Ghostlore is an 'Eastpunk' Action-RPG where you fight monsters from Southeast-Asian folklore. Inspired by timeless classic ARPG's such as Diablo 2 and Titan Quest, Ghostlore features a detailed item and character customization system, procedurally generated maps, and beautiful 2D isometric art.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As a small team of two, we need to get as many perspectives as possible. Early Access is a great way to involve the community in shaping the future of the game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We intend for the game to be in early access for a few months, but less than a year (12 months).”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Ever since early access launch, we've been working diligently to push out regular content updates at a pace of 1 - 2 months, with more to come. Here are some of the things that players can look forward to, roughly in the order of when they would be complete:

  • Map refinements - More interesting setpieces added to the various locations in the game.

  • Skill system revamp - Based on current player feedback, we are looking to revamp the skill upgrade system. There would be a variety of new skills and skill upgrades.

  • More monsters - more monsters from other Southeast Asian regions, such as Philippines, Vietnamese and Thai folklore.

  • Side-game and post-game content - We have plans to add side content to the game, as well as greatly expand on the current post-game experience.

  • Polish, balancing and co-op/controller support - The full version of the game will be more polished than what is currently in Early Access. The game will be balanced so that a large number of playstyles will be viable. Controller and co-op mode will be refined.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“For the early access launch, we ensured the core essentials of the game - fighting monsters, getting loot and progressing your character - were already present and polished to a high degree.

In addition, as of September 2022, we have hit a major milestone of Ghostlore being story complete. Players can now play through the entire story from start to finish. After completion of the story, the procedurally generated endless mode becomes available. So even in Early Access, players can look forward to hours of entertainment and ever greater challenges.

The later portions of the game, being more recent additions, are noticeably ‘jankier’ than earlier portions. They will of course be polished for launch. Nonetheless, we have done our best to ensure that said portions are crash free.

In terms of controller support, currently, the default keyboard and mouse controls is the best way to experience the game. We hope to improve the experience with controllers in the future.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The early access version will launch with a discounted price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Based on community feedback, we have in fact increased the scope of our project from what we have originally planned. The decision to revamp the skill system, add more monsters and greatly expand on the game’s side and post content has all been in direct response to what we have been seeing in our Discord server, forums and game reviews so far. So if there is anything you would like to see in Ghostlore, these three avenues are the best way to get your voice heard.”
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“Ghostlore is shaping up to be one of my most anticipated indie games”
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About This Game

Ghostlore is an 'Eastpunk' Action-RPG where you fight monsters from Southeast-Asian folklore. Inspired by timeless classic ARPG's such as Diablo 2 and Titan Quest, Ghostlore features a detailed item and character customization system, procedurally generated maps, and beautiful 2D isometric art.


The bloodthirsty Penanggal is a gruesome creature of with origins in Malay folklore. It comprises of nothing more than a disembodied head and dangling entrails. The Indonesian Babi Ngepet myth tells of sorcerors who sacrifice their humanity in order to become boar demons. The tales of Hungry Ghosts are superstitions brought over by Chinese immigrants - undead horrors cursed to remain forever hungry due to their greed in mortal life.



Stories from the maritime region of Southeast-Asia are full of all manner of nightmarish, horrifying creatures. Are you brave enough to face them? Discover over 40 different enemies, each with their quirks and tactics to defeat based on their descriptions in folklore.


Explore a procedurally generated world that takes inspiration from the developers' home country of Singapore, its two closest neighbours, Malaysia and Indonesia, and the rest of Southeast Asia.



Players unfamiliar with the region will get to experience a culture that is underrepresented and rarely seen in other forms of media. Players who live in Southeast Asia will find plenty of things they recognize - such as the food! Collect and prepare various meals to boost your stats. Don't fight on an empty stomach!




Ghostlore allows you to mix-and-match abilities from 3 out of 6 character classes to create your own unique hero. The 6 classes are:

  • The Adept: Mystic warriors skilled in Martial Arts, honing their mind as well as their body.
  • The Exorcist: Able to sense the spirit world with ESP and cast out evil spirits.
  • The Feral: Fearless fighters bestowed with the power of blood magic and the ability to transform into a Weretiger.
  • The Geomancer: Masters of the art of bending the elemental forces of Earth, Fire, Ice and Lightning to their will.
  • The Hashashin: Shadowy assassins who rely on speed and stealth to take down opponents.
  • The Sentinel: Keepers of the forest with the ability to communicate with animals.


The Glyph system is where Ghostlore brings something truly new to the Action-RPG table. In your travels you will find Glyphs - magical symbols that you can inscribe onto your body to gain new powers.



Each Glyph takes up space on your body (represented in game as a grid). As your level increases, so do the number of glyphs you can inscribe onto yourself.

Here's where things get interesting: Compound glyphs are rare and special glyphs that use 5 normal glyph spaces, but grant additional bonuses to glyphs that are placed within their configuration. Plan your Compound Glyph layout in order to maximise stat bonuses!




In Ghostlore, you can wield a variety of weapons prevalent in Southeast-Asian martial arts:



  • The Kris or Keris - a blade with a distinctively wavy shape. It is a well-balanced weapon.
  • The Bow and Arrow has been a staple of hunting since the dawn of time; apparently they come in handy with ghost-hunting as well!
  • Parangs, also known as machetes, are cleaving blades with a wide arc.
  • The deadly Kukri knives are the fastest attacking melee weapons in the game.
  • The trusty Spear has the longest reach out of all the melee weapons.
  • Finally, there are enchanted Talismans that can fly and give foes nasty papercuts.

In addition, you can find and equip a variety of Amulets. Amulets are commonly sold in many parts of real world Southeast Asia as good luck charms. In the world of Ghostlore, their power is very, very real. Equipping the right Amulet for the situation can mean the difference between a glorious victory and an untimely demise.




  • Local co-op multiplier lets you play with up to 4 of your friends on the same screen.
  • The Shrine of Balance is an optional asynchronous multiplayer feature which lets you help other players by sending them equipment. You have better chances of good loot in return when they use your equipment.
  • Steam workshop support allows you to customise your experience with mods from the community.


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System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Storage: 1 GB available space

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