Interesting games on January 17

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List by Matt S.

I’m a big fan of for the freedom and open platform that it allows for developers to be creative, experimental, and directly canvas the audience for feedback for games that are not yet ready for primetime on Steam and its ilk. In addition, allows you to be transgressive, subversive, and downright dangerous. It’s a true “art gallery” for game ideas and creative developers, and it should be celebrated for that.

What makes 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 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 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 to support our work here, I would be eternally grateful! There’s a new one that recently came out, Sade!


Let’s start this week’s coverage with some culture, shall we! Bobok is a visual novel adaptation of one of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s better-known short stories. As one of the greats of literature, everyone should be familiar with Dostoyevsky’s work, and perhaps a visual novel is the most accessible way to do so for some. Especially one that is presented this nicely. Bobok won’t take you too long to work through, and is a darkly satirical bit of fun so, paired up with the art as it is, you should find this one enormously enjoyable. 

As the game’s description points out, having a glossary for terms and further information is so much more convenient than the more common footnoting method of book. There are also a couple of different languages available, and you can play the game in English, simplified Chinese and pre-revolutionary Russian if you’d like. It would seem that the developer is actively looking for support in getting more languages in there too. Anyhow, at less than an hour’s length, this game gives you ready access to one of Russian literature’s greatest. 

Echo of Woe

Let’s go from an old Russian story to a new one. I doubt that Echo of Woe will be remembered in the same leagues as Bobok is, but it does look like a decent visual novel in its own right. Echo of Woe is a dark fantasy drama, with detective and horror elements. You play as a detective type that is in town to hunt down and defeat supernatural threats. That’s a well-trodden story hook, of course, but there’s no reason to think it won’t be compelling… especially with the quality of the art that we’re seeing here. Clearly, the developers have put a lot of work into it.

The download on right now is just a demo, but it will give you a full prologue to the protagonist’s story and prepare you for the full game once it lands. By the developer’s own admission you’re going to have to deal with some poor English translations, but they promise that that will be improved by the time the full game releases too. If nothing else, if this game catches your eye, be sure to send the developer some feedback, so they can continue to refine something that looks like it has a lot of potential.

It Follows

I’ll admit that this game entry caught my eye because I and a fan of a Japanese film of the same name, but once I actually looked at It Follows, I am all kinds of intrigued. There’s absolutely no description to this minimalist, micro-horror game, but it seems like a clever little atmospheric experiment.

I’m sure this wasn’t intended, but the way you can look back and see your footprints in the snow makes me think of how great it would be for a horror developer to do a twisted version of that horrible Jesus poem. Then again… perhaps the developer really was aiming to do that. Anyhow, It Follows is a free little thing that, judging from the comments, has more than a healthy dose of the kind of mystery that makes for some of the very best horror. 
And finally for this week, we have Busty Bunny! A new platformer for the Game Boy that’s going to get a physical edition and everything! I just love that we’re seeing such a new wave of Game Boy game releases. You can download the ROM version of this to play on your emulator consoles, or you can simply play it in the browser. You can support the developer by paying for it… but they’ve also made payment optional (but throw them $1 if you can, at least, so you’re not being a jerk about it to an indie developer).
The game itself is a lot of fun, from the short amount of time I’ve spent with it so far. It’s a platformer with both horizontal and vertical dimensions, allowing you a lot of leeway to explore as you see fit. The music is nostalgic in the best possible way, and the characters have a lot of charm to them. The controls are a little unresponsive and “sticky,” but that was par for the course with Game Boy games too. All-in-all, with 18 levels, six zones, and three boss battles, you are getting the full Game Boy experience with this one.
– Matt S.
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