The catch-up coffee: Monday, August 7, 2023

Turn-based RPGs are quite popular!

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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)!

A turn-based cupcake RPG is on the way!

What a strange thing to say, huh? But it’s true. BattleCakes is a turn-based RPG about cupcakes. Players take on the role of Birthday Sprinkle, who they can create and personalize, and explore the worlds of Pasteleria. Birthday Sprinkle will meet charming friends like Red Velvet and Midnite Truffle, then work together to uncover the mysteries and hardships plaguing nearby towns. Fight to leave the world better off than how you found it.

An interesting feature is the ability to choose where to befriend or battle monsters that are in you way. Locations includes the fragrant fields of Vanilla Hill and the sticky swamps of Nougat Hollow. Any quest, monster, or resident of Pasteleria could send the story off in a different direction. Most importantly: pet all the cays! Jellyroll cats are peppered across the land, and while they love to explore they love a good snuggle even more.

Developed and published by Volcano Bean, BattleCakes will be released for PC via Steam on October 26. (If anyone from Volcano Bean happens to read this, I beg you to release it for Nintendo Switch, where all my cozy games live!)

A mobile Taiko no Tatsujin game is in the works

Bandai Namco has announced free-to-play Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Connect, a mobile game stemming from the popular rhythm series. It’s currently planned for release in Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macao, and Thailand; it will feature English, Japanese, and Traditional Chinese language support.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Connect features over 600 songs for free – though you’ll have to watch ads to do it. Players can play together with friends, leave comments on their favourite tracks, and get official information about the game via the app. The game is played in portrait mode. There will be events to participate in, and no stage clear requirements.

Developed and published by Bandai Namco, Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Connect will be released for iOS and Android.

Lost Eidolons is coming to consoles

Turn-based strategy RPG Lost Eidolons is already available for PC, and has been since last October, but is now set to make its way onto current-gen consoles later this month. The tactical game features a gripping cinematic narrative set in a waning empire riven by civil war. Players take on the role of a charming mercenary caption, Eden, and will lead his allies through classic turn-based encounters by perfecting their strategy.

Take advance of soldiers’ classes and magic skills to master the battlefield and seize victory in grid-based scenarios. Lay siege to castles, overtake bosses with unique abilities, and take on hulking monsters that will force a change of tactics. It’s not all about winning, though: build a camp, convince people to join, get to know their backgrounds, and help them navigate the revolution. There are over 20 playable characters with ten classes to choose from, allowing players to train their allies to unlock new skills, spells, and passive abilities. When it’s all over, play again in a New Game+ mode, bringing over your stats and items but having to recruit new allies and experiment with difficulty levels.

Developed by Ocean Drive Studio and published by PID Games, Lost Eidolons will be released for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series on August 24. It is currently available for PC via Steam. In Japan, a physical PlayStation 5 release is expected to launch in October.

Pocket Bravery launches at the end of August

Pocket Bravery is a retro-inspired fighting game, pulling inspiration from ’90s fighting games like Street Fighter, Fatal Fury, and The King of Fighters. It channels the Neogeo Pocket aesthetic and adds in a modern fighting game to create a retro twist. There are 12 characters to choose from, 20 different areas, an original story, competitive and accessible control schemes, and local and online multiplayer.

When it comes to the story, there are few who are able to throw energy through their hands while others reinforce their muscles, and specialists can transfer their essence to objects and weapons. Follow Nuno and others while investigation a criminal organization, Matilha. Explore the story of revenge through the eyes of multiple characters, with multiple paths available.

Developed by Statera Studio and published by PQube, Pocket Bravery will be released for PC via Steam on August 31. It will later be released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One.

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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