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The year: 1923. The city: the Big Apple, New York herself. Her streets are filled with secrets, sin, and...spirits. That’s where Lana and Nadia Kozmin come in, two siblings with a knack for talking sense into stubborn spooks.

In Free Spirits, you’ll bump up against bootleg brewers, visit with vain vaudevillians, and come across even more colourful characters. Using your silver tongue, intimidation, and even baked goods, it’s your job to convince ghosts that it’s time to make like the wind and blow on outta the land of the living.

Trouble is, these problem poltergeists still have an itch that needs scratching, and they’re none too keen to fly off to their final rest without satisfying it. Since you can’t kill a ghost, you’ll have to engage in a little schmoozing -- or even strong arming -- to send them packing. This is done through a turn-based battle system where every turn consists of multiple actions, which can be split between Lana and Kozmin. Exploring levels yields clues you can use to loosen those ghosts’ lips, something you’ll need in order to convince ‘em to scram. If you get stuck, you’re always welcome at The Cat’s Meow, a local speakeasy and something of a home base.

But while both Kozmins are great at speaking with the dead, their methods of communication don’t always line up. Can they learn to work together to heal the ghosts of New York, or will they fail and walk away with their spirits crushed?

This was an entry for the 2015 Indie Game Maker Contest. We won the RPG Maker Engine Prize!

Latest Blog

Update

Against emmych’s wishes, I’ve uploaded an update for the game. A lot of unfinished content was cut, as the writing was not done, which makes this update mainly bugfixes, updated graphics, and a few new things. If you played the contest version it’s pretty much identical, just slightly more polished. There’s quite a lot that I did, but can’t re-use for any future projects, so I didn’t want it to go to waste. Plus, it's about the one-year anniversary.

The only other updates will be for game-breaking bugs anyone reports, or something egregiously bad but not necessarily game-breaking. Both versions are open projects, so feel free to crack them open and see how things work or use my art or whatever you want.

Edit: Since someone asked, I'd prefer if people didn't do let's plays or make videos of this game.

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charblar
"wait you made this a career?"
3552
this looks really good omg...
Hey, thanks~ Here's hopin' it will be! We're working real hard on it ;w;
CashmereCat
Self-proclaimed Puzzle Snob
10032
Eek! You guys are joining? Scary for me... looks threatening! I'm jealous.
oh jeez I hadn't seen much of the sprites and tiles yet! this game is really gorgeous
@CC: Hehe, thanks! Good luck to you as well. <W<

@mawk: HEEHEE THANKS BUD <333 Penta's doing super great work and augh augh augh I am honoured to be in this collab ;____;
Solitayre
Circumstance penalty for being the bard.
18012
No ghost punching? What the hell kind of game do you two think you're making here?!
No worries, the sequel addresses this very issue

author=PentagonBuddy
No worries, the sequel addresses this very issue




okay okay i'll get back to work now
it's okay penta



(i'm super gonna make that img my new phone background oh my god)
((OKAY I'M GONNA GET BACK TO WORK NOW TOO))
Time is marching on yes, but still best of luck to you three ( I was your first subber too ^^ ). Don't forget to dedicate at least a week for testing. Wouldn't want a beautiful looking game like this to be 'bugged' out of the competition.
@Luchino: AHHH YES. OTL Gotta love bugs. Here's hoping we can nip the gamebreaking ones before the 7th, at least! ;___;
Thanks a bunch, too. The support is super appreciated. ;w;
Ronove
More like Misao Stealing Prince
1697
So this is what you've been up to! It looks amazing so far! I can't wait to play it! :D
author=Ronove
So this is what you've been up to! It looks amazing so far! I can't wait to play it! :D

Aaaah, thanks! <3 Well hey, hopefully you'll be able to do that come the 7th <__<;
Ronove
More like Misao Stealing Prince
1697
You can do it! *shakes pom poms*
Holy crap this looks like the most amazing thing.
This game reminded me of Skull Girls because of the title background. And I cried a bit :c
Awww, I hope it was good tears! And hey, while this is no fighting game, most of the characters in this game have been created in WWE2k14 and we regularly make them wrestle.

Jason's entrance is truly something to behold.
Solitayre
Circumstance penalty for being the bard.
18012
I can't solve the fourth ghost. I've tried everything. I am bad at video games.
author=Solitayre
I can't solve the fourth ghost. I've tried everything. I am bad at video games.

Where abouts are ya stuck? Maybe I can help out. <__<
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