YIIK: A Postmodern RPG (or Y2K) is a surreal role-playing game from developer Ackk Studios and publisher Ysbryd Games.

It draws inspiration from Japanese RPGs like the heartwarming EarthBound and ultra-stylish Persona, resulting in a pop culture oddball that stands out in a genre that’s replete with swords and sorcery.

It’s slated for release later this year for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo Wii U.

In a hands-on demo at the Electronic Entertainment Expo last week, I ran around YIIK’s hometown as Alex, the bearded flannel-wearing main character who looks like he a) knows what kombucha is and b) definitely knows how to brew it.

It has colorful aesthetics as well as a quirky battle system.

Characters wield items like vinyl records and yo-yos, using them in twitch- or rhythm-based minigames to fight enemies, perhaps inspired by the innovative battle system in the indie smash hit RPG Undertale.

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