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!
Voices From The Sea is a “cute relaxing story,” that promises a blend of slice of life, comedy and supernatural genres. You play as a young boy, Cantus, who meets Maris, a mysterious girl that lives by the sea, in an experience that will “change him forever,” according to the game’s description. You need to collect seashells and earn side stories, but the general thrust of the game is that you’re there to enjoy a laid-back and casual little experience.
As it is a Sekai Project game, there is a higher level of production values than the more indie stuff. The character art is lovely, and there’s full Japanese voice acting to enhance the performances and characterisation of each. There’s even a full achievements system, so you can prove that you’re the best in the world at the stripping gig.
– Matt S.
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