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. These aren’t so much an endorsement (or piece of criticism) as they are a head’s up.
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… we just released a demo for the next VN, too! Totally free!
Visual novels are dime-a-dozen on itch.io, but so many of them are junk and it can be difficult to dig through them to find something of the standard of Crimson Spires – a full-scale otome VN about vampires and a small mining town where they play. You play as Sheriff Erika Wright, as she attempts to understand why the little town has been shut off from the outside world, while also dealing with a serial killer and conspiracy theories that are running unchecked through the town… sounds like a tough gig (and then some).
– Matt S.
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