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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!


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.

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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! 😂

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.

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...

It's pretty long for a demo, but was still good. The noise got me EVERY single time! LOVED the atmosphere, really. Cannot wait for the full game to come out. Will most definitely play it. Here's a video of my play-through of it. Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

-Smooches, XxMelodicaxX

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

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Nono, thank you for the spooks!

A fantastic demo littered with folklore ( you need to play it a few times to find them all it seems) The atmosphere is great and puts you on edge as you hear random creaks and building ambience throughout the temple and ghastly breaths and cries as you panic to scribe a seal of protection to nullify a certain item (not going to spoil what is in the game)

There are a few minor critiques, the first is the click and drag for objects , whilst it adds a sense of depth like you are physically opening something it does not behave well for some interactions (such as opening lantern cages) 

 The Second is the voice acting seems a little flat and it felt like it needed a little more emotion behind it especially when first finding the cursed item the character should be a lot more scared or in a panic and also when the narrative tells the character to wake up it should have more sense of urgency, but these are only minor critiques to what is a very interesting and unique game.

Overall it is a solid demo and nicely done, it will be interesting to see where this game goes as it develops on.

Thanks for playing and for the feedback! We'll take a look at the interaction to see why it doesn't behave well in some situations. As for the voice acting, we did it ourselves for the demo but we plan to hire a professional voice actress for the full game, so expect to be totally different :D

Yep. Another video of this demo. I think it's an excelent game cause its  atmosphere and topic, just have some flaws in sound, but I see other people liked them, so may be it's just me. I like it in overall terms. Keep the good work! (Yeah, I clicked the add to wishlist button!)

Thank you for playing and wishlisting the game! Great video, plus it's in catalan!

Amazing game with very good graphics and concept. The monster kill screen and animation was a bit iffy but everything else was perfect. 

Thanks for playing! Yes, the killing animation needs more iterations. We'll have it ready for the full game :D

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This was a really good horror game. The graphics, voice acting, and atmosphere made this a great horror experience. There were some things that could be improved but considering this is a prototype they're mostly minor things that could be easily fixed. Overall this was a good and spooky horror game and I can't wait to see the full version. I made a gameplay video with a review of the game near the end if you're interested in watching. Thank you for your time and have a great day!

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Thanks for your feedback! We'll take it into account for the full game ;)

This game made my balls feel things

Regardless, thanks for the great demo dev's!
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Thanks to you for playing!

This game had me right on edge for the entire demo! The constant creeping horror, the nerve-jangling sound effects and the feeling that you could die at any moment make this an experience quite unlike anything I've come across in a long time!

I honestly can't find fault with what there is on offer so far, everything ticked along very nicely, the puzzles were intuitive and easy to get to grips with and I left absolutely terrified! So, mission accomplished I'd say!

Absolutely can't wait to see more of this, I know I'll be getting spooked right out of my pants again soon!

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Glad that you liked it! And thanks for the feedback, we would keep working hard so the game doesn't lose the essence of the demo. Hope to see you playing the full game :) 

You def have something here! I really appreciate the amount of work that has already been invested. It makes for an interesting demo with minor refinement needed. What I would suggest is if an object can be interacted with, but isn't needed to progress the story, at least make it so you can carry it with you. Instead of a pointless 'pick up object, look at it, then put it back down' scenario with every thing you interact with. Lastly, make sure the audio assets are blended seamlessly and smoothly. I'm looking forward for when this is in Early Access!

Great work!

Thanks for all your feedback! We'll take it into account for the full game. 

Hey man, Love the game! It's nice to see such a rich folklore to be brought back in the limelight, even more so in the form of a scary game! :D

The voice acting was really good, and the graphics and the timing of the scares were top notch! Congrats man :)

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Wow, we're really flattered. Thank you for your nice comment :D

Great video btw!

Greatest Japanese Game ever played, Jump scare is so nice that made me jump of my chair. I give it a 5 star. Thanks for the game

Nice video! Thanks for the rating :)

thanks is game going to be free when it comes out? I'm ready to play it when it comes out

The game is gonna be paid. The exact price is not decided yet. You'll be able to buy it on Steam or Itchio.

Noise and silence... they go so well together. The demo for Ikai is genuinely scary. At times, you’ll be thankful you don’t hear anything. But moments later, the silence begins to deafen. You almost WANT to hear something in hopes your feeling of isolation leaves your soul. That is, until you actually hear something...

That’s the back-and-forth I felt while playing the demo. It looks great, and the audio compliments the visuals to create a chilling atmosphere. But by far, my greatest fear came true when I discovered that I wasn’t...

Well, just try this already. You won’t regret it.

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Thank you so much for your kind words :)
We believe that sounds and silence together can be scary without the need of a background music to tell you how you should feel. That's something we want to keep for the full game and hopefully, accomplish the same effect as with the demo.

This game was great!

One thing that really gets me is effective sound use! And the sound design and the way it's used in this game is awesome! I can't wait for the full release!

Keep up the great work!

