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!
A “game about farming, community, and loss,” What We Pretend To Be looks like it’ll be a powerful thing, where you need to grow wheat before a war breaks out. Your job is to “farm for the war effort,” while the game’s narrative focuses on “the long space people leave when they’re gone.” In other words this is going to be one of those games that isn’t necessarily fun to play, but it has an emotional resonance that makes it well worth the time to play it.
– Matt S.
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