Welcome to The Indie Fix, where we delve into the exciting world of indie gaming to have a gander at promising works in progress, weird and wonderful freeware offerings, or recently published games that may have slipped under your radar!
This week the Indie Fix features Yurei Station, a creepy but beautiful point and click ghost story from Atelier Sentô.
The story (which I won’t spoil for you) features a young girl who is taking a night train to an unknown destination. Inspired by Japanese ghost stories, the game follows this girl as she moves closer to her destination and receives chilling text messages from an unknown number.
The game features first person story telling with light puzzle elements. It’s all about the atmosphere in Yurei Station (or Ghost Station) as the narrative is pushed along with lines like ‘I feel X’ or ‘I see Y’. It really brings the creepy and somewhat oppressive atmosphere to life. Of course, the atmosphere is heightened by the beautiful hand-painted graphics too.
The aesthetic is one of the most impressive things about the game. It was all hand-painted with pencils and watercolours by high school students over the course of two days. The colours are vibrant and everything is portrayed really neatly; from the glow of the lanterns when you alight the train to rendering of your faithful smartphone.
This is a fairly short adventure, taking around 15 minutes to complete, but don’t let that put you off. The point and click gameplay is fluid and the game itself is a pleasure to play. The story will pull you in and even if you don’t fully understand the ending (I didn’t), you’ll be pleased you played it.
You can watch the trailer below:
Find out more about the game here.