Battle pontianaks, jiangshi, and other supernatural creatures in this Singapore Diablo-inspired game

Ever wanted to battle supernatural creatures? Well, now you can.

A video game inspired by Southeast Asian folklore is currently under works and the demo has just been released.

Titled Ghostlore, the story revolves around the protagonist battling supernatural spirits to protect their town.

The demo allows players to choose one of three classes (Reaver, Hitman, and Arcanist) and take on their first assignment: Investigate Moguis (which is the Cantonese term for evil spirits) and destroy a monster Rafflesia to protect the town of Seaport.

Battle the world’s largest and stinkiest flower in Ghostlore. IMAGE: SciNews and YouTube.

In an interview with Coconuts, Ghostlore‘s developer Andrew Teo said the game began as a personal project at the beginning of 2019 to introduce Southeast Asia to other gamers worldwide.

“I didn’t want to do another game that was about what we always see in fantasy settings that have castles and dragons in medieval Europe,” Teo said to Coconuts. “I feel that Southeast Asia is a bit underrepresented in most fantasy stories and I want to create something a bit more local and close to home.”

Check out the demo gameplay here.

And indeed, the game does reference a lot of Singapore’s famous elements.

From the Merlion statue in the middle of the town square to usable inventory items such as durians, used to “scare away enemies,” and Chinese herbal remedies to heal yourself.

Players can also enjoy the sound of Singapore’s Koel birds chirping in the game’s background music as they fend off supernatural creatures within the forest.

“Even if it’s not based on folklore, I put a lot of effort into things that are very Singaporean and easily recognizable,” Teo said to Coconuts.

There’s no fixed date for the full game yet but Teo said he hopes to release it by the end of the year.

You can also follow the game’s progress on Facebook and Twitter.

We’re looking forward to playing the game once it’s finished!

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Cover image sourced from Ghostlore.