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 recently came out, Sade!
I love the black and white aesthetic – there’s something about the contrast between the two extremes that appeals to me aesthetically. It always has. It’s my favourite form of photography, and in the rare examples of game developers playing with it, I’ve always appreciated those efforts, too. Itch recently hosted a “black and white game jam,” challenging players to come up with games that only use those two colours, and Dark Hearth is a good looking example of an entry.
– Matt S.
Find me on Twitter: @mattsainsb