99 Spirits is an RPG/Puzzle game that revolves around the popular Japanese folklore of Tsukumogami, everyday objects coming alive on their 100th birthday.
User reviews: Mixed (178 reviews)
Release Date: May 31, 2013

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"Word guessing, twitch reflexes and monster-training all in one RPG. 99 Spirits is an strange blend that isn't for everyone, and that's not a bad thing."

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July 4

99 Spirits - Cage of Night Now Available!

99 Spirits - Cage of Night is now available for the first time in English. It is the first of the two side stories to PC Puzzle RPG 99 Spirits, giving you a chance to know more of the fan favourite support characters. We are releasing Cage of Night directly on Steam as a DLC to 99 Spirits, and it includes both English and Japanese versions of the game.

The game stars fan-favorites Saki and Komiya, and adds brand new characters. A story of tragic love and foxes’ games told in visual novel style, the Cage of Night is set during the events of 99 Spirits storyline and is set in a darker mood than the main story.

Additionally, it features six Mini Scenarios with in-between scenes from 99 Spirits that will bring a smile to your face and a Developer Symposium with commentary by TORaIKI, 99 Spirits' creators to tell you where and how this all started.

99 Spirits - Cage of Night was a successful stretch goal on the 99 Spirits IndieGoGo project.

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“99 Spirits has a great art direction, an original story and a unique gameplay that reminds to both Pictionary and Pokémon with a great result. If all indie Japanese indie games are this good I’ll start to learn the language ASAP. It can’t be missing in any indie game collection.”
Bit Maiden

“Without a shadow of doubt, 99 Spirits is one of the most imaginative and accomplished indie games on the market.”
True PC Gaming

“Mixing the puzzle and RPG genre along with some anime themed influences, 99 Spirits became an absorbing and addicting title that was nearly impossible for me to put down for too long.”

About This Game

99 Spirits is an RPG/Puzzle game that revolves around the popular Japanese folklore of Tsukumogami, everyday objects coming alive on their 100th birthday.

Hanabusa is a young headstrong girl living in the Heian capital within medieval Japan. But when her mother is slain by evil spirits, her life turns into one of vengeance as she sets out to hunt and destroy the spirits.

During Hanabusa’s travels, she meets a white fox who turns out to be a servant of the mountain god. Hanabusa receives a special sword passed down from her mother, which gives her the ability to see the true forms of spirits to help slay them. Shortly after, a spirit claiming to be Hanabusa’s long-lost father, Hidetada, breaks her sword and leaves Hanabusa powerless and confused.

Now to mend her broken sword and learn the truth about her father, Hanabusa embarks on a journey to annihilate every last one of the evil spirits.

Key Features

  • Work out the true identity of your enemies in a unique battle system
  • Capture enemies, master their skills for battle and use them to solve puzzles on the field
  • Interact with over 40 unique characters and battle over 100 monsters
  • Beautifully detailed art and an atmospheric original soundtrack bring feudal Japan alive
  • Discover multiple unique endings that change based on the player’s actions
  • Dual audio: Toggle between English and Japanese voice
  • Includes the original Japanese version of 99 Spirits, 'Tsukumogami' (九十九神)*

    *Tsukumogami will be added as a separate item to your Steam Library.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8
    • Processor: 1.5GHz or higher
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows Media Player 7 or newer
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
99 Spirits takes place in medieval Japan in a city attacked by evil spirits. After her mother is killed in the attack, young Hanabusa becomes a warrior and dedicates her life to destroying the Tsukumogami. Fruitbat Factory has obviously taken great care with their work and the localisation is excellent. The English dialogue flows well and without error. Unfortunately, the original script provides little we haven't seen before, and the story holds only minor interest or intrigue.Unlike the story, the gameplay mechanics are fresh and new in their design and execution. The game follows a linear story in which you move Hanabusa from place to place and fight Tsukumogami as you go. The overworld maps function on a grid, and you click to move Hanabusa around to pick up items, fight spirits and move to the next map.They may not be exceptional, but the graphics are solid and aesthetically pleasing. Portraits during dialogue exude charm and aid in developing the characters' personality. The hand-drawn style matches the feel and setting of the game well and evokes a stylistic, historical drawing. The Tsukumogami spirits look distinctively evil, and the warping of everyday objects into these frightening spirits is executed with style.Like the art, the sound suits the game perfectly. The mystical, eastern-sounding tunes draw you into the game and succeed in setting the scene. The fast moving, high-pitched score used in battle adds to the tension and pressure of fighting each spirit and working to figure out their name. There is limited voice acting in the game, but all of it is well done. If you're looking for something new in your RPGs, then give 99 Spirits a shot. The puzzle-style battles are fun and interesting and allow you to forgive the less interesting aspects of the game. The localisation is excellent, even if the story isn't quite so interesting, and the sound and graphics are solid and pleasing. If you like RPGs and word puzzles, then you'll definitely enjoy 99 Spirits.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
A fun little JRPG with some distinctive mechanics. Word guessing is one of them, as is a timed-hits-like feature. Occasionally, some enemies or obstacles may even be integrated with the plot, such as "puzzle" bosses that query the details of a mystery. Mechanics are pretty solid, plot is reasonably interesting, music is quite decent too. It's a little tedious having to discard gemstones one by one when you run out of inventory space, but that's about my only complaint. This game's not the most epic of adventure tales, but it's definitely surprisingly fun to play.

