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!
The NES, or Famicom, as one of the oldest mainstream consoles, will forever evoke a strong nostalgia in the hearts and minds of older players. For some game developers, the console represents a unique challenge; working out how to make an enjoyable game despite its severe limitations. That’s what the developer of Eyra has done, and in the process they’ve produced a “new” NES game for anyone with an emulator (or emulation console).
– Matt S.
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