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Niche Spotlight – The Vagrant: Gorgeous Vanillaware-Like ARPG That’s Made in China

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Indie Chinese studio O.T.K. Games have been working on a gorgeous, 2D, hand-painted fantasy action game dubbed simply The Vagrant. The game had an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign, however, it’s still being developed – now with the hopes of furthering its costs via Steam Early Access.

The Vanillaware-like game is heavily reminiscent of the Japanese studio’s work, and O.T.K. are keen to not deny those games inspired this title. Featured above, you can view the latest trailer for the game, which follows the protagonist Vivian.

Players will explore through mysterious forests, haunted castles, and even wrecked battlegrounds as they search for Vivian’s father and his lost research. Her hope is to reunite her family through his lost work.

Here’s a rundown on the title, via O.T.K. Games:


The Vagrant is a 2D action RPG. As Vivian, you will experience an exciting and challenging adventure focused on combat gameplay that utilizes combo chains, charge attacks, and special skills, all while improving your character’s build through new equipment and abilities. Play casually or become a master combatant.

Key Features:

  • Hand-painted, traditionally animated characters.
  • Flawless, hardcore action combat.
  • Over 70 deadly and dangerous monsters and beasts.
  • 6+ massive level sets, all beautifully hand painted.
  • Multiple weapons, armors, and accessories to loot, purchase, and discover.
  • A large-scale skill set to enhance character builds for immersive and intense gameplay.
  • Craft and enchant your equipment to improve your combat performance.
  • Use various offensive skills to destroy your enemy. Evolve the skills with elemental enchantments.
  • Multiple endings to make your adventure even more unpredictable.
  • 10+ challenging Boss monster with intuitive AI and battle mechanics. Challenging even for the most advanced players.
  • Monsterpedia that allows you to collect data on the monsters as you defeat them.
  • Fast travel to previously visited areas to re-challenge or grind.
  • Exciting and emotionally driven musical score by Gabe Castro.
  • Rich and intriguing storyline development.
  • 4 difficulties ranging from casual play to hardcore fighting, each with the full gameplay experiences.
  • Fully compatible with Xbox One controllers.

If you want to get your hands on The Vagrant right now, head on over to its Steam Early Access page. If you’re a developer and want your game showcased on Niche Spotlight, please contact us!

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23 comments
  1. Etherblaze
    Etherblaze
    July 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    This actually looks really pretty.

    Love the main character design too. Inspire more, Vanillaware!

  2. criperro
    criperro
    July 11, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Ok I want this in the west

  3. Ckarasu
    Ckarasu
    July 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    The game looks OK, but the motion is still a bit on the stiff side. They could probably use a bit more time to tweak the motions before it’s officially released.

  4. InkViper
    InkViper
    July 11, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    You know what, this is a Chinese knockoff I can actually get behind, think I’ll keep this one on my radar.

  5. edge
    edge
    July 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I worry about this being almost too similar to Odin sphere. Several of the characters and moves seems super similar. I suppose if no one else cares, hopefully they bring a lit of originality.

  6. Khirt
    Khirt
    July 11, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Eh, Id rather keep playing Dragon Blaze.

  7. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    July 11, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    It looks okay, but the scrolling looks pretty bad, it’s like everything gets fuzzy.

  8. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    July 11, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    It looks nice, but then again it’s Early Access.

  9. OSad
    OSad
    July 11, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I think whoever rendered the trailer fucked up the target resolution and it came out interlaced. I doubt this is a problem with the engine or the assets themselves.

  10. David Curry
    David Curry
    July 11, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Puppet art and food porn, yeah they’re VW fans.

    Too bad it’s an ARPG and not a platfotmer.

  11. Verus
    Verus
    July 11, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    keeping this on my radar for sure, but i am not buying an unfinished game.

  12. Shattno
    Shattno
    July 11, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I like it, but will wait until after early access before I buy.

  13. sAy_YaS
    sAy_YaS
    July 11, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Looks great!! But i dont touch anything in Early Access. I can wait for the finished product.

  14. OSad
    OSad
    July 11, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    The original trailer has so much interlacing, you can see the strips with your naked eye without even pausing the video:

    https://puu.sh/wHmWv/f653cff4ca.png

    This has bothered the heck out of me. I’ve ran a filter through the trailer in After Effects to try and solve it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkGQotX6KRA

    The result is quite a bit blurrier because the problem was *that* bad in the original (you can even still see some strips if you pause the video while things are in motion), but at least it isn’t eye-searing to watch anymore.

  15. buddyluv324
    buddyluv324
    July 12, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Not bad! I’ll put this one on my wishlist, though I think i rather wait until the game is 100% complete.

  16. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    July 12, 2017 at 4:19 am

    I saw this on Steam earlier. It looks good, but I’m going to wait until it’s out of EA. I think I saw someone mentioning on the game forum that the price will be the same when it’s properly released, so there’s no harm in waiting.

  17. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    July 12, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Agreed. I can’t get past the scanlines. I wouldn’t be able to play the game just because of that, it would drive me insane. Hopefully it’s something they fix before full release, or make it an option you can turn on or off in settings.

  18. Miguel Angel Opazo Arancibia
    Miguel Angel Opazo Arancibia
    July 12, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I like it

  19. Maria Maasaa
    Maria Maasaa
    July 12, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I’d say the art style does look very Vanellaware. But the animations are lacking their polish.

  20. Zaelle
    Zaelle
    July 15, 2017 at 3:40 am

    Looks pretty nice to me. Vanillaware-esque graphics, 2d platformy/beat em upy gameplay. RPG elements? WAIFU?! SIGN ME UP!

    Seriously though, I will wait and see. I’m not much of an early adopter.

  21. AT-LOW
    AT-LOW
    July 26, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    After seeing some of the other 2d games coming out/released, this one looks like a mediocre game + tits. We’ll see how it is after it’s done but I ain’t holdin my breath