https://youtu.be/5_96b1fUmP0

Hello, thanks for playing! :)

Definitely going to be a scary game, I look forward to it.

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We'll try to make it as scary as possible ;)
Thanks for playing!

This not only got the best scare outta me on my channel so far (I needed a min afterwards lol), it was rly good overall & kept me anxious the entire demo. Can't wait to see more!

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Hahahaha. Take your time, more scares will come in the full game :D
Thanks for playing!

awesome demo! cant wait to play the full game. i would rate this 8/10

Thanks for playing! We'll keep working so you can give us a 10/10 when the full game releases :D

nice game :D <3

Thank you :)

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Oh gosh i love Japanese Folklore and I think Ikai does an amazing job in scaring you but with also paying respekt to Japanese culture!I got to say I love it and I cant wait to see more of it!


Great video! Thanks for playing Ikai :D

I played through the demo and actually uploaded my gameplay to my channel. Before I say anything about the game, I would love to see a plushie of the Yokai clutching a little bell. That would be an instant sell for me. I actually had a great time with this demo. The atmosphere and sound design were phenomenal. You had me trembling and jumping at every little sound, I was a child. I will say that the voice acting could use a bit of improvement in clarity, but I didn't mind it overall. For what is available here, I am incredibly impressed, with it being from such a small team. I can not wait for more. Thank you for this! The Yokai swiping at the bell was actually quite adorable, by the way.

Thanks for playing and for the feedback! We didn't though about doing merchandising of Ikai, but Kijo's plushie playing with the bell will definitely be on our list ;) 

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Thank you for making such a great little demo! I would definitely have to buy one if you did decide to go that route! Thank you for your response, I greatly appreciate it! I look forward to whatever comes next!

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Played your game demo at the weekend guys, video just released. My gosh, it was terrifying! I've not played many horrors granted, but your game audio scared the hell out of me! The graphics were great, but your sound engineer deserves an award! I was a little disappointed I didn't get the jumpscare, so much so I went back and played it again purposely provoking her into attacking me so I could add it into my video. Haha. Still scared me then! LOL. Well done guys. Genuinely the best horror I've played yet. Such an amazing experience, I will absolutely be checking out and covering your full game. I will be stocking up on pants first though! 😂

Thank you so much for playing! If you finished the game without the jumpscare, it means you played well! We can't wait to see you play the full game (although we have to finish it first xD )

ME HA GUSTADO, los sonidos están muy bien trabajados y causan mucho estrés, enorabuena al equipo de Barcelona.

I LOVED it, the sounds are very well worked and cause a lot of stress, I praise the Barcelona team.

[ES] Muchas gracias! Seguiremos trabajando en los sonidos para que sean aún más espeluznantes :S

[EN] Thank you so much! We'll keep working to make the sounds even more spooky :S

Good job i had to take a break mid video because i was so scared lmao

Hahahah. Good idea to take a break and relax. Glad you finished it! Btw, I love the miniature of the video <3

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lmao yeah i was on edge. hope you liked it and thanks for watching! and thanks

This game was terrifying and one of the best horror experiences I've had in a while!

Glad you like it! It's a pity  that the audio didn't record :(

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That's my fault, my recording software reset my audio to default and I didn't notice...

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