The top-down retro revival continues with Mukashi and the Scrolls of Hope, an ambitious adventure title set in a fantastical world inspired by Far Eastern mythology. Players explore a vast magical island, confronting dangers, solving puzzles and building relationships with the locals as they search for mystical artifacts that holds the salvation for their people.
Players can choose to create either male or female Mukashi, ultimate warrior-scouts chosen for their supreme combat and exploration ability. They’ll journey to Kanoko Island in search of the Scrolls of Hope, which are rumored to contain the location of a safe haven where their people can escape the rising ocean that threatens to destroy them all. Mukashi are customisable with items picked up in game or gained through completing quests.
In an interesting move, the developers have announced that they intend to keep the title as an OUYA exclusive, at least initially. The console supports indie developers and has an extensive list of experimental titles which they feel would be a perfect fit for the type of game they’re trying to create. OUYA is itself an indie console successfully funded through Kickstarter, and a platform the developers are keen to support. The game will be developed using the Unity 3D engine, a tool traditionally popular among indie developers for its multi-platform support. Once a fixed term of exclusivity has passed, Mukashi should then be available on other platforms.
Mukashi and the Scrolls of Hope is currently set for a release early in 2015.
[Editor's Note: As of August 20th, the game has now shifted to a PC exclusive.]
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