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!
Well, doesn’t this look like the most incredible dark horror piece? Fantasy Cascade, Episode 1 is a Twine game about extreme dissatisfaction and disenfranchisement, wrapped up in lucid nightmares. This game is much too difficult to try and summarise in my own words, so I’m going to go with the lazy copy/paste from the game’s description: wilson is a “concept”, a species that physically reflects their inner selves as they grow- unfortunately for him, he’s been saddled with tears as a motif, which doesn’t help when you’re in the closet, in a shitty straight relationship, and dealing with horrible nightmares that just won’t let you rest. episode 1: overspill focuses on his introduction, his place in the world, and how he gets through the day.
– Matt S.
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