Shin’s dad went out to go to work, but hasn’t come back yet, forcing the boy to head out into the world of Koikoi. In it, humans have died out from a strange disease and been replaced by the monstrous, surreal, and sometimes friendly Newmans, so who knows what kind of trouble the boy’s dad has found himself in. Luckily, you’ll help this young, psychic-powered kid find his father. Right?
Koikoi gives the player a grand world to explore, filled with the many, many varied creatures that have taken over the old human places. They’ve begun to infuse it with their differing needs and personalities, not all of which are entirely welcoming for the curious boy. Still with so many different monsters to meet, and some secret places to find, it creates an endless draw to go deeper and see who and what you might meet in the next location.
With this many monsters, combat also involves a lot of variety as you scrap with dozens of different irate beasts. Shin has some control over the elements, though, and can cast some goofy spells to convince these creatures that fighting the poor boy isn’t worth their time.
Koikoi offers countless creative critters throughout its lighthearted world, featuring fun meetings and challenging turn-based battles to draw you into its new reality. And really, I’d much rather live in a world of actual monsters than most of the humans who exist in the world today, anyway.
Koikoi is available for $10.99 on Steam. For more information on the game and developer Radical Hyena, you can head to the developer’s site or follow them on Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.