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Spirit City: Lofi Sessions (2024) is a simulation game and digital interactive recreation of the famous Lofi livestreams intended to help you study and stay focussed. Rather than being played directly, it's designed to be put on in the background while working, studying, or doing chores, with different timers, styles of music, and events that you check in on when you're done. It stands out for this unusual style of play, and for the way it enables interaction with a hugely popular study and focussing tool.

Lo-fi music, officially meaning music with imperfections in the recording, has come to be associated with unobtrusive, calming melodies often used by people studying or working as a way of staying on task and avoiding distraction. This led to the popularisation of YouTube channels offering hours-long videos and live streams of Lofi music, generally with unobtrusive animated videos of people studying accompanying them. Spirit City is a recreation of this style of content in video game form.

You create your character and design their room, then choose different Lofi playlists, almost like radio stations, to listen to. You can also open YouTube within the game to play any music you like if you want something different. You then choose where to put your character - by the fire, on their bed, at their desk, and so on - and then leave the game in the background while you work, with optional timers and checklists to help you stay organised. As the game runs in the background, spirit animals come to visit, with different species coming depending on where you are, and you slowly fill up a book of all the different species, which in turn allows you to customise your room and character with new items and variations.

The result is an experience that's less a game, at least in the traditional sense of continual interaction, and rather a way to help you stay organised and focussed on your real-life to-do list. With the inclusion of fun customisation and the promise of an ever-expanding list of catalogued spirits, it offers a reason to keep working away at your challenges in a calm and healthy way.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Spirit City: Lofi Sessions 3 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting and Simulation game with Creative elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round of this game. There is no end goal for the game, with the intention being to use it as a focus tool while studying and working, regardless of how long that is.

BenefitsBenefits

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI "!", to indicate the need for parental guidance..

There is a web browser you can use on YouTube to allow you to play whatever music you want if you don't want to use one of the curated playlists. This comes with essentially allowing all YouTube content into the game, some of which is intended for adults and mature audiences.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. This isn't a game you play so much as it is one you use to focus; as a result, there is no need for quick reactions or skill of any kind.

CostsCosts

Spirit City: Lofi Sessions usually costs £9.99.
 

Spirit City: Lofi Sessions

Steam Store PC £9.99
Steam Store PC £9.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/04/2024

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Collecting, Simulation and Creative

Accessibility: 20 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Spirit City Lofi (@SpiritCityLofi)


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