Just make sure you use the gem upgrades to make the C command reveal a ton more hints at once. Four is good. If you're paying attention, you should rarely need more than that. And also get the Escape upgrades, so that you can stop attacking/defending immediately once a gem becomes available for use. And if the clues go by too fast, there's another upgrade for that. The game would probably be more tedious if I didn't get those, so I'm glad I got them. Oh, and buy the Spirit Indexes from the store -- if a spirit is in the list, you can just click the name and be done with it.

(Right-click to cancel if you don't want to upgrade a gem, by the way. I'm not sure the game makes that clear, but it's there. Though you can always redistribute all your upgrade points anyway.)

The game comes with both Japanese and English voicework (which is just battle grunts/lines anyway), as well as the fully Japanese original version.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Okay at first the game will be a bit off but you kinda get used to it. The whole difficulty is the matter of finding and guessing the item. The game in itself is enjoyable but the guard times sometimes set me off. A 9.3/10. It had it's fine moments. I'll put that much. Fine story, great use of it, and a nice lot of characters.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Don't be expecting deep RPG elements. The game isn't amazing, it has some fun ideas and a decent amount of lukewarm positive aspects. For the price, eh... why not? I didn't regret getting it.

If you are thinking about buying it, please look into the combat system. It's strange and may not be to everyone's liking, but it is unique and interesting. But I would say that for the price, this game is certainly worth it.

The combat system works like this: You fight a monster in turns. You can only defeat monsters once they are identified. To do so you must guess their name. As you fight it, there are ways to obtain clues on the identity of the monster. Once you identify it, you can then actually kill the thing. You can block/counter your enemy's attacks with properly timed button presses. Other than that, it's pretty standard turn-based combat.

The graphics have a charm in their simplicity, but I do wish that the map-grid wasn't so baren looking sometimes. What you see in the steam screenshots is pretty much exactly what the game looks like. It's just enough for gameplay but not distracting.

The music, like the graphics, is charming and simple but gets somewhat repetative. You'll hear the same music for long stretches and it's just noticeable enough to get a bit annoying after playing for a long time.

As far as difficulty, the game is fairly easy and forgiving, but still just enough of a challenge to feel rewarding.

The story is pretty simple and enough to keep the game moving. Decent amount of tropes and some eye-rolling dialogue here or there, but it I did end up slightly invested in it... only slightly.

Definitely worth looking into or picking up if you see it on sale.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Honestly I think it's quite a charming game! I like the sound and visuals for sure, old school JRPG stuff, and the gameplay is pretty inventive, not just typical cookie cutter stuff. Worth a look, I believe!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
EDIT: Holy crap. Towards the last few chapters the game is actually IMPOSSIBLE to beat! The enemies will heal faster than you can damage them for an infinite amount of time. I'm 7 hours deep into this game and if I want to even have a chance at progressing I will need to start all over again from chapter one just so I can grind and capture a different set of objects to battle with. If you want to see what I'm talking about, here is a 20 minute long video of me fighting an infinitely healing enemy http://youtu.be/TuahC5wsLAo

Old positive review (will totally revert back to this one if the game ever gets fixed because honestly it's fantastic at its core)

If you're not into word puzzles, visual novels & basic combat stay away from this. However, if you don't mind using your brain, have a good understanding of English (as well as some Japanese objects/locations) & do enjoy a good read every now and then this is for you.

I'm roughly a quarter of the way through this game and while I hated it at first and found the whole combat system to be annoying and rather boring, it has grown on me. The story is fantastic, I love the artwork and there is enough game here to make it more then just your typical 99% text visual novel!

