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!
But anyway, I Became Gay… is a yuri visual novel about two people from the… great… city of Chicago. According to the game’s description, it is “the first major project by the Prof. Lily visual novel collective, who aim to tell stories that face our harsh subcultural reality head-on.” In other words I don’t expect that this game will have much chill to it, but it could be profound and provocative, and that would be good too. It’s a decent-length VN, with around 50,000 words, and “sex” is a bullet point, so yay to that.
So anyway, Land Battles Tactical is a hardcore turn-based WW2-themed strategy game with little chits that you command around against what we’ve been promised is some “cracking AI.” If you don’t know what a “chit” is, then much like if you don’t know what a “Harpoon Classic” is, this game really isn’t for you. Probably. The game comes with an easy-to-use editor, terrain effects, walls and line-of-sight mechanics. It’s totally free and will still only likely be downloaded two or three times, but
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