Here's my playthrough for anyone interested (time stamps in the description):

Thanks for playing! Glad you liked the sound design, we put a lot of effort in it! Although it still needs some little tweaks :)

I found IKAI an interesting genre of a horror survival game I would also like to point out the dialogue was simple yet effective. I did not really know what to expect with all the sudden jump scares in all the rooms and the sound effects kept me guessing where another ghost might appear. lol, I’m keen to see the final version of this game upon its release in 2021 and I think this game gives the horror genre a fresh outlook into survival horror games on Japanese legends and folklore.

We wanted to have some sort of dialogue to guide the player through the story but without being too intrusive, glad you liked it. And thanks for playing :D

Very well made game! The ambiance and noises really made you feel like someone was always next to you! Well definitely check out the full game on release!

Happy that you liked it! Hope to see you playing the full game :)

I finished it, well worth the effort! The video at the end was also really pretty 😁

Hahahaha, thank you so much for finished it!

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Damn, this game has buckets of atmosphere. Very creepy and helps sell the whole "alone in a temple" vibe.

However, I do think that the ambient sound effects may have been a bit too intrusive in that they seemed to play so frequently as to become distracting. One sound effect in particular sounds very much like a door being slid open/closed. While that set me on edge initially because I thought "Crap! There's something nearby that can open doors!", eventually it just became irritating as it was then a sound effect with no source or cause for concern. It lessened the impact of the audioscape for me by the end.

Still, overall, the game was good enough to make me stealth mode 95% of the run, so that's gotta count for something! 😁

Thank you for your feedback! You're right, we need to adjust the frequency of some sounds. That's something we will keep in mind for the full game :)

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Would I go back? Yes. I'm definitely keeping my eye on this one!

Thank you! If you don't mind, we're curious about why the gameplay is in black and white. Did you edited the video or you played like this? Did you had any problems with the game because of that?

Oh no, that's just a thematic element I use for this particular channel. I'm glad to have had a friend with me, because it scared me out of my wits. I've played a lot of these games and I've got to say this one felt really unique. 

I like this game format a lot. Instead of just throwing a monster at the player, it becomes an educational experience. There's a game called Pamali with a similar approach that teaches you about the lore behind the monster, as well, and it kind of walks you through another culture's mythology, and explains how the monster became a restless spirit. It creates sympathy and changes the dynamic from "I have to kill this thing" to "I need to help them find peace." Great start, looking forward to more!

Glad you liked it :D
Pamali has been a reference to us of how it explains Indonesian folklore through a horror game. We wanted to do something similar but with Japanese folklore

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Can't wait to see what you do with it next!

Love love loved this demo experience! So many creepy moments, and honestly, I loved the sound design within this game. Well done and can’t wait for the full game!

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Glad you loved it :D
Hope to see you playing the full game!

Loved the setting Japanese Horror has always been really good in my book!

Thanks for playing! Glad you liked it :D

Great game!! Some constructive criticism: The jumpscares are too long, if there's a way to make them shorter, then great! Loved the atmosphere and all the background noise! Can't wait for more monsters.

Thanks for the feedback! We received several complains about the jumpscares being too long, we will make them shorter for the full game ;)

Enjoyed game a lot and will be waiting till full  release 

Thanks! Hope you enjoy the full game as much :)


I loved it, the story was another level, it left me wanting more and I look forward to the full game .. just excellent :) (the gameplay is in spanish jaja)
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Thank you! Great video, love the title XD

Absolutely loved this game!  Can't wait to see what the full game offers (;

Thank you! The full game will offer more yokais, more creepy things and more fun!!

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Absolutely beautiful!!! The atmosphere was sooooo good, that I properly spooked!! I'm gonna have to give it another go so I don't succumb to the spirit. 

Give it another go, don't let the spirit wander around the shrine. You need to purify it! :D

I loved the look and the sound effects were awesome! I'm definitely going to have another go and try to do better 😁💪

Thank you very much! Hope you give it another go and finish it.
Let us know what you think when you do it ;)

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The winky face makes me worried 😂

Awesome demo! Great environment that had me paranoid and creeped out before I even saw anything. 

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Hahahah, thank you! Great video :)

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thanks!

(Start 11:49) This was one of the scariest games i've ever played!

Thanks for trying Ikai :)

phantastic atmosphere! Cool game. I enjoyed this let‘s play and am looking forward to play the full version myself!

Thank you so much! Hope to see you play the full version :)

the mask was the most terrifying part, and i cant wait for more

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

Really enjoyed the game, loved the Japanese themed/scenery, gives it that extra spookinest to it. Feel free to check out my gameplay of the game 

Thank you so much for playing! Glad you liked the Japanese theme :)

Super creepy demo! Great voice acting. Great visuals. Loved the monster. 

Thank you! Glad that you liked it :)

I'm going to be honest, I love the atmosphere, graphics, design, sound effect, story, and voice acting, this game is just beautiful, can't wait for the full release :).  

Here's my gameplay!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl_WB8xhl7Y

Great video! Thanks for playing :D

Man this game made my anxiety levels peak! Good work!

Thank you! Happy that you liked it :D

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