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! There’s a new one that is just out this week, Sade!
This is free-to-play, pay-what-you-want little game made for the Global Game Jam 2021. You play as a cute little mouse who needs to escape a wagon that she’s been locked up in by finding clues and solving puzzles. It’s one of those escape room games, in other words, but with a really lovely grayscale pencil aesthetic and a lot of detail and effort having gone into it.
– Matt S.
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