The catch-up coffee: Monday, January 2, 2023

New year, new news!

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Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly catch-up news feature, the catch-up coffee. The first of 2023, how exciting! With each issue I 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)!

Glimmer in Mirror launching (kind of) next week

When I say “kind of,” I mean “in early access.” I don’t know how I feel about this early access trend, I lean towards not liking it all that much (all it is, really, is a paid open beta) but that doesn’t mean it’s not news when something pops up. This time, it’s 2D action game Glimmer in Mirror, which will launch in early access next week. It’s expected to remain in early access for about a year, when the developer will keep fine-tuning and polishing the game. The full launch later on will include the full main story, but for now it’s just four themed scenes.

A girl awakes in an empty world with a giant mirror in front of her. That world was too beautiful to ignore, so she reaches for it. The mirror shatters, along with the world within. She faints (or something like that) and when she awakens, she’s in the destroyed mirror world. Play as Shiro, trying to restore the mirror world. Adventure through the world, meet unique characters, fight monsters, and uncover the truth. The game features side-scrolling levels. Players can create shock waves with their Glimmer Power to defeat enemies. As they go forward, they can acquire new skills and explore new, previously inaccessible areas.

Developed by MapleDorm Games, and published by CubeGame and Pleasant Rain, Glimmer in the Mirror will be released in early access for PC via Steam on January 10.

Free-to-play Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth Battle Chronicle launching this year

The popular Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? manga/anime is coming to a F2P mobile title later this year. Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth Battle Chronicle allows players to relive the story and famous battles of Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth. The characters will be depicted with 3D graphics.

Take on the dungeon with familiar characters! The simple yet deep battles allow players to experience “exhilarating action.” There are various ways to attack or evade, including the special moves that appeared in the original series. Players will form their own party by combining multiple training elements, including Adventurer, Assist, and Scene Cards. There is also a battle royale mode where everyone except the player in the enemy.

Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth Battle Chronicle will be released for iOS and Android this “spring” (probably Q2).

Learn about item reincarnation in the new Disgaea 7 trailer

I haven’t written about it yet, but Nippon Ichi has been regularly releasing “Disgaea Private Academy” trailers for Disgaea 7; last week’s video was the third. In it, Professor Archer discusses item usage and a new item reincarnation system.

The original Disgaea was released in 2003, and ever since then it’s been a popular simulation RPG series. It’s set in the Netherworld, where angels, heroes, and evil lords all live. Disgaea 7 brings players to a world called the Hinomoto Netherworld Cluster, and is inspired by Japanese culture. Fight through the world to regain the characters’ list Bushido. The series’ replayability features and over-the-top battle systems have been enhanced.

Developed and published by Nippon Ichi, Disgaea 7 will be released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on January 26 in Japan. There is no word on a western launch, but I believe that will happen eventually.

The latest Otoko Cross title is now available for Switch

The second game in the Otoko Cross Series, Otoko Cross: Pretty Boys Klondike Solitaire follows a version featuring mahjong. The game follows the format of the Pretty Girls series, but with males slowly transforming from wearing traditionally male clothing to wearing traditionally female clothing. Here is the trailer from when the game launched on Steam:

Cute male characters will challenge players with increasingly strict rules. The fanservice-y fun is based on the otokonoko Japanese subculture, and features five characters you’ll soon be in love with. With every game, the deck is shuffled to keep it fresh. When levels are passed, new outfits are gradually revealed. Outfits are also available for casual viewing in the dressing room. Easy and Normal modes feature hints and shuffle assist, but after that players are on their own.

Developed and published by eastasiasoft, Otoko Cross: Pretty Boys Klondike Solitaire is now available for PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch.

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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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