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Could "Hokkaido Game," a Puzzle Game Using Japanese Prefectures Instead of Fruits, Take the Throne?



Good grief, just when I thought we had back-to-back watermelon games, now we're up against Hokkaido...


I wonder how many times one can get 83,000 points.


Huh? What's the point, you ask? It's a reference from the Japanese variety show "Wednesday Downtown." It's a Japanese joke, you see.

都道府県を積み上げて北海道を作る物理演算パズルゲームです。 あなたは”大きな人”となり、都道府県を箱に落とします。 同じ都道府県がくっつくと大きな都道府県に進化! 箱があふれる前に、日本最大の都道府県、北海道を作ろう!

This is a physics puzzle game in which you build Hokkaido by piling up prefectures of Japan. You become a "big person" and drop prefectures into a box. Connected same prefectures will evolve into a larger prefecture! Create the largest prefecture in Japan, Hokkaido, before the box overflows!

Hokkaido Game on Steam (steampowered.com)

Captivating Features of Hokkaido: A New Dimension in Puzzles Explored in "Hokkaido Game"

Complete Hokkaido in "Hokkaido Game"
Steam:Hokkaido Game (steampowered.com)

The indie game "Hokkaido Game," scheduled for release in October 2023, lets players become "big people" who tackle a drop puzzle based on unique physics. The goal is to stack various Japanese prefectures in unique boxes to form Japan's largest prefecture, Hokkaido. This fresh approach promises to make "Hokkaido Game" more than just another puzzle game.

The Game Gets Clogged Quickly Due to the Various Shapes
Steam:Hokkaido Game (steampowered.com)

Forming Prefectures Through Complex Strategy

The game has a simple yet deep game mechanism where you stack the same prefectures to evolve them into a larger prefecture. More than intuition, this process demands intricate strategy.

A Brain-Using Game Different from Watermelon Games
Steam:Hokkaido Game (steampowered.com)

Community Collaboration: Online Rankings and Fan Creations

Game Commentary-Style Illustrations

After its release, an online ranking feature will be implemented, allowing players nationwide to compete in scores. New game modes may also be introduced if the game receives favorable reviews. Importantly, the game allows for a flexible range of secondary uses, including illustrations, videos, and live streaming.

The Unreleased "Hokkaido Game" Already Draws Attention for Its Unique and Multi-Angle Appeal

The game is worth waiting for, as it promises to bring a new experience blending Japanese culture and strategic thinking. High expectations are set.

System Requirements

ItemMinimum Requirements
OSWindows 7/8/10/11
ProcessorIntel Pentium 2.4GHz or higher
Memory2 MB RAM
Storage200 MB available space

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Change the World Upside-Down in "Invercity"

"Invercity": A Town of Handstands Enhanced by Inverted Commentary
Invercity on Steam (steampowered.com)

This title is dubbed a "brain-bugging puzzle action game," featuring a unique game mechanic where gravity reverses when you do a handstand. The setting is a city where normal gravity has been disrupted by a strange event called the "Invercity Falling Phenomenon." Players control a reporter named Urara-chan, unraveling the mystery of the phenomenon while saving the city. The game has also garnered attention as a winning entry in the "unity1week#15" game contest.

Climbing Experience in VR: "Muscle Ninja VR"

Muscle Ninja VR": Join the Audience in a VR Version of "Muscle Ranking"
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This VR game primarily involves wall climbing action, simulating the experience by physically moving your body. The game progresses in the style of a TV program, making the player the star. This allows the audience to participate in the gaming experience as well.

"Treehouse Riddle": A Tree-top Puzzle Adventure

"Treehouse Riddle": A Puzzle Game Illustrated in Nostalgic Pixel Art
Steam:Treehouse Riddle (steampowered.com)

Featuring the warmth of pixel art and over 60 puzzle-solving elements, players in this game aim to escape from a house in the trees. The game also includes hints and a skip function to accommodate those who might find the intricate problem-solving challenging.

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