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 just came out, Sade!
Now, this one really intrigues me, as someone who has mused on the way that the visual novel medium could be used to re-tell classical theatre myself. I’ve been thinking on how Shakespeare might be adapted to the visual novel, but this developer has gone much further back than that and has decided to visual novel-up one of the most famous plays from back in Ancient Rome. Written in 184BC, Casina was considered a great comedy back then, and this visual novel looks like it has very much kept that in mind.
– Matt S.
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