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!
Another thing that itch really has going for it is its ability to indulge “new” retro games. There are legions of game developers out there that enjoy challenging themselves with old systems and limitations, and Showdown is a really good example of this. It’s a new game, but it has been developed for the Commodore 64. Remember that machine? It was my first games machine, and what fond memories I have of the primitive games that came on that thing.
This one is a simple competitive shooter. You and your opponent each have five bullets and it’s a game of ducking and diving between cacti while trying to get a clear shot (or blow up the exploding crates that drop randomly for some area damage).
– Matt S.
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