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 Littlest Penguin 3D
From something silly and nonsense to something that looks quite earnest and heartfelt, Symbiotic Love didn’t get much of a look-in back in 2019 when it released on Steam, but perhaps itch.io will be a better platform for this, as a yuri visual novel. It is, after all, a shorter experience at just two hours long, and generally speaking, these kinds of smaller VN experiences are easy to overlook on a platform such as Steam.
– Matt S.
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