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"A solid ghost story, accompanied by some freaky imagery."

Rock, Paper, Shotgun

"Yurei Station draws on what lies in your peripheral vision, what you almost see but can’t quite focus on."

Kotaku





About

A girl takes a night train heading to an unknown destination…

Yûrei Station ("Ghost Station") is a free adventure game inspired by Japanese ghost stories.
It was written and designed by Atelier Sentô, based on memories of their life in Japan,
and of the trains they used to take at dawn.
The graphics were hand-painted with pencils and watercolors by high school students.
It was done in 2 days (March 6 and 7, 2017) during a workshop at La Joliverie in Nantes.

Developer: Atelier Sentô and students from La Joliverie (Pôle des Arts Graphiques)
Genre: point-and-click
Software: Unity
Release date: May 2017
Platforms: PC / Mac / Linux

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Story

A young Japanese girl has been receiving strange messages on her mobile phone since the disappearance of her boyfriend. One night, the messages guide her to a strange unnamed village lost in the countryside, at the edge of the woods...

Screenshots

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A watercolor video game

All the graphics are hand-drawn with pencils and painted with watercolors by high school students.

workshop at La Joliverie

Yûrei Station was created during a workshop with 25 students from the French graphic art school La Joliverie in march 2017. The students drew all the graphics in only 2 days. Each student chose a part of the background (tree, house, mountain...) and drew a sketch on paper. They used a light pad and an 8B pencil to copy it on a watercolor paper. Then, the drawings were painted with watercolors. Finally, all the drawings were scanned, cut out on photoshop and incorporated into the game. There was a prototype ready with placeholder graphics so scanned drawings appeared automatically in the game. At the end of the workshop, a first version of Yûrei Station was projected on a screen, in front of all the students.

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UNITY

We used Unity and the plugin Adventure Creator. All graphics are 2D sprites integrated in a 3D area, like a diorama. The camera is set behind the main character and follows her as she walks, in order to create a cinematic feel, mainly inspired by Gus Van Sant's “Elephant”.


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Character design

The main characters are a young Japanese girl and her boyfriend, living in the countryside. The girl's walking animation is hand-drawn on paper, frame by frame.

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Credits

STORY, MUSIC AND CODE
Atelier Sentô

CHARACTERS
Melissa Dugué, Matilda Gaudin & Louis Beaudaux

BACKGROUNDS
Zoé Quénéhervé, Corentin Caufment, Loris Fradin, Manon Chwalczynski, Mélinda Duteil, Emma Averty, Pierre Gouraud, Enzo Mary, Marceau Ferchaud, Astrid Rauline, Emma Sanchez, Nathalie Fleurance, Florence Garcia, Marie Albert, Sarah Chatreau, Salomé Retailleau, Roony Richard, Marion Baherre, Marie Juilla, Lou-Anne Drhouin & Maryline Bellec.

TRANSLATIONS
English: Josh Tierney
Japanese: Zatsukin
Korean: Jihyun Lim
Italian: Ivan Braidi

Making-of

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MUSIC