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Dala and the Cursed Forest

Dala and the Cursed Forest is a roguelike deckbuilder with a unique card fusion mechanic.

Combine cards to create powerful synergies, earning Cells to transform Dala into powerful forms changing up the gameplay!

Not just challenging, but also beautiful and cute. Characters are hand-drawn, inspired from Thai mythology and childhood tales. Blending Southeast Asian cultures with deck-building fun.


Genre : Roguelike Deckbuilder, Strategy, Turn-Based

Platforms : PC (Steam)

Company : Zai Studio


Game Concept

A Roguelike Deckbuilder with a unique card fusion mechanic. Join Dala, the Mutant maiden, on her quest to explore the cursed forest and restore peace to her cherished sanctuary. With hand-drawn visuals and strategic gameplay, transforms Dala into powerful forms to battle against the mythical creatures.


Gameplay :


  • Choose from distinct decks to start off your run.

  • Strategically play, combine, and transform cards while using different items to overcome an array of creatures.

  • Earn rewards and discover new cards throughout your journey.

  • Conquer over the forbidden forest and restore peace to Dala’s sanctuary.

  • Start over from the beginning when you die!


Game Feature:

  • Deck-Building: Build the deck the way you want to play .

  • Card Fusions: Combine different cards to create a more powerful card.

  • Transformations : Transform Dala into different forms unlocking new cards and abilities.

  • Thai Cuisine & Shopkeeper : Cook special dishes, discover items, and buy upgrades.

Unique Event: Surprise encounter that blesses and curses your run.

  • Dala Skill and Fairy Talent Tree : As you journey further, spend your hard-earned currency to enhance Dala's abilities and unlock powerful fairy talents, shaping your preferred playstyle.


Build the deck the way you want to play.


Combine different cards to create a more powerful card.


Transform Dala into different forms unlocking new cards and abilities.


Surprise encounter that blesses and curses your run.


Cook special dishes, discover items, and buy upgrades.


Set in a forbidden forest cursed by a mysterious power.

The consequences of power usage echo across the land corrupting all the creatures.


When Dala and the Cursed Forest leaves Early Access, it will come with :

• Four Gods, each with their own unique set of cards.

• 400+ normal cards and combined cards.

• 80+ different items to be found.

• 80+ unique combat encounters.

• 40+ mysterious events and mini games.

• A storyline from the cursed forest.

• 20+ Your Skill & Fairy Skill Talent Trees


Development Roadmap :

  • Private Playtest (Selected Creators) - April 2024

  • Steam Next Fest Demo - October 2024

  • Early Access on Steam - Q4 2024

  • Full Release Game - 2025





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