There are monster-taming video games and farming video games and by no means the twain shall… mentioned nobody, ever. In any case, have you ever by no means fantasised that Pokemon could possibly be put to a lot nicer and extra moral use different than simply combating one another? Or that whenever you’re toiling away in your Stardew Valley ranch, {that a} serving to hand from cutesy subservient critters could possibly be simply what you want?

Enter High Hat Studios’ Ova Magica, an endearingly vibrant and pleasant critter-catching JRPG that sees you handle a farmstead on the outskirts of a quaint little place referred to as Clover City. The city is stuffed with vibrant characters, delivered to life by means of manga-style artwork whenever you chat to them, and loads of methods to interact them by means of conversations, presents, and, after all, blob battles. You by no means know what unusual mixture of actions and quests will show to be the important thing to a given character’s coronary heart!

As you agree into your new life in Clover City, you will be accompanied by ‘Blobs’ – rotund creatures that hatch from eggs and will be educated for tactical turn-based battles. It’s also possible to utilise their specialist talents that will help you out across the farm; bomb blobs can use explosions to clear up rock piles, for instance, whereas water elemental blobs can (you guessed it) water crops! You discover these magical creatures out within the wild, they usually vary in look from cats, bunnies, cows, bees, and tortoises, to decidedly much less animalian variations like bombs. A technique by which they do not fluctuate is that they are all spherical and bounce round after you want lovable area hoppers. 

farming in Ova Magica

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To seek out rarer blob eggs, you will must enterprise on expeditions into the misplaced temples and dungeons of the world – which can all the time be totally different due to the miracle of procedural era, within the spirit of the basic PS1 RPG Azure Goals. The Blobs you discover can be linked to the environments too, so you will discover fire-themed Blobs in desert dungeons, whereas these deep within the jungle can be populated by appropriately jungly Blobs.

Not like these rigid Pokemon, blobs will be made stronger by crossbreeding them with different blob species. As soon as the eggs hatch, shack a few blobs up collectively in one of many devoted *ahem* love pods, give them some area (significantly, no peeking), and let their blobby love blossom into the superbly crossbred new blob species. You are able to do this any variety of instances, making for all types of artistic combos!

In the meantime, again within the picturesque countryside surrounding Clover City, there will be a lot for you and your blob squad to crack on with. Chop bushes, smash rocks, develop and harvest crops, then promote them on the city market, use them to construct up your humble abode, and even assist increase the city itself! Sure, producing the supplies to assist construct up the city will unlock extra actions and quest traces, and entice new NPCs to come back stay there. However Ova Magica is as a lot about adventuring as it’s about constructing, and as you’re employed in your farm you will additionally discover particular substances that unlock portals to the world’s dungeons and temples. 

adventuring in Ova Magica

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The world round Clover City holds many actions and secrets and techniques – from fishing ponds where you’ll be able to relax on a time off, to blueprints for superior equipment like juicers and furnaces. After all, there’s an entire lot of motion on the market in these wildlands and dungeons, where rival blob trainers and even bosses await, prepared to check your mettle in a gripping Lively Time Battle system. It is a world made for individuals who like to interrupt up their chilled farming and social time with battles, blob breeding, and journey!

Ova Magica can be popping out sooner or later in late 2023 on PC, Nintendo Change, PS4/PS5, and Xbox One/Collection. Head over to the Steam web page to search out out extra concerning the game, wishlist it for those who’re into it, and sustain with all the newest happenings at High Hat Studios at their official site