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.
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.
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.
¡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 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.
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!
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
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
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!!
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
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.
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!
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! 😂