Are you a fan of Eastern role-playing games like Genshin Impact and Final Fantasy? Then you might just be about to discover your new favourite game. Meet Onmyoji, a gorgeous strategy RPG from NetEase Games. Combining strategic combat with an immersive story and addictive mechanics, Onmyoji is a great on-the-go game for players of all types.
This award-winning game transports players to the Heian Period of Japanese history, where mythical monsters coexist with humans. Playing as one of the game’s unique heroes, you’ll form contracts with creatures called Shikigami, becoming powerful Onmyoji. Take on quests, explore the world, and fight evil demons using your subjugated Shikigami.
There is an immersive story to follow which can be accessed through story quests. Meet new heroes and discover the secrets of the Shikigami as you embark on an epic adventure based on Japanese literature. Discover the connections and relationships between Shikigami as you dive into enchanting lore. There are also daily quests which will grant gift pack rewards containing new items and cosmetics for your cast of lovable characters.
Onmyoji’s core gameplay consists of exploration and combat. Battles are a turn-based affair, where you can utilise the skills and magical powers of your Shikigami to exploit your enemies’ weaknesses. Combat modes can be switched between manual and automatic, meaning that casual players can take a more hands-off approach if needed. There is strategic depth to the combat as well, with over 100 different types of Shikigami to choose from.
New Shikigami can be collected via a gacha mechanic similar to other popular mobile games like Genshin Impact. In addition to normal levelling up, Shikigami can be enhanced by star upgrades and evolution. You can also equip your Shikigami with powerful souls. Each Shikigami can equip up to six souls with varying effects. When two or four souls of the same type are equipped, you can access some special effects, so mix and match souls to find the best results for your play style.
On top of having a deep story and satisfying combat, Onmyoji also looks stunning, delivering console-level graphics to mobile systems. The game’s unique art style fuses traditional Japanese art with fabulous fashion for a truly original look. The anime-inspired character designs sport elaborate costumes, offering a modern spin on their mythological counterparts.
Along with the stunning visuals, Onmyoji’s audio production is also top-tier. An ensemble cast of world-class Japanese actors from the world of anime voice the game’s diverse batch of characters. The cast includes Noriaki Sugiyama (Naruto), Rie Kugimiya (Toradora!), Miyuki Sawashiro (Evangelion 3.0+1.0), Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Free!), Akira Ishida (Sailor Moon), Kazuhiko Inoue (Naruto), and more.
Colour is also added to the world through beautiful music, composed by the renowned Shigeru Umebayashi, who has provided music for Ghost of Tsushima and House of Flying Daggers. The soundtrack features nearly 50 original pieces which capture the ancient appeal of Onmyoji’s world. Mixing string and wind instruments with traditional percussion, the gorgeous score deepens the player’s connection with the game at every turn.
Now NetEase Games has added a host of new content and events to the games’ ever-growing fanbase. For starters, there are two new Shikigami for players to meet. The first is Shikigami Susanoo, the Executioner of the Takamagahara trinity and head of the martial gods. Inspired by a key figure from Japanese mythology, Susanoo protects the world with brutal power.
Also joining the fray is Shikigami Divine Prophet Susabi, the best disciple of the moon god Tsukuyomi. Not much is known about this mysterious Shikigami, except that he fell to Earth to discover his destiny and complete an undisclosed mission. What we can say for sure is that he will make a formidable ally to players that seek him out.
These gods can be obtained through a summoning event taking place from October 19-30. During the event, perform a summon with Mystery Amulet, Jade, or AR Amulet and you can enjoy an array of benefits including an increased chance of rare summons and tier gift packs containing rare items.
With all of this new content on the way and further updates on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to jump into Onmyoji. To start your adventure today head over to your mobile device’s app store and download the game for free today.