Hoa: Upcoming Studio Ghibli-Inspired Platformer

Hoa the game
Ho, ho, Hoa!

After PiAwk last week, we decided to do another preview. Especially after we saw Hoa, which is in the early stages of development.

That distinctive Studio Ghibli look drew our attention in, as with many others. And after our 2019 preview, we can confirm it’s set for an April 2021 release!


It’s early in the game’s life cycle, but we do know the title is about little Hoa – she’s the red dress-type-thing sporting individual who appears to be stuck in Studio Ghibli land.

It’s a Hayao Myazaki-esque tale, too, where the diminutive sort sets out on an adventure to discover herself and find her way back to her homeland.

The game looks a lot like Spirited Away or some such. The comparison is blatantly obvious for fans of the Japanese animation giant.

This makes Hoa a more than welcome addition to the indie game world.

We’re sure many a Ghibli fan has dreamt of playing in one of its films. Ori and the Blind Forest is as close to perfection so far.

We don’t expect Hoa to match those heights, but it still looks like a chance to dream romp through a beautifully realised world.

If you check on Steam these days you’ll see the title is now also scheduled for a release in the summer of 2021.

July, to be exact, and it’s looking pretty epic!

Although Nintendo says it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch in April of 2021. That’s this month!

It’s a dream for many Studio Ghibli fans to have a title along the lines of those films and this looks set to deliver very possible the definitive experience.

And we’ll certainly be picking this up to review as soon as it’s available.


  1. I honestly feel relaxed just by watching the video of HOA.

    There’s something about it that gives me peace of mind.

    I like it.

    It’s a breath of fresh air from all the intense games coming out recently *cough* Devil May Cry 5 *cough* DOA 6.

    Looking forward to this one’s progress.

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