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Grabbing coins and hopping over cliffs is just what you do in platformers, for some reason. Rising Dusk wants you to ignore that instinct, though, as for every coin you collect, things will get a little bit more challenging throughout the game’s Japanese folklore-inspired stages.
Rising Dusk takes you to a land of grinning, troublesome Yokai, having them guide Tamako through the realm of these ghouls in order to make your way home. While these demons make for enough challenge on their own, you also have to avoid picking up any strange coins you see lying around this world as well, as all of the collectibles are tied into unleashing various hazards or making your path much more difficult. You’ll want to ignore that natural inclination to pick up stuff if you hope to make it out of this troubling realm.
Rising Dusk mixes a playful look at Japanese monsters and landscapes with a multitude of secrets and hidden places, all while forcing you to confront that incessant need to pick up everything when you play a game. It’s a charming title that will, at the very least, test your willpower in some neat ways.
Rising Dusk is available for $ 7 on Itch.io and $ 6.99 on Steam. For more information on the game and developer Studio Stobie, you can head to the developer’s site or follow them on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.