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!
Indiepocalypse Volume 20
Not only does the narrative itself address the theme, but you’ll be frequently called on to complete minigames where the screen is filling up with text as though from a book, giving you less and less room to work; hence “running out of space”. It might seem like a simple thing, but so many games fail to marry up the narrative and thematic themes with the mechanics, and this seems like a genuine effort to do that. More than anything else, however, this just seems like a whimsical good time, and something genuinely different to play.
– Matt S.
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