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!
I do enjoy a good digital board game, and certainly thanks to Kickstarter, board games have become quite the rage again, meaning that there’s plenty of material, right down to the very niche, to adapt into video games. Scruffy’s Treasure Hunt was a successful Kickstarter (thought it was only looking for a couple of thousand dollars and only got 30 backers), and now there’s a digital adaptation of it. It’s not even available on Steam yet as far as I can tell, but it actually looks really, really neat.
– Matt S.
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