The catch-up coffee: March 4, 2024

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Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly catch-up news feature, the catch-up coffee. I was away for a few weeks, but it’s back to the normal schedule now! 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)!'s Discord banner. You click on it to be taken to the Website's Discord server

The Paranormal Activity franchise expands to video games

Back in the late 2000s, I was obsessed with Paranormal Activity. Like, I was one of those people who went out of their way to see the multiple endings. (The original scrapped ending remains the best.) It has since expanded to a total of seven films, but I never really thought about that world existing in video game form. So it was a surprise this week when a new interactive game based on the Paranormal Activity franchise was announced.

The Paranormal Activity video game brings the movies’ found-footage style to fans in surprising new ways. The story will expand on the lore of the films. The game will feature an advanced “Haunt System” that will alter the types and intensity of scares encountered based on the player’s actions.

From DreadXP and Paramount Games Studio, the Paranormal Activity video game will be released on multiple platforms in 2026. More information (including a proper title, I’d imagine) will be announced at a later date.

Death Trick: Double Blind launching for PC, Switch next week

It feels like I’ve been waiting for Death Trick: Double Blind forever, so I was pretty happy when it was announced that the game will be released for PC and Nintendo Switch next week. Morgan’s Traveling Circus is the greatest show in America, but its star has disappeared. The investigative adventure game, set in the mid-1900s, follows a magician and a private eye as they look into the case of a missing magician.

The two protagonists take on the case from different perspectives. One is a colleague of the missing woman, and the other is a private eye dealing with a touch of amnesia. They are able to befriend and investigate the characters, investigate multiple locations, and hunt down contradictions. Player actions are limited since time will pass, so choosing locations and clues is really important. There are different endings for each major character.

Developed by Misty Mountain Studio and published by Neon Doctrine, Death Trick: Double Blind will be released for PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch on March 14.

Farming adventure RPG Luma Island announced

I’m always on the eye out for new farming games. Sometimes they turn out great, most times they’re mediocre, but it’s always worth following development! This week, Feel Free Games announced Luna Island. Players can build their dream farm, master professions, collect magical Lumas, find treasures, and solve the island’s mysteries.

You’ll start off in a humble old caravan, but eventually you’ll rise to building a majestic manor. Travel around the island, solving quests and helping locals with their struggles. A lot lays ahead, including dangerous spider caves, ancient temples, mind-bending puzzles, and hidden treasures. Each of the seven in-depth professions has its own progression path. Upgrade tools, gather rare materials, and become the master of your craft.

Developed and published by Feel Free Games, Luma Island will be released for PC via Steam later this year.

Suspense visual novel Iwakura Aria announced, launches in Japan this June

MAGES. is trustworthy when it comes to visual novels, so I’m expecting great things from dramatic suspense game Iwakura Aria. It depicts the love-hate pattern of human relationships and the strong bonds between women. Set in Japan during a period of rapid economic growth, the story follows the complex (and sometimes contradictory) emotions of each character. The game features nine endings.

Who is Aria Iwakura? The closer you get, the further she gets. The more you chase her, the more you learn about yourself. 33 years later, what kind of life will you be living? Your fate depends on your choices.

From MAGES., Iwakura Aria will be released for Nintendo Switch on June 27 in Japan.

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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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