Skrollcat Studio’s debut game, Hoa, releases today for PC and console. If you’ve yet to get wind of this gorgeous puzzle-platform adventure, then the Studio Ghibli-esque hand-painted art style should be more than enough to get most heads turning. The soundtrack doesn’t stray far at all from what we’d expect from the famed Japanese animation studio, either. Expect sweet piano-led melodies, equal parts nostalgia, and wholesome sweetness.
The game promises a pensive, cozy experience and casts you as the titular Hoa, an adorable hooded pixie, to explore a natural world teeming with atmosphere, color, and friendly creatures. It’s a story about the restorative powers of nature, childhood innocence, and returning home after a long time away.
Hoa borrows your time to solve exploration-based puzzles and overcome gentle platforming sections with no combat to speak of whatsoever. These make the most of Hoa‘s lush, beautiful world. Beetles become launch pads, ladybirds act as temporary platforms, and there are crabs you can ride.
Hoa PC Key Features
- Breathtaking hand-painted art – Step into a painting that lives – explore a vast world of meticulously crafted sceneries of stunning hand-painted art.
- Outstanding original soundtrack – Captivating story-telling and emotionally charged, Hoa’s exceptional score, originally composed and live-recorded, brings its world to life with a touch of nostalgia.
- Lovely creatures – Keep an eye out for delightful magical creatures along the way. Most of them want to be friends, some might even tell you a little story or two. Cuteness guaranteed.
- Gentle, yet compelling flow – Navigate with a keen eye and solve exploration-based puzzles. Relax to the organic rhythm of subtle storytelling while being intrigued by endless little wonders. Be a child – it’s easier and harder than it may seem.
Once more, Hoa releases today on PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Furthermore, publisher PM Studios is running a welcome -15% off launch discount for those on PC that lowers an already reasonable asking price.