Published on November 19th, 2022 | by Adrian Gunning
Stardew Valley meets Pokémon as Ova Magica eyes a 2023 release
Need an endearingly vibrant, critter-catching wholesome JRPG experience? Trailblazing publisher Top Hat Studios is proud to present Ova Magica, a special and charming title combining the best of the JRPG, farming and monster taming genres with life-sim elements! Ahead of the game’s release in 2023, a new trailer demonstrating both never before seen gameplay as well as features in the game is now available, first broadcast as part of the just-run PC Gaming Show!
Developed by ClaudiaTheDev, and published and ported by Top Hat Studios, Inc., Ova Magica will release DRM-Free, Steam (Windows, Mac OS and Linux), Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
About Ova Magica, Those Magical Eggs
Ova Magica is an ode to some of your favorite games, from Stardew Valley and Slime Rancher, to timeless classics such as Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons, Pokémon, Grandia, Jade Cocoon and Azure Dreams.
In Ova Magica, you must manage a farmstead on the outskirts of a quaint little hamlet called Clover Town. Filled with colorful manga-stylized NPCs, you need to engage with them through conversations, gifts, and, of course, blob battles. As your relationship with the locals (some of whom you might choose to settle down with!) and town increases, the secrets of Clover Town start to unlock in front of you. And by secrets, we mean hidden temples, dungeons, and portals to exotic dimensions! These new worlds contain strange items and priceless artifacts that hold the key to the town’s – and your own – future.
Say What? Blob Battles?
Yes, you read that correctly. Blob battles! Blobs live out in the wild. You must undertake perilous adventures into lost temples and anciet dungeons searching for Blob eggs.
Blobs share a connection to their environments, so it stands to reason that you might find fire-themed Blobs in desert dungeons, while those deep in the jungle will be populated by appropriately jungly Blobs. Their native habitats will differ thanks to the miracle of procedural generation, in the spirit of the classic PS1 RPG Azure Dreams.
After hatching, you raise and train your blob to become a trusty side-kick and companion. Battles are great fun and very challenging, but your Blob can do so much more than fight. Each one possesses special abilities that you can use to cultivate your farm. For instance, using explosives to clear rock piles or water elements that help water plants using their… well… you know.
Unlike Pokemon, blobs can be made stronger and inherit each others’ abilities and characteristics by crossbreeding with any other blob species! Once the eggs hatch, get a couple of blobs up together in one of the dedicated love pods, give them some space, and wallah!, their blobby love blossoms into new crossbred species.
Let’s Talk About Clover Town
The picturesque countryside surrounding Clover Town offers plenty to do. Chop down trees, chase down butterflies with a net, grow/harvest crops, and more. Then sell your goods at the town farmer’s market to earn the funds you need to build up your home or expand the town. However, Ova Magica is just as much about adventuring as it is about city building! As you work on your farm you’ll also find special ingredients that unlock portals to the world’s dungeons and temples.
There is much to explore in these dungeons and wildlands. Find rival blob trainers and bosses ready to challenge you and your blobs in the Active Time Battle system. Be prepared! Or, just sit down and enjoy a cup of tea alongside other adventurers also passing through these odd new worlds. With the treasures you bring back, you can build advanced farm tools and special facilities for the town.
Town expansion is important as it unlocks additional activities, new questlines, and attracts other NPCs to populate your very own Clover Town. Just outside of Clover Town, you’ll find even more activities and secrets – from fishing ponds where you can kick back on a day off, and misplaced blueprints for advanced machinery like juicers, creamers, and furnaces. Don’t forget to catch up with the latest news from the blob trainer community at the local Blob League HQ.
We have much more to share, so be sure to stay tuned for all the latest news from Blob League HQ!
When Can I Get My Hands On Ova Magica?
Ova Magica is coming in late 2023 for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4/PS5, and Xbox One/Series. Head over to the Steam page to find out more about the game, wishlist it if you’re into it, and join our Discord to keep up with all the latest happenings at Top Hat Studios at their official site.
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About Top Hat Studios, Inc.
Top Hat Studios is a trailblazing East Coast-based indie publisher and porting house, a proud supporter of games from blockbuster productions all the way to niche and boutique experimentations. Notable titles include Frogun, Cloudscape, Elementallis, Labyrinth of The Demon King, Toasty: Ashes of Dusk and more. The firm provides a full suite of publishing, business development, media, and porting expertise to both indie and solo developers, and are also the industry’s leading Kickstarter success consultants.