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Wrangle Hot-Headed Customers into Soothing Springs, Cure Their Ailments, and Fend Off Troublesome Yokai in Arcade-Style Gameplay

August 15, 2022

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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

Whitethorn Games | Erie, Pennsylvania (August 15, 2022) — Today, Whitethorn Games — publisher of cozy indie hits such as APICO, Wytchwood, and Lake — alongside developer Waking Oni Games are overjoyed to announce that the arcade-style hot spring customer management game, Onsen Master, is launching on September 1, 2022. The game will be available for Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam.

Onsen Master features arcade-style single and two-player co-op, where players must manage the customers of their hot springs, and prepare and put together the correct ingredients to cure their ailments. Running around the hot springs, wrangling wandering customers, and putting the right concoctions into the right baths can be hectic enough already, but troublesome yokai look to impede players’ excellent service as well.
The soothing waters of Izajima Island are waiting for you! Spring into action and request a key for Onsen Master!
A dark cloud hangs over the island of Izajima, its effects weighing heavily on the inhabitants. Mischievous spirits called yokai are running amok within the island’s hot springs. And the great Onsen Master, keeper of the hot springs and healer of ailments, has mysteriously vanished. Players will take on the role of his apprentice, Mu, in order to restore balance and uncover what happened to the Onsen Master!

Key features of Onsen Master include:

  • Spring Fling: Experience a short and sweet story for up to two players, and unveil the island of Izajima in a visual novel style narrative with a cute anime aesthetic.

  • The Customer is Always Right: Skip the story and dive right in with Arcade Mode! Choose one of the six hot spring levels to put your customer service skills to the test.

  • The Heat is On: Take on others in a competitive couch multiplayer mode where players must each work to manage their customers within the same hot spring.

  • Spa Music: An original soundtrack full of tunes akin to a Feudal fairy tale, composed by Dorrell Ettienne.

Onsen Master will release on Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on September 1, 2022.
To keep up with all things Onsen Master, be sure to follow Waking Oni Games on Twitter, and visit their official website. Follow Whitethorn Games on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, join the Discord community, and visit the official website.
A full press kit, including logos and screenshots, can be found here: https://uberstrategist.link/Onsen-Master-Press-Kit.
About Whitethorn Games
We’re an indie game publisher focusing on pleasant, cozy games that can be played in pieces, that require no special skills or knowledge, and that anyone can pick up and play. We’re believers in accessibility, inclusion, and widening the audience that gets to play. We like to consider ourselves the defenders of easy games. While our games might challenge you, they’ll respect your time, they’ll make sure you can play, and most importantly, they’ll never punish you. Learn more at https://whitethorngames.com/.
About Waking Oni Games
Waking Oni Games is a BIPOC led indie studio, creating experiences that are meant to uplift underrepresented voices while exploring cultural intersections, media, and nostalgia. Visit https://wakingonigames.com/.
Lisa Mior, James Robinson, Michael Hruby
UberStrategist Inc.
[email protected]

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