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!
If you like dice and board games and fantasy than Dragon Hunters PC may well appeal to you. It’s very much an indie game and it’s just entering Early Access on itch.io, but there’s some real potential for this thing to grow and become something detailed and special.
From the game’s description: After a long day of work and stress John (player) arrives in a place called Yellow Rose Motel, which at first seems like a family-friendly loving place turns into a nightmare in less than a day. Between that and the screenshots and snippets of animation it looks like it just might be inspired by the original Silent Hill, too, which is exciting, to say the least. Silent Hill 1 was a cracking game with terrible gameplay. All this developer needs to do is capture the aesthetics and atmosphere while making it playable and I will be right on board.
– Matt S.
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