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!
You probably wouldn’t have ever thought that a game about being a fashionable socialite in 18th century Paris would make for a compelling game, but Ambition does look like the real deal. You need to amass wealth and respect, and you’ll do that using the full range of tools available to you: you’ll charm, date, gossip, and either alter the course of history or end up in the lineup for the guillotine. This is Paris on the way to revolution, and you need to be well aware that you have enemies and they’ll be scheming against you too.
We don’t have many games that deal with the subject of revolution-era France. There are plenty of games about Napoleon and what came after the revolution, of course, but efforts to depict the social and political dramas of the time are few and far between. This “revolutionary romance,” could well be something special, and it certainly has the quality art and production values behind it.
Now there is a catch. Abaddon is a very adult game (the localiser/publisher is out-and-out hentai specialist, Fakku), so naturally, if that’s an issue for you then this game isn’t going to work for you. For what it’s worth, though, it does seem like the effort to be a game behind the smut is genuine, which is about where I like this stuff pitched myself, so I’m going to make the investment (note: this game also got itself refused on Steam, I believe, so itch.io is definitely the way to support the developer here).
– Matt S.
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