A downloadable Oba for Windows

OBA: Return of the Sovereign

Experimental build (non commercial prototype)

A prototype of game by Yves Mesnard

No additional support provided, game is given as is.

For more info about the future of this project, follow The Icehouse collective on Tumblr or Facebook!

On the Yoruba's lands ravaged by madness of gods and men linked by a magical Red Mask, travel through the fallen kingdom and avoid the traps, fight dark creatures and get back your power from the sleeping nature. Play as Oba to remind the past and to get rid of the rotten Sovereign, in order to regain her place and bring hope back in the lifeless and forsaken kingdom.

OBA was a project of independent game initiated by Beckoning Cat on his own and supported by The Icehouse collective. It was thought as an action/adventure game for PC, reminscent of famous console games such as the Zelda series or Ico. The main character, Oba, had the power to use nature and could invoke grass, flowers, trees and even animals. Animals could follow Oba everywhere and help her kill her ennemies, while the trees could be destroyed to make fire. Or you could just take their fruits to increase your HP.

Several portals were to be found in the Kingdom, and each of them were under the protection of a dark eye. If entering a portal would heal you and save your game, in return it would call for more and more ennemies around, for as long as you would stay inside it. Oba would have to use her powers and skills, including her sword, to defeat the ennemies.

OBA prototype was developped with Unity 4 in a few weeks. However Beckoning Cat believed that the gameplay was probably not good enough and that it was complicated for a single person to polish and finish such an ambitious project on his own.

It will be obvious that the project could never ever release in its existing form. However, we are also confident that, with the help of The Icehouse indie creator's collective, the project may come back in the future using a different approach (comic book, new game, or anything else?). Yet, for now, that is just a dream, and the developer has taken the decision to share his canceled prototype version with everyone in order to show and explain what happened! Please read the instructions below and enjoy the beginning of the game.

The Icehouse
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorThe Icehouse
Made withUnity
TagsAction-Adventure, ico, oba, Third Person, Unity, zelda
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Mouse


oba_prototype.rar 57 MB

Install instructions

  1. Download and extract the archive with a Winrar compatible program
  2. Run .exe and use keyboard/mouse to control Oba.

Use Alt+F4 to quit the game
Menus are disabled
Save/load function is disabled


  • Move OBA with WASD
  • Action: mouse left click (use sword...)
  • Special attack: hold left click to load, and release
  • Jump: space
  • Take and move block: right click (near block)
  • Climb: jump and hold right click
  • More: try middle click and other keys if you need

(in Windows you can switch from qwerty to azerty keyboard with alt+shift)

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