Side-scrolling mystery Tokyo Dark could be the most sinister thing you play all year. In the upcoming game from Cherrymochi, a developer based in Tokyo, we play as Detective Itō, a woman on the hunt for her missing partner. The spook factor is thanks to the game’s lore, as Tokyo Dark is based around a Japanese urban legend that there is a hidden door beneath Tokyo’s streets and if you enter it, you’ll disappear forever.
We can expect some supernatural elements in this one, along with some heavy topics like child idols, sexism, suicide, nationalism and mental health concerns as the people around Detective Itō start to think that she’s going insane. Tokyo Dark is a huge risk then, but it’s one that’s paying off as the game has quickly passed its goal on Kickstarter.
Tokyo Dark Kickstarter Goal
The game went live on Kickstarter yesterday, hoping to reach a goal of $40,000 so that Cherrymochi can fund art, voice overs, full animated sequences and more language support. Thanks to promises of a good adventure game with “multiple endings” (Cherrymochi says that there are over 10 different conclusions) it quickly hit that in under 14 hours of going live. Plus, Tokyo Dark also has support from the Square Enix Collective (an initiative which supports indies with marketing help), with 94% of Square Enix Collective users having said that they would put money towards the game if it launched a crowdfunding campaign.
Tokyo Dark‘s creators have announced the ‘Suicide Forest’ stretch goal at $50,000, saying that this extra bit of gameplay would focus on the lost girls of Aokigahara (a popular place for suicides) but this was met soon after they announced it. The second stretch goal is called ‘Kabukichō’ and sends Detective Itō to the red-light district where she has “confront the local yakuza and make a choice between following her heart and following the law”.
With 28 days to go, this stretch goal will likely be reached too, but you can support the game on Kickstarter for perks like a tour of Tokyo, a character that’s based on you and a copy of the game.
Tokyo Dark will be released on PC and Mac in October, 2016.