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!
I’ve always loved how creative fan communities can be. The way people can get together around a favourite game, anime, film or whatever and help breathe further life into it by creating into their own stories, ideas, and concepts around the thing they love. The fan fiction space is, of course, massively popular, but one of the things I love about itch is that it allows people to share their own fan games (at least, as long as the publisher is willing to let unofficial use of their IP stand, though a surprising number of them are cool with it).
– Matt S.
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