Once a week or so, I look for weird games. Today I came upon Omori on Kickstarter. It’s a surreal RPG psycho-horror about a guy named Omori who “is a character has been described as a ‘depressed otaku’”. What is a depressed otaku? I have no idea, but it sounds weird, so I like it.
The game must have some following because it hit its $22K goal super-fast and still has 42 days left. Based on the info, it was a blog comic by Omocat who is also developing the game. Omocat has merchandise as well. Like shirts and stuff on Etsy.
The game has two worlds. Each has its own reality and history. Is it like a Bizarro world, or worlds in the mind? Could be both or neither. There’s white space, too, which has its own philosophical and psychological significance. Besides all the thinking stuff, it’s a game with little pixel anime-style characters that battle and explore, so it’s all good.
The Kickstarter page also has a spoiler: “The truth is… Your story is already over. You just have to remember it”. Despite giving away the twist, it’s got a lot to be excited about: memory, mystery, worlds, reality, “waves of unrelenting nostalgia,” etc, etc. Not sure what the horror element is. Perhaps it has something to do with “a room full of cats”. That could be scary.