I’m a big fan of itch.io for the freedom and open platform that it allows for developers to be creative, experimental, and directly canvas the audience for feedback for games that are not yet ready for primetime on Steam and its ilk. In addition, itch.io allows you to be transgressive, subversive, and downright dangerous. It’s a true “art gallery” for game ideas and creative developers, and it should be celebrated for that.
What makes itch.io a little difficult at times is finding things that are interesting to play. Discovery is a real issue when great ideas are buried among high school projects and nasty little efforts to scam a quick buck from players. With that in mind, I thought what might be helpful to readers would be if I did a brief write-up of interesting games that I’ve come across on itch.io each week. In many cases these games will be unfinished or “in development,” but I’m highlighting them because they promise something special and are well worth keeping on the radar.
Note: I also haven’t played these games. I highlight them as interesting based on the itch.io description and concept. Where I find the time to do actual reviews or other coverage, I will compose separate articles on the game in question.
Naturally, if you want to pick up a couple of the Dee Dee visual novels while you’re there on itch.io to support our work here I would be eternally grateful…
The thing that immediately struck me about Pandora: Chains Of Chaos is just how gorgeous it is – being built in Unreal Engine 4 is unusual for an indie game of this scale, but it does look like the developers have made the most of the engine’s graphical capabilities. It’s super-new, so there’s no feedback on the itch.io entry at the point of writing, however, having a look at the game over at Steam suggests that there’s a bit of work to go yet. It’s in a foundation state, which is hardly surprising given the price, but it already has a number of features that make it worth a look.
One of the most important skills that needs to be taught to children is that of budgeting – it’s crucial that kids learn how to be responsible with money, how to balance the books, and how personal finances work in the real world. Your Financial Story tackles that subject, while also looking like it has the kind of charm that makes people want to play it.
– Matt S.
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