The catch-up coffee: Monday, April 24, 2023

Romance, mystery, and cute things!

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Dee Dee the mascot of DDNet

Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly catch-up news feature, the catch-up coffee. 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)!

Meet my new favourite Pokémon

I know, I know, I’m always talking about how the newest Pokémon is the cutest and stuff. But it’s not my fault that so many are adorable! This new Pokémon will be available in upcoming DLC for Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero (more details can be found here). It also appears in the new animated series, Pokémon Horizons: The Series, which recently premiered in Japan and will be coming west later this year.

Pokémon Scarlet/Violet's upcoming mystery creature. Coming soon in DLC.

So who is that cute little turtle that reminds me of Terapagos, a Legendary Pokémon? I don’t actually have that answer. Its name and true nature are still shrouded in mystery. It is small and not that strong, but it can crystallize the energy in its body to form a protective shield. When it believes its in danger, it assumes a dormant states by pulling its head, limbs, and tail into its shell and making itself look like a jewel.

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet are currently available for Nintendo Switch. The DLC that includes our new turtle friend will launch later this year.

Take a look at a day in Loop8: Summer of Gods

Last week, XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe shared a new look at its upcoming coming-of-age RPG Loop8: Summer of Gods. The video is a guided gameplay tour that offers a deep look at the game’s unique mechanics and systems. The narrated video walks viewers through interactions with some of the countryside town’s residents and how those factor into the narrative and the gameplay. It culminates in a battle against on of the monstrous Kegai that threatens the town.

Loop8: Summer of Gods follows Nini, a boy who was raised on a failed space station. He returns to Earth to spend in summer in Ashihara, one of the humans’ last sanctuaries. He’s gifted with Demon Sight, and can use use connection to the gods to reset the world. Each loop allows him and his allies to relive the eighth month repeatedly until they defeat the demonic entities that have cause humans to be nearly extinct. Unless, of course, those demons overwhelm them entirely…

Developed by SIEG Games, and published by Marvelous Europe and XSEED Games, Loop8: Summer of Gods will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One on June 6 in the west.

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is coming to another platform

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story was one of my top games of last year. It’s an FMV mystery that has a puzzle-like scenario required to solve each case. It follows a mystery writer and her scientist partner as they uncover the secrets of the Shijima family. The game is already available on multiple platforms, but it’s not set to come to iOS and Android this week.

Each murder case comprises of three parts: incident, reasoning, and solution. In the incident phase, see the entire murder as it unfolds from beginning to end. The key to solve the mystery can always be found in this video. In the reasoning phase, put together clues and mysteries found during the incident phase and create a hypothesis. You can create multiple, though not all will be correct. There will be red herrings thrown in. Finally, in the solution phase, pin down the killer based on a hypothesis. Trickier culprits may refute your claims, but you can always strike back with reasoning!

Developed and published by Square Enix, The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story will be released for iOS/Android on April 25. It is currently available for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

Some Some Convenience Store is coming to Switch

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m one of those people that can’t get enough of romance games of literally any variety. RPG, visual novel, it doesn’t matter – I’ll eat it up. It’s weird because I’m not super into romance films, though I do love Meg Cabot’s romance novels so I guess it’s not too surprising (yes, I will take any chance to say how much I love her writing). Some Some Convenience Store is a romance visual novel already available for some platforms, but it is now set to be released on Switch.

The main character begins working part-time at a convenience store due to “family circumstances.” While bored and playing around with his smartphone (tsk tsk), he downloads a dating app called Some Some. It immediately matches him with three girls: an innocent part-time worker, a foreign trainee who wants to be a singer, and a carefree bodyguard. Choose the relationship you want to work on, which chooses one of three distinct routes. Each love interest has a very different personality, and each is fully voices (in Japanese).

Developed by TALESshop and published by CFK, Some Some Convenience Store will be released for Nintendo Switch later this year. It is currently available for PC via Steam. In Korea, it’s available for iOS/Android.


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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