The catch-up coffee: March 18, 2024

Learn about some very creative upcoming games!

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Reigns: Beyond will no longer be an Apple Arcade exclusive

An intergalactic extension of the Reigns series, Reigns: Beyond originally launched back in November 2020 as an Apple Arcade exclusive. Honestly, I’d kind of lost any hope of it launching elsewhere. But over three years later, now is the time! It’s quite fun, still political in a way but you’re a galactic indie rock band instead of like a princess or whatever. Plot your rise to stardom, traveling between planets and gigs while searching for fame and fortune. The PC and Nintendo Switch versions of the game will include all updated content from the Apple Arcade version.

Play local (and far-out) clubs throughout the galaxy, recruiting band members as you rock out across the universe. There’s even a guitar mini-game that’s quite fun. It’s not all fun and games, though: manage your ship’s resources and keep your crew in check, or else you’ll quite literally (well, in-game anyway) die.

Developed by Nerial and published by Devolver Digital, Reigns: Beyond will be released for PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch “this spring” – AKA in the next few months.

Music puzzler The Lullaby of Life launches in April

Explore a budding universe as an instrumental particle – Bamboo – in The Lullaby of Life. Complete musical puzzles to unlock barriers, befriend whimsical beings, and echo sound waves through a primitive world. New areas will include colourful aesthetics and cosmic life forms. The obstacles get more difficult across each stage. Foster world growth by stirring magnificent Elder beings to create acceleration. Prove your skills with challenge modes in each cataloged location.

“The Lullaby of Life provides an avenue for our most abstract ideas about the building blocks of the universe,” says 1 Simple Game Studio Director Francisco Lara Sikorski in a press release. “We believe that curiosity, as well as the arts, are the two things that can connect all human beings. We hope this story we’ve created encourages humanity’s universal thirst for knowledge of the undiscovered.”

Developed by 1 Simple Game and published by Midwest Games, The Lullaby of Life will be released for PC via Steam/Epic/GOG/Fanatical on April 30.

Unfold the world in Paper Trail, launching this May

Paper Trail is a charming puzzle adventure about leaving home. It is set in a foldable paper world (the concept reminds me of A Fold Apart). Fold and tear your way through levels built entirely out of paper. Solve puzzles and overcome obstacles by folding the world around Paige, an aspiring academic. Meet a colourful cast of characters, each with their own stories; they will help Paige discover new paths on her journey.

To explore and progress, fold and join paths together. The puzzles are described as simple to learn but tricky to master; you will be challenged! The wider cast helps players learn about the wider world the game is set within. There is a variety of handcrafted environments, from deep caves to tall treetops.

Developed and published by Newfangled Games, Paper Trail will be released for iOS/Android via Netflix, PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One on May 21.

Moonglow Bay coming to PlayStation and Switch in April

I played Moonglow Bay a bit on Game Pass (I know, I know, don’t start with me) and it’s quite charming. You play as a rookie angler that is struggling to meet your partner’s final wish. In addition, town around you is struggling to stay afloat in the face of bankruptcy. Explore the ocean with your trusty rod and a journal in hand, catching fish. Then cook your haul or display it as the aquarium. You can also encounter mythical monsters, upgrade your ship, restore the town, and build relationships with the locals.

The new console versions launch alongside a new update for all versions, including PC and Xbox. There’s a new camera mode to let you see things from your character’s POV. The camera is tied to a questline that starts with discovering it and repairing it before being drawn into a mystery regarding the legend of a long-lost sea creature. You can now also update your shabby shop.

Developed by Bunnyhug, and published by Coatsink, Moonglow Bay will be released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on April 11.

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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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