The Wind and Wilting Blossom is an FTL-ish roguelike; now on Kickstarter
13 Sep, 2019
Set in a supernatural version of Heian-era Japan, The Wind and Wilting Blossom has you fighting tactical battles to stop a warlike sorceress.
Here’s a combination you don’t see just every day. The Wind and Wilting Blossom — which bears one of the best titles I’ve seen in recent years — is an FTL-inspired roguelike about killing demons and evil spirits in medieval Japan.
You’ll find yourself in the year 940 CE, which falls in the Heian period of Japanese history. Takiyasha, the daughter of an insurgent leader, resorts to sorcery after her father is killed, and unleashes an evil wave of yokai against the Japanese archipelago. Demons, monsters, ghosts, evil spirits, Takiyasha’s got it all. To stop her, you’ll have to take on the role of a famous persona from Heian-era period Japan and lead a band of brave souls to stop Takiyasha.
The game and its aesthetic are inspired by the classic wood block print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, titled “Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre”. Have a look at it here on Trivium Art History.
Apart from the obvious inspiration of FTL: Faster Than Light, the game reminds me of Pathway, which we reviewed earlier this year. You’ll travel across Japan, from one location to another, encountering a variety of events that you can resolve in various ways. You’ll also have to manage your currency and food supply, amongst other things, and of course — do battle against the forces of evil.
Have a look at the trailer below:
The developer of The Wind and Wilting Blossom, Picklefeet Games, is seeking for $20,000 in all. The Kickstarter campaign has reached $2,000 so far, and there’s only 15 days left for the campaign to end.
The game is planned for release on PC and Mac sometime around January 2021.