Tsukumogami is the original Japanese version of 99 Spirits.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.
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Release Date: May 31, 2012

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“筆で描いたかのような独特なタッチのビジュアルも本作の魅力の一つ”
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“バトルで掴んで、中身でも楽しませる、といった感じだろうか”
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About This Game

Tsukumogami is the original Japanese version of 99 Spirits.

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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8
    • Processor: 1.5GHz or higher
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Additional Notes: Windows Media Player 7 or newer
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
43.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
First time doing these, so take it easy on any replies (if any). I have not bothered to play the English adaptation nor do I intend to.

Story: The tale revolves around the sword with the power to destroy the eponymous Tsukumogami, objects which have gained sentience after long years of use. The protagonist loses her mother and her father goes missing after the Tsukumogami raid the capital city, leaving her to grow up and learn swordsmanship under foster care. Her destiny is then intertwined with the sword. How the tale is resolved is then up to the choices made by the player over the course of the game.

Setting: Early medieval/medieval Japan with magic and the supernatural weaved into the fabric of society. The Tsukumogami are based on the Hyakki Yakou legends and the paintings associated with them over the ages.

Characters: Hayabusa's characterisation is quite standard, trained to wield the sword and seeking vengeance against the Tsukumogami responsible for taking her parents away from her. Over the course of the journey, she does change perceptibly and is given a more human side to her. The people and deities she interacts with have their own personalities, players should not have trouble distinguishing one character from another due to distinctive character designs and the personalities given to each character.

Art: Very distinctive designs for each character as well as the Tsukumogami enemies themselves. Highly reminiscent of the old paintings of Japanese scenery and the supernatural mostly found in museums.

Music: Traditional Japanese melodies with a heavy emphasis on the piano for the slower tracks. Players who like the music can purchase the soundtrack as an extra on the store page, but it is purely a matter of personal preference and budgetary constraints.

Gameplay mechanics: This game is built on the KiriKiri engine which has been a workhorse for Japanese games for over a decade. The interface is simple and requires players to move from one end of the playing field to the other whilst defeating enemies which stand in the way.

The combat system in this game is both a strength and a weakness. It is unique as it requires players to identify the opposing enemy before it can be exorcised or captured (reflecting traditional East Asian perceptions on malignant spirits). Unfortunately the novelty of the combat system will wear off once players become accustomed to the mechanics and discover they cannot breeze through regular enemies in a matter of seconds.

The "RPG" aspect of this game is reflected in the spirit capturing mechanic and upgrades to the sword. After a certain point in the game, players are given the option of capturing spirits in order to exploit their abilities instead of simply exorcising them. There is a wide range of abilities to choose from as each spirit offers two abilities when captured into service, most abilities provide a useful boost to players with a small minority strong enough to upset game balance. To simplify the process of grinding, the sword can be upgraded very early on in the game with points granted upon each level-up. A fully-upgraded sword significantly shortens the time required to defeat regular enemies, but the time investment required from players might be off-putting for many.

Game stability: The version provided by Steam is 1.10, however it is not completely bug-proof as certain enemies or combination of enemies will crash the game forcing a reset to the main menu. Hence it is strongly recommended players save before and after significant milestones in the game to minimise disruption.

Recommended Japanese proficiency: There is no English in this game (that's why this game only comes bundled together with 99 spirits). Players are expected to be familiar with the Japanese syllable table and to associate the various Kanji which emerge when using the sword's spirit identification function with the objects the Tsukumogami relate to. There will be quite a number of occasions when players need to manually input the correct syllables to unmask the identity of the enemy in question (with at least one very annoying phase in which the syllable table is scrambled) but most of the time the enemies can be identified using the handy master scroll of enemies which is filled in upon discovery or purchase of new scroll parts.

The dialogue and exposition in the game doesn't utilise complex grammatical structures, but some of the vocabulary used isn't common for non-native speakers. Anyone interested in playing the game through without a full-blown walkthrough should have JLPT N2 or N3 with a good grounding in Japanese mythology and culture. Either way, having a good Japanese dictionary on hand (hard copy or online) is extremely handy.

The developer Toraiki does have a blog page with tables listing the characteristics, locations and abilities of the Tsukumogami enemies so those who can read Japanese can consult the tables to save time.

Conclusion: For a debut work, this is a decent attempt with a coherent storyline, unique if eventually tedious mechanics and characters which leave an impression long after the game is completed. Thanks to Steam's decision to bundle this game with the English adaptation, more players can experience the Japanese doujin market which is more popular than ever thanks to English translations of games like Recettear. Highly recommended for anyone looking to improve their Japanese vocabulary while having fun at the same time.
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111 of 127 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2014
Honestly, you people just… Personally I really grateful to developers for original version on steam (and it's even free). Yes, I like original untranslated games.
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27 of 42 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 28, 2015
Dont speak japanese but sounds good and looks good ,Guess it would be good if you spoke japanese.
Simple styled game but fun!

80/100 Would try and learn japanese !
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0 of 9 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
It's a Puzzle Game, where you have to figure out how to play this Round based Timing RPG and what Story it trys to tell you....i guess!?
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11 of 41 people (27%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 1, 2015
Has pretty pictures
Funny squiggly lines that are apparently words
Has a fox and a guy and at least 2 girls
There's some type of chess board in the background

Will review if I ever learn the language or if they put in English.
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