Is it worth $10-$15? Ehh, probably not. If you can get it in an indie bundle or for under $6, don't hesitate!
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
well, where do I start.. emm.. can you imagine a spelling-bee word game crossover with turn-based tactical tile-block moving RPG? well, Final Fantasy Tactic with spelling-bee word quiz? That's what it is....

It's new type of battle from this genre, but it fall down flat in 30minutes of play. In the end, you just spamming Z for attack when available, and spamming X for everytime enemy attack you (you won't get hurt), and fill up the gauge of your "Identity Sword" to reveal what kind of tsukumogami that was. It's that all! there's nothing like skill, magic, or special move whatsoever.

BGM is awful, it's literally only one 5 seconds music for battle theme that repeats over and over.
What do you hope of novel-themed RPG? A good voice-acting right? This game just serve you sound of your protagonist while attack and get hurt, what the ♥♥♥♥? even a HENTAI game do better.

let's review this game feature that featured by the dev.

-Work out the true identity of your enemies in a unique battle system
yes, spelling-bee is a new unique battle system indeed. and nope, mistyped is not allowed boys!
-Capture enemies, master their skills for battle and use them to solve puzzles on the field
the field is 9x14 block grid, no other else, it's really a puzzle.
-Interact with over 40 unique characters and battle over 100 monsters
Interact with over 40 unique character with no voice acting whatsoever, and battle 1 type of monster that can change to over 100 types of households.
-Beautifully detailed art and an atmospheric original soundtrack bring feudal Japan alive
beautifully detailed battlefield grid and an atmospheric 5 seconds loop soundtrack, really bring feudal japan in my minds.
-Discover multiple unique endings that change based on the player’s actions
I don't think people can stand to play this till the end since this game always crashes everytime you didn't want to.
(don't use steam overlay, do not receive message, do not alt tab it at some points, do not use fullscreen. just a warn, this circumstance will give you a lot of crash.)

I'm more enjoy to spend my 15minutes to write this review than actually playing this. You may try, but if you think this game worth a try. You'll have your time well-spent in another game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
99 Spirits features the rare genre of game on Steam:
Visual Novel. Great Japanese artwork and story lines,
and the point is the unique RPG battle system.
You can't only attack the enemies (Tsukumogamies) ,
You should reveal its real form to knock it down.
You'll receive some hints to guess the form by attacking.
If it's too difficult, buy spirit pages from the merchant.
This is the main battle progress. Yes, that's it.
You can also master Tsugumogami later, but that's same.
I think 99 Spirits is still a visual novel than an RPG.
If you don't mind the monotonous battle,
and want to enjoy the fantastic world in Japanese tales,
I still recommend 99 Spirits to you.

PS. For those experienced too much crashes in game,
Please start Steam by AppLocale and select to Japanese,
then start 99 Spirits again. It would be solved.
That doesn't affect launches of the most other games.
Just like Unicode problem when I playing galgames.
Oh, did I say something?
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I really like this game. It's a puzzle game, but not in the conventional way. You must fight demons by uncovering their true identity. You then progress around a 2D field and rinse wash repeat.

It is repetitive, but, it's also very challenging, as well as being a someone unusual and unique experience. The storyline's nothing to write home about, but it's suffecient and gives you a reason to be poppin' demons.

I'd highly recommend this if you can obtain it a bit cheaper, I do feel that full retail is a bit much.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Well, that's $10 I'm not getting back. Very disapointing. I loved the art syle of this and was looking forward to the storyline but the actual game play isn't even a little fun. I wasn't expecting the button mashing aspects when I read the description of the came. Constantly having to hit the x and y keys in combat was super annoying. The word clues pass by lightning fast making you have to do it over and over again to read it. Not my cup of tea at all.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Fought a demon spoon and a demon broom!
10/10 woud guess and slash again!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Get this if only it's in a bundle. Kinda feel like charades ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I really love visual novels, Otome, anime styled games...

and this i grabbed on sale.


ITS SUPER COOL. its very orginal in the sense of doing puzzles and stuff.

i find it enjoyable. i would recomend grabbing this game on sale or not. :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
+ Interesting and detailed story based on a Japanese folklore
+ Interesting and unique characters
+ Unique combat system
+ Quite lengthy - Around 16 hours to beat the main story and around
24 hours if you want to complete and achieve everything in the game
+ Attractive and appealing art style
+ Wide variety of spirits, which also include a wide variety of skills and abilities.

