The catch-up coffee: Monday, May 9, 2022

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Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly catch-up news feature, the catch-up coffee. With each issue we will bring you the best news that you may have missed. Grab the biggest mug you’ve got, fill it with your favourite brew, and catch up with us (and our favourite news anchor, Dee Dee)!

RTS Touhou Project game announced

The Touhou Empires is a real-time strategy fan game, and it will be coming to PC. Players will lead Touhou Project characters and fairies through prepared missions while responding to an ever-changing situation. Here’s the announcement trailer:

Each mission will have players to collecting resources from the map, construct buildings to expand camps, and organise armies to advance. Defeat the enemy and the mission is complete. Each character has their own abilities. There is story mode, a well as online multiplayer for up to six players.

Developed by Neetpia and published by Phoenixx, The Touhou Empires will be released for PC via Steam later this year.

Exploration-based Narru: The Forgotten Lands announced for PC, consoles

A story-driven puzzle game with satisfying exploration, Narru: The Forgotten Lands involves becomes a piece of light who needs to wander a mysterious, uninhabited island to discover the story of its past civilisation. Searching the ruins enters a memories dimension where stories are uncovered. It’s mean to be an experience rather than a relaxing puzzle game, about bringing life to the world instead of destroying it.

Wherever you go, the world comes back to life. Players can freely explore the world, discovering hidden passages, altars, paintings, and secrets. The voice of a goddess helps understand what happened. Solve puzzles to activate mechanisms to help reveal said secrets. As new abilities are mastered, previously inaccessible spaces become reachable and complex puzzles becomes solvable.

Developed and published by DreamStorm Studios, Narru: The Forgotten Lands will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series. As of now, there has been no release date announced.

Here’s a new trailer for Mario Strikers: Battle League

Mario Strikers: Battle League is based on soccer, but with no rules: whatever it takes to win, you can do. Five-on-five teams will have characters tackling, using items, and pulling off special shots. As the release date approaches, the anticipation increases, so this new overview trailer helps settle that impatience.

Of course, players will recognise some of their favourite Mario characters, including Peach, Toad, and Yoshi. Each character has their own stats, but stats can be changed (along with their appearance) by equipping gear. It can be played both locally and online. It’s possible to join on online club to compete against other clubs for points. There’s also an eight-player version that can be played on via local wireless as well as online. For those with a single system, four players on each time can go head-to-head (or cleat-to-cleat, as the game description says).

Developed by Next Level Games and published by Nintendo, Mario Strikers: Battle League will be released for Nintendo Switch on June 10.

Unpacking is coming to PlayStation this week

For those waiting for the beloved puzzle game about, well, unpacking, the time is almost here: Unpacking will be released for PlayStation this week – more specifically, it will launch tomorrow. That’s practically no time whatsoever to wait for the game that still has everybody talking! The game is pretty zen, with no time limits and the ability to go back to past rooms/homes. Here’s the original launch trailer from last year:

The game begins with the protagonist as a child, moving into a single bedroom. You’ll unpack their toys, books, and school supplies; there’s room for everything but sometimes fitting it can be a bit tricky (but never too difficult). They will grow into other rooms, then full apartments, and eventually you’ll have an entire house to unpack. The story is told through the items, like what does it mean for the present and the future if there’s no wall space for a diploma? Sometimes items will be in the wrong room and need to be moved to the correct location (socks in the kitchen, for example).

Developed by Witch Beam and published by Humble Games, Unpacking will be released for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on May 10. It launched for PC via Steam/GOG/Humble, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One on November 2 of last year.

Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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