An Elsen from the world of OFF has found a way to join you on your desktop! He comes from Alma in Zone 1 and is a bit confused at the whole situation, and it's up to you to ensure his stress stays low and that you keep his sugar in check.
You can gain Credits to buy food, sugar, and other stuff for the Elsen, and you can also play fun games like a quiz or the ever-so-popular Balloon Game!
Do beware, if the Elsen gets too stresed or sugar deprived, he might become Burnt. And when that happens, you won't be able to save him. So you'd best use Wide Angle on him to check on his status.
Fret not, however. If you just want the Elsen to sit on your desktop so you can chat, pet, and play with him, then he does have a Pause feature you can utitlize! That way, he'll be as passive as any other ghost.
This particular Elsen comes from Zone 1 and works at the meat fountains of Alma. He fills bottles with meat that then gets shipped out to the other zones so everyone can eat. He used to work in Pentel at the metal farmsteads where he found his love for cows, although that came with the problem that he had to kill the cows for metal. But after all that hard work, he got promoted to Alma!
To work in Alma is an honour, for that is where Dedan's office resides. Our Elsen here looks up highly to Dedan and exlusively refers to him as "Master Dedan", and considers him a great boss.
WARNING: Here lies spoilers!!
The Elsen's main features revolve around his stress and sugar levels. Stress needs to stay low, and sugar needs to stay high. If any of those go wrong, the Elsen will become Burnt. Those two levels rise/fall after each hour, so you always have to keep track and tend to them. And if you haven't fed the Elsen sugar at all in the very first hour, he'll go into withdrawls.
You'll start off with 0 Credits and no items. It's a good idea to play the Balloon Game each time you boot up the Elsen, since you can get 25 or 50 Credits, but you could also get some meat or even sugar! You also may get lucky and get Credits by petting him, and you'll get Credits by booping him. Be warned though, each time you boop, the Elsen will get more stressed. Sugar is only 50 Credits, so you're better off buying that first and immediately feeding it to him. You can feed the Elsen sugar until it stops you, so when the next hour passes, you'll be fine. Plus, you'll get 100 Credits, so you can buy 2 more sugars if you'd like.
Stress is harder to manage since there's no real idicator of it rising. Wide Angle will tell you if it's getting high and some random dialogue, but that's about it. To lower stress, you need to feed the Elsen meat. Moloch's Meat is only 30 Credits and will chip away some stress, and once again, you may get lucky with the Balloon Game. If you get an Abaddon's Meat, you'll probably want to wait until it gets really high, since that depletes it entirely. There's also a couple of items you can buy that can lower stress like the Music Box and Cow Plush, so if you buy those, getting meat won't be such a priority.
What's an Ukagaka/ghost?
An Ukagaka, or ghost, is a character that sits on your desktop! They can do little tasks for you such as emptying your recycling bin, checking for new emails, or checking the weather. Mostly they'll just keep you company and say random dialogue.
Ghosts are very diverse, some have a strong focus on story and discovering information, while others are full of interesting functions or games.
How do I use a ghost?
To use a ghost, you'll need a program to run it in. If you're on Windows, you can use SSP. If you're not on a Windows computer there are some options available, but you'll have to play around and see what works for you.
For those using SSP, go ahead and download the complete install package from the website. When you run it a catgirl should appear and say something in Japanese. Drag and drop the .nar file you download for this ghost on her, and she should install them for you. Once she's done, right click her, hover over 'change ghost', and select the appropriate ghost!
If you get an error window in Japanese when you start SSP, it probably can't find any ghosts to run. You can try dropping the .nar file onto that window. If that doesn't work, click the first button and point it towards your ghost directory(It should be \SSP\ghost).
If the right click menu is in Japanese, the language option is the 4th one up from the bottom. Select English, restart SSP(you can close it with the bottom option), and you should be good to go.
If the catgirl will not install any ghosts for you, you can unzip the .nar file and drag the contents into the \SSP\ghost folder. Your unzipped folder should have subfolders called 'ghost' and 'shell' on the top level. Restart SSP and look in the right click menu again, and they should be in your list of ghosts.
Instructions on how to use each ghost are in their readmes, which should automatically pop up when you install them! If it doesn't appear, you can see it by opening them, right clicking, and going to information>Read me.