Hi everyone, I’m Robert, the solo developer behind Hokko Life – a creativity-filled life-sim game, now available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S!
I thought I’d share a few words going through some of the different locations in Hokko, and the fun and relaxing activities you can get into during your time there.
First things first, let’s talk about the Meadow! Soon after arriving in town, you’ll renovate your own home in the Meadow and start your new life in Hokko. As more villagers move to town, you’ll be choosing where to build houses, customizing their appearance, and moving in (or evicting) residents; each Meadow layout is randomized, making your world truly personal. The Meadow’s not the only place you can build homes though; how about a nice beach-side residence, or even a room with a view at the top of the mountain? With Hokko Life, personalization and creativity is key, and you’re free to design your town your way!
Speaking of creativity, let’s talk about the Workshop! Here you’ll find all the tools you need to take your town to the next level. Using the resources you find in the world, take a seat at the Design Table and design anything you can imagine! By combining different shapes, materials, and paints in a 100% free-form editor, create any furniture you like; the sky really is the limit for creativity! And if you don’t know where to start, you can take an existing design and rework it to your own taste; or download creations from other players and give them your own personal touch. Anything you design or download can be used to decorate your town, or any home, making your village truly unique.
It’s not just furniture and items you can design though! Grab some paint and brushes and create a new look by designing your own shoes, skirts, hats, and more! You can even create bespoke wall and floor designs, paint custom signs, or make that perfect piece of art to hang on your wall.
If you’re feeling like a change from all that decorating, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy. Have a chat with Derris and he’ll get you started with fishing; unlock a huge amount of fish ready to be collected and added to your Collection Book. Craft different baits, and head to the Beach, Grove, and Meadow during different seasons, to make sure you catch them all.
Mastered all the fishing spots? Turn the pages of the Collection Book and you’ll find a big long list of butterflies and other insects to be found around the world. Hunt them down in the woods, or maybe even find some lurking in the Town Center.
While you’re in the Town Center, head into Moss’s General Store and check out what new furniture or items he has in stock; or sell what you don’t need to make some extra cash. Laurus’s Salon across the square is where you’ll be able to go for a make-over, and to find the latest fashions. You’ll also find Rosa’s Office in the Town Center; selling new roofs and walls to customize homes; as well as house-building services whenever you have a new resident to move in.
If you’re in the mood for a little day-trip, why not hop on a train and head over to the City Center; the online location for the game. Here you’ll find a bunch of stores including the Community Store, which showcases the winning community designs from the most recent Creator Challenge; the Department Store, which is where you can view other players’ creations and upload your own; and the Seasonal Store, which opens for a limited amount of time during real-world seasons to offer limited themed items for your town.
Feeling all shopped out? Take a boat out to the Desert Island, available in a day-one update to the game, where you can kick back and relax or maybe even spend some time hunting for ancient artefacts. Archaeologist Leonard’s excavation isn’t going so well, so help him out and donate anything you find to earn some fun rewards!
Once back on the mainland, it’s time to start winding down for the day, and what better way than pottering about on the Farm, watering your plants and tending to your crops. Maybe your pumpkins are ready for harvest, or perhaps there are new oranges to pick from the tree. I’m sure Oma and the other residents will be more than delighted with anything you grow!
I hope this little introduction to the game has given you a taste for life in Hokko. It’s been wonderful sharing with you some of the things you can do in the game, and I cannot wait to see what amazing creations you design now that Hokko Life is available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S!
Step off the train into the town of Hokko and get settled into your new home! This quiet village needs your help to turn it into the charming rural town everyone loves. With hammer and paints in hand it’s up to you to design, build and decorate homes for all of your new friends! Get Creative! Busy yourself away in the dusty old workshop and let your creativity flow! Craft materials and combine them in whatever way you desire to create new and wonderful furniture and items for your town. Collect flowers, mix paints and use them to design wallpapers, flooring and even clothing! Will you design an urban-industrial furniture collection or maybe a bright flowery wallpaper set? With all of the workshop at your disposal, you’ll have complete freedom to design a town your villagers will absolutely love. Features CRAFT: Head to the forest or the abandoned mine to chop; mine, and dig for resources. Take what you’ve collected back to town and craft them into materials you can use in your own designs. DESIGN: Gather your materials and head into the workshop to put your own spin on every item in the game. Use the design table to build your own furniture, combining different shapes and materials in a simple but powerful editor. PAINT: Pop on your overall, get out those brushes and throw some colour down. You can design wallpaper, flooring and even T-Shirts for you and the villagers to wear. Get everyone in town wearing your own unique designs! BUILD: Enlist the help of the resident builder and start expanding the town. Place buildings wherever you like and get them ready for new villagers to move to town. DECORATE: Customize the interior and exterior of any home, choose designs and place furniture to make a home your new friends will love. FARM: Turn any plot of land into a place to grow vegetables and other plants, use your green fingers to grow and sell the best produce. FISH: Spend a quiet morning at the various fishing spots around the world of Hokko and build your fishing collection. Fish have unique habits, so you’ll need to vary your approach, with each catch providing it’s own challenge when you reel in. BUG HUNT: Fluttering and scuttling about the world of Hokko you’ll find a whole range of insects for you to catch and build your collection with; keep a eye out, you never know what might be hiding in that bush!