Onsen Master is a hot spring management game where Overcooked meets Spirited Away. If you’ve ever watched the brilliant Studio Ghibli animated film about a young girl who finds herself in a mystical bathhouse full of perfume, you may have wondered what it might be like to run such an establishment. Onsen Master is a co-op game from Waking Oni Games that hopes to make those dreams come true by putting you in control of various onsen and preventing the antics of nasty yokai.
Putting you, Mu, in the position of the titled student of the Onsen Master, you are tasked with managing an onsen (the Japanese name for hot springs and the facilities that surround them) located on the island of Izajima. You must satisfy your customers by preparing the right ingredients to soothe their concerns and make sure they get to the right baths without being distracted or causing problems.
Onsen Master features a short story mode with visual novel elements that can be played solo or in co-op with two players in split screen (and also online via Steam’s remote play feature). It follows Mu’s journey as she tries to find out what happened to her master and uncover the secret of Izajima. You can also jump straight into one of the game’s six hot springs in the arcade mode for quick play, or take on your friends in the competitive multiplayer mode.