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!
As I was growing up, one of my favourite cartoons was The Animals of Farthing Wood, a cartoon about animals that go on adventures together and need to overcome some various… inherent biases against one another in order to promote the greater good. Greensong looks like it’s channelling that a little. It’s a narrative-driven game where you play as a fox (with a fox being the main “hero” of Farthing Wood, too), who is tasked with rejuvenating the “Heart of the Forest,” which has become damaged, and in doing so also reuniting the animals within the area. All of this within a gorgeously low-poly aesthetic that is reminiscent of Shelter – another big plus in the game’s favour.
– Matt S.
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