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Kamiko

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KAMIKO is a game styled around Japanese Shinto beliefs. Fight as priestesses called "KAMIKO" and battle against demons while solving puzzles to make your way through the stages. Look no further if you are looking for an arcade action game with a twist! Each stage has several Torii (gates) which are magically sealed. Find a way to break all the seals to make your way to the stage boss. Another fun and easy original created by indie games SKIPMORE.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

This is a game which I've been playing for years, mostly on my Nintendo Switch, and I really like it. Today I felt like writing a review to praise the things I like about it, but also to address something I really don't like about its PC version.
This is a very short but very replayable game. You have 3 characters to choose from who play very differently from one another and it's also fun to try and beat your previous times. The graphics and music and absolutely fantastic and the bosses are pretty fun, albeit a bit easy. Also, if you like the Fairune games, you could consider this a sort of sequel/spin-off to them, as they share a lot in common, as well as having the heroine from Fairune playable here as Hinome.
But here's the thing that I really don't like about the PC version of the game (which isn't an issue on consoles): the launcher. The game doesn't boot right away, instead taking you to a launcher where you can change windows settings and resolution and that kind of stuff, which is fine. My problem comes from the awful section for the controls, which doesn't tell you what anything does, has a lot of repeated rows which cause even more confusion and you have to launch the game to check if you changed the right thing. If not, you have to close it and try again until you somehow get it right. Even if you ignore this, the default controls are, in my opinion, really bad.

Review from Steam

A short but sweet game, that seems to be the trend with Skipmore's stuff.
Kamiko's a very simplistic Zelda clone with a somewhat repetitive gameplay that has its own charm, and while extremely short, it helps itself by being quite replayable (thanks to achievements asking you for 1cc/no dmg) and having an in-game timer (also a total timer once you've finished the game), which I doubt I need to explain what it incites. It's basically just a perfect time killing game for when you have nothing else to do or don't wanna play anything too long.
The aesthetic and OST is where this game shines though, the Shinto-like design of the game is something really pretty to look at, and the OST really compliments the game well.
Overall, this game's something I've liked so far, but I can see why people don't really like it. Doesn't help that the price tag outside sales is a bit iffy for the ammount of time you'll spend playing this game if you don't end up replaying it tons of times. I'd recommend buying it on sale, because who knows, you could probably like it too.

Review from Steam

Very fun 2D action hack n slash game with puzzles.
Combat and controls are very fast and fluid and the puzzles are very well designed. It's overall I think it's an easy game, but there is still some challenge when facing bosses and discovering where the keys and orbs to unlock new areas are.
I had a great time with this game. It's very short and took about 90 minutes to beat, but I had fun with every minute I played.
There are 3 characters to choose, and each of them plays differently from what I have tried. I think this game should be popular when doing speedruns or perfect runs without taking damage due to it's arcade nature.
Music is excellent and the 2D artwork is great.
Good game, I recommend it but it would be better if it were longer. Get it when it's on sale.

Review from Steam

Kamiko is a very short and sweet game that is inspired by Zelda kind of.
Really it's just 4 or so levels of light exploration and puzzles with bosses at the end that takes about 50-60 minutes to finish in total, and it's not bad at all, the game is honestly quite replayable with having 3 characters to go through the game with. If you like the combat of zelda games and want a quite simple and enjoyable game to go through that's also short, You have no need but to look further then this game as it'll do the job for you.

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