Shoka is specifically designed to make sure YOU WON'T WIN. Kinda reminiscent of those "Kaizo" games e.g. Emerald Kaizo and Kaizo Mario.
The mechanics are pretty simple to understand, anyone who've played any RPG Maker game should know the game's control but just in case there's people who have never heard of RPG Maker reading this forums, the controls are as follows:
Z - SELECT
X - CANCEL
ARROW KEYS - NAVIGATION
This game is nigh impossible because even if you over-level yourself, there will still be some bosses that can destroy you if you make a wrong move, and if you screw up too much, you might have to restart the entire game since save points are very limited. Discounting the bosses, some random encounters can catch you off-guard and send you to the game over screen! Apart from that, there's not much to worry about, this game isn't confusing at all, everything is pretty linear and laid out with some hidden items here and there, all you need to do is not lose.
I will not be delving into anything pertaining to this game here like it's character or plot, except for the opening sequence, which is an average person coincidentally stumbling across a gateway. I understand that dropping some spoilers about the lore and gameplay is good for hooking in potential players, but Shoka is best played completely blind as the feeling of playing through a game for the first time without any outside knowledge is truly sacred. Hell, even the images I posted below are completely meaningless without any context. You might argue this defeats the purpose of using "Inline spoiler" but let's be real here, our instinctual curiosity will lead us to clicking on the spoiler tag so it never had a purpose to begin with.
If you want to know more about the game, you can watch this trailer and read the wall of text in the comment section. There are spoilers but I kept it pretty minimal, nothing about the lore or major events.
And if you STILL have any questions that you want to ask before or after playing Shoka, you can contact me directly via my discord server, as my DMs are always open. The community is pretty friendly too, albeit chaotic most of the time.
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