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!
The description of the game is rather… enigmatic, and it’s hard to get a proper sense of just what that game is about: “Where one room is an enigma, the whole complex is a mystery,” the game description reads. “The experience lasts about two hours depending on the level of the test subject. Mysteries and enigmas are hidden for the more adventurous.” None of that means anything firm, however, I don’t hold that against the developer by any means (I’m 99 per cent certain they’re French), and perhaps the more mystery there is going in, the greater the impact the game will have. What I do know is that the aesthetic from the screenshots is lovely, and a short, two-hour experience makes for the perfect filler length.
Horror and sex go together. They have since Dracula had the period’s equivalent of softcore pornography written into it. When Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers slice their way through hordes of teenagers, the sexual undertones have been explicit, and written about at great length now. But in video games, where “sex” remains a difficult topic at the best of times, horror has trended towards a more gruesomely sexless aesthetic. Wet Nightmares could, in theory, be a more literary take on horror in video games. Or it could be terrible, crass, smut. Who knows what you’re going to get when it comes to adult video games?
– Matt S.
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