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!
Petal Crash Online
I swear, there are some hugely talented indie game developers that really need to do more to sell their experiences. I’m begging you; if you’ve got a great idea for a game, please also take some PR and copywriting courses online, because otherwise your work just isn’t going to get the attention that it deserves. Case-in-point, the developer of Adriatic Pizza describes their game in about 30 words on the itch.io listing, and that seems to be badly under-selling what looks like a remarkable bit of interactive art. It’s inspired by Porco Rosso(!) and in the game you explore islands, deliver pizzas, meed characters, and make sure that your seaplane doesn’t run out of fuel. Oh, and the game is absolutely gorgeous.
– Matt S.
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