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!
Resident Evil 4: Otome Edition
The game promises to be a very traditional 2D platformer, with a castle full of quirky, Duck Tales-style enemies to make your way past. Just looking at the screenshots it looks like there will be a nice dose of challenge involved too, which is important for anything related to Duck Tales. I just wonder why the developers didn’t come up with something of their own here. They’ve put all that effort into a game that they’ll never be able to commercialise, whereas if they made something in homage to Duck Tales, but their own property, we could also be playing this on consoles… As impressed as I am with fan games, there are times that I can’t help but think the developer does themselves no favours by doing this.
The developer leans into it all, too, with a story about crawling into bed, waking up 12 years later (2008 to 2020, see), and yet still being in college, with the exact same problems, and chasing after the exact same girls. My favourite is Luna, whose bio reads: “Luna is considered a pervert because she’s always talking about things like cybersex, but this makes her more approachable when it comes to romantic advances.” This is a “short but sully comedic VN,” so it should be good for a laugh or ten. The art is lovely, too.
– Matt S.
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