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!
It does seem like a nice little game, though! It follows the story of a high school boy who meets and befriends identical twins that have moved into his school. Though they look the same, the two girls are entirely different in every other way, and over the course of two in-game weeks you’ll become friends (and perhaps something more) with them. With seven different endings and some lovely art, this looks like it might be a bit of a hidden gem to discover.
The students hail from Rubika, an animation and game development college with campuses in France, India and Canada. Based on the names of the team members involved I’m going to guess that Guerilla comes from one of the French campuses, but either way, the developers have built a large, open-world strategy game with some nice aesthetics and an appealing theme. I would absolutely love to see them continue on to build this into a commercial project.
– Matt S.
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