99 Spirits

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Description

99 Spirits revolves around the popular Japanese folklore of Tsukumogami, everyday objects coming alive on their 100th birthday.


Key Features:

  • Work out the true identity of your enemies in a unique battle system

  • Capture enemies, master their skills for battle and use them to solve puzzles on the field

  • Interact with over 40 unique characters and battle over 100 monsters

  • Beautifully detailed art and an atmospheric original soundtrack bring feudal Japan alive

  • Discover multiple unique endings that change based on the player’s actions

  • Dual audio: Toggle between English and Japanese voice


Hanabusa is a young headstrong girl living in the Heian capital within medieval Japan. But when her mother is slain by evil spirits, her life turns into one of vengeance as she sets out to hunt and destroy the spirits.

During Hanabusa’s travels, she meets a white fox who turns out to be a servant of the mountain god. Hanabusa receives a special sword passed down from her mother, which gives her the ability to see the true forms of spirits to help slay them. Shortly after, a spirit claiming to be Hanabusa’s long-lost father, Hidetada, breaks her sword and leaves Hanabusa powerless and confused.

Now to mend her broken sword and learn the truth about her father, Hanabusa embarks on a journey to annihilate every last one of the evil spirits.

Customer reviews

80

Interesting and original

Demilisz | May 27, 2014 | See all Demilisz's reviews »

This is a japanese game so of course it is far from ordinary. The main goal is to defeat evil spirits that can "possess" items. Easy enough? Not, because to defeat spirit we must first reveal his true form and this require to call spirits name (that is actually a name of item the spirit possessed). Fortunately player has a special sword that have the ability to give some hints about spirits name. And that how combat works - you attack the spirit (swords abilities need to be charged before every use) till you can guess his name. It is easy at the start, but gets harder later on. There is some RPG mechanics like sharpening your weapon, getting food, leveling up and so on. If you are looking for an interesting game and don't mind manga like graphic - give this game a try. It may not be great but it is refreshing.

85

An interesting word game

Skeride | Feb. 19, 2014 | See all Skeride's reviews »

This game plays like an rpg evolution of word association games, and largely works. Keep in mind that you need some degree of fluency with English to do well in the game.

It's also interesting from an anthropologic point of view, since it's largely faithful to an ancient Japanese legend. As the story goes, artifical objects gain sentience after 100 years of use. To prevent this leading to a rebellion, tools are traditionally tossed out after 99 years. Once, a group of living, unhappy tools rebelled and took much of the country hostage. Only through cunning and an appeal to religion was disaster prevented.

This is a fun coffee break game and a playful glimpe into Japanese folklore. Just keep in mind that it IS a word/rhythm game, and not particularly deep. If you go in with those expectations, you'll have a lot of fun, and get more than the purchase price's worth of enjoyment.

88

A New Formula to the JRPG

Sciazs | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all Sciazs's reviews »

99 Spirits puts a new twist into the JRPG scene with its gameplay and puzzle-style combat system. 99 Spirits was originally a Japanese exclusive indie title and we now have had the pleasure of this game being localised and made available via Steam.

The game's narrative is based on actual Japanese fable and the story is revolved around fighting evil spirits from decimating human society as these spirits can inhabit mundane everyday objects. The story is incredibly well written and this is only enhanced by its addicting and fun gameplay. You choose between an attacking or a defensive strategy and reacting to the enemy attacks in real time with counter attacks. The combat system is amazingly intuitive as its based on players' rhythm and timing.

As reminiscent of the glory days of the JRPG genre, the music is absolutely outstanding and I would recommend picking up the deluxe instead as the soundtrack is that worth it. This game is a perfect example of how a risk can be perfectly rewarded in a very old genre and the game is definitely worth it even at base price.