Ghostlore was first unveiled to the reddit community last year, and is a local retro action-RPG, which translates to role playing game for all you non-gamers, made by user u/Ateo88 as their passion project. Since then, there have been updates and progress in its development. In Ghostlore, players will get to fight urban legends like the Pontianak, Jiang-Shi, Penanggal, Toyol, Hungry Ghost, and other things that go bump in the night.
Paying homage to Singapore’s colonial past, you’ll be transported to Seaport, a little town with architecture that’s reminiscent of downtown areas such as Clarke Quay and Kampong Glam, and features a miniature Merlion statue. Here, players will get to speak to NPCs, or non-player characters, that will converse with you in uniquely Singlish phrases like ‘alamak‘ and ‘bodoh’.
A feature will also be in place where players can find ingredients and cook local Singaporean dishes such as Chicken Rice, Satay, Durian Puffs, and other familiar favourites. Depending on the dish, these meals will give you different boosts that will equip you to better fight the monsters and navigate the game.
There’s also plenty representation of the everyday Singaporean — find a newspaper-clutching uncle, a school girl in pinafore, a busker with a guitar in hand, a construction worker, a makcik, and other common characters that aren’t hard to spot on daily commute.
In collaboration with another reddit user, the creator of the game has since overhauled Ghostlore as a fully-fledged game on popular gaming platform Steam. The game is slated to be released in the second quarter of 2022. In anticipation of the game launch, you may also join the Discord channel here for updates and to connect with the community.
At the end of the day, regardless of how you feel towards ghouls and spirits, I think we can all agree that Ghostlore, if anything, is a great way to get to know Singapore’s local lore and culture one click at a time.
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