Japanese Folklore-Inspired Horror Game “Ikai” Now on PC, Consoles

Publisher PM Studios has announced that psychological horror game Ikai is now available on Steam PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.

Developed by Endflame, Ikai is inspired by Japanese folklore where players must use magical kanji to solve puzzles and confront “abominable demons.” The game landed a “Teen” rating though, so it can’t be too disturbing… can it?

Here’s the official breakdown of Ikai from PM Studios:

Embodying the soul of the classic first-person psychological horror genre with a defenseless main character incapable of attacking evil creatures through traditional means. No guns, swords, or howitzers here. Instead, Ikai explores a new sense of horror by making the player face the threats directly.

Don’t faint, embrace your weaknesses and pray you can survive the mayhem you’ve just unleashed.

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

• 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 you.

• PUZZLES: Pit your wits against challenges 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.

Ikai is available now for Steam PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch via each platform’s digital storefront. There is also a physical version of the game (which includes a bonus sticker sheet and collectible postcard) available at select retailers for PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch priced at $34.99.

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