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!
What really caught my attention with this game was the aesthetics. The painterly quality of each scene of this game gives it a true art gallery look, and along with the promise of “relaxing” gameplay and a modest playtime of 1.5 hours, this does look like the kind of charming, graceful, pretty and wholesome experience that is a nice relief from so much else that goes on in this industry.
It seems like the developer went into this game with noble, rather than exploitative goals. It’s not a true story, but the developer mentions in the game’s description that they hope that this game will help raise awareness about all forms of schoolyard violence. As a game, you’ll also get plenty of “interesting puzzles” to solve. It certainly looks like this game will have its healthy dose of content warnings, but for an indie horror project, it does seem robust and thought about at some length.
– Matt S.
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