- Although unique, the combat system can be very repetitive
- Huge lack of animations

99 Spirits is an extremely fun and very unique game, in-terms of its gameplay and story.
The story is based on a Japanese folklore in-which everyday objects come to life as evil spirits on their 100th birthday, and revolves around a young girl named Hanabusa, whose mother gets killed Tsukumogami with the holy 'Gokon Sword' which is the only weapon left that can destroy a Tsukomogami. Hanabusa sets out on a quest for vengeance and revenge guided by a spiritual white fox to cleanse the world of the Tsukumogami using the Gokon Sword.
The gameplay is very unique as well, you won't be able to damage your opponent unless you figure out what you're fighting. Until you do, you'll be fighting a dark misty fog that cannot be damaged nor killed. Everytime you hit a Tsukomogami, one of the Gokon Sword's special abilities builds up. After every sixth hit, you can use that special ability to get a hint to try to figure out what the Tsukomogami is. And after every sixth block, you can use the second special ability to type-in the correct everyday object which you the Tsukomogami you're fighting is. If you guess correctly, the dark misty fog/shroud will be lifted, and you'll be able to damage and successfully kill the Tsukomogami. And later on in the game, you'll be able to capture the Tsukomogami and use their abilities against your enemies.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Has foxes; Must buy.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
42.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
You can fight pants.

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Has a unique idea for fighting - you need to guess what object your enemy is beneath the disguise. By attacking, blocking and countering you can use your skills to get hints and a chance to input your guess what object the enemy spirit is. It's pretty interesting idea but ultimately the core mechanic of this game gets repetitive and it won't help the frustration that the battle music is personally irritating. So a very nice idea for the game that has its best moments in the beginning where the game still feels fresh.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
So let me get this straight, you happened to be a young swordswoman who is traveling across Japan with a fox demon of some sort in order to find her dad while killing other demons possessing common household objects. I guess that sums up the basis of the story. I don't remember how long I have spent with 99 Spirits because I mostly played it offline when my internet was down for a period of time, but I still have not finish my first play through so keep that in mind.

The combat system pretty much consists of guessing a word through hints given to you when you attack the enemy and after you have successfully guessed the word, you are able to kill the enemy or capture the soul when given the opportunity, but guess the word incorrectly and you will take damage with no chance to negate it. Other than that, it is really just a QTE. In theory, it sounds like a good idea, but in practice, it gets repetitive pretty quickly because you are guessing the same enemy over and over again due to the limited enemy variety in each region, not to mention all the enemies feel very similar to one another. The boss fights completely enforces the idea of sitting through QTEs because they behave just like the normal enemies you have faced for the umpteenth time except they have maybe 10 to 20 times more health, has the ability to kill you in maybe 2 hits at most throwing in unblockable attacks every so often forcing you to stay in the defense stance around 80% of the time, and heal very frequently to extend the length of the battle. The movement for the world map is pretty standard with nothing special to make note of except for the hunger meter that does nothing except makes moving around the map slower than normal. Even if the hunger system did something to impact the game, it does not tell you what it even does and even if they do tell you, the game does a pretty bad job at it.

The soundtrack is, in my opinion, ok at best, but the battleground music can get really repetitive sometimes and you can even hear the where the track loops.

Perhaps the worst offender this game has is that it crashes very often if you don't know what is causing it to crash in the first place so if you are going to play this game, I suggest you head to the forums to look up on other people's experience so you hopefully won't have to deal with them too much.

I am really having a hard time on whether or not I should give a recommendation for 99 Spirits because it's game play feels lackluster in some areas in addition to the frequent crashing and a fairly iffy story, but it has an interesting idea with the combat system despite on its shaky execution and has some fairly interesting characters to meet. For $15, I think it's a hard sell for those who are skeptical about the gimmicky combat system, but if it goes on sale for maybe $10 or less, it's possible to take it into consideration. At the end of the day, I can't recommend 99 Spirits despite that fact that I had a decent time with 99 Spirits due to all of the problems I have stated before, but then again, it's probably a game that is best played in short bursts. If you do happen to take an interest in 99 Spirits, try the demo first before pulling the trigger.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Hi this is my 2th rewiew on this game cause the first one was a fail
So lets get started
I do recomand this game if u are looking for a good story .... the combat system is well quite intersting for me ... but for others .... might be a bit boring .... and also this game dosent contain voices ( only in battles) so u gonna have to read in this game.. also if u dont know english I DO NOT RECOMAND BUYING THIS GAME ... SERIOSLY if u dont know english u gonna be lost in this game... A LOT ..
Anyway i love playing this game .. but i recomand watching on youtube if u wanna give this game a try ...or try the demo of this game
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
I fought evil demon pants, enough said.
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