The catch-up coffee: June 10, 2024

And the news keeps on comin'!

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Magical Delicacy launches in July, also coming to Nintendo Switch

Metroidvania-lite-meets-cooking game Magical Delicacy has been shown off several times before, including during February 2023’s Whitethorn Games’ Winter Showcase and later that year during June’s Wholesome Direct. Previously, it was announced for PC and Xbox; last week, a Nintendo Switch version was announced alongside the game’s release date.

Play as Flora, a young witch who travels to the cozy harbour town of Grat to become a full-fledged witch. She sets up a shop where she cooks meals and potions for the townsfolk, mysterious travellers, forgotten legendary figures, and masters of their crafts. You’ll need to collect ingredients from shops, by foraging, and by growing them in your garden. Cook in your kitchen, which can be upgraded as the game progresses. Explore the town, learn new ways to move, uncover secrets, and experience the witchy world one dish at a time.

Developed by sKaule, Magical Delicacy will be released on July 16 for PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One.

Live-action Like a Dragon: Yakuza show announced for Prime Video

Surprise! Amazon Prime Video has announced a Japanese live-action drama show based on the Like a Dragon game series. (Yes, actually Japanese and not some weird American version like I would have expected from Amazon.) The narrative is an original story based on the hit game franchise of the same name. It stars Ryoma Takeuchi as the lead character, Kazuma Kiryu, and is directed by the critically-acclaimed Masaharu Take.

The key art for Amazon Prime's Like a Dragon.

Here’s a quick rundown of the game franchise for anyone that is interested. The first title launched in 2005 as a game for adults, and adults sure did love it. The series is about fierce yet passionate gangsters living in a fictional entertainment district. The show is set in modern Japan and tells stories of intense characters that have not been explored before.

Like a Dragon: Yakuza is set in both 1995 and 2005. The original crime/suspense/action series will follow the life of Kazuma Kiryu, including his childhood friends and the repercussions of his decisions. He is a fearsome, peerless Yakuza warrior with a good dash of humanity thrown into the mix.

Like a Dragon: Yakuza will stream worldwide beginning October 25.

Another Miku game is getting a physical release thanks to Limited Run Games

Miku is great in many forms, and I really enjoyed playing Hatsune Miku Logic Paint on the iPad. A version was later released for Nintendo Switch, titled Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S, which Matt reviewed. It combines everyone’s favourite vocaloid with nonogram puzzles (often called picross). The Nintendo Switch version includes music tracks, which the original didn’t for some reason.

A graphic advertising Limited Run Game's physical release of Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S for Nintendo Switch. Pre-orders run from June 14 to July 14.

The game includes all of the puzzles from the smartphone/tablet app plus new 5×5, 15×15, and 20×20 puzzles – that’s over 350 puzzles, which will take dozens and dozens of hours to complete. Choose your favourite character to cheer you on. Complete a level and get a certain number of stars depending on your score; collect enough stars and you’ll unlock new songs.

Developed by Crypton Future Media, with this physical edition published by Limited Run Games, Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S will be released physically for Nintendo Switch with pre-orders open via Limited Run Games from June 14 to July 14. It is currently available digitally via the eShop.

Myst sequel Riven remake launches in mere weeks

A Myst remake launched a few years back, and it’s almost time to play the remade sequel when Riven launches towards the end of this month. It has been rebuilt from the ground up and expanded upon, giving players complete freedom of movement through the lush world with updated visuals. Gameplay has been updated too. Puzzles are refreshed, new characters are added, and new challenges await.

You will explore the game’s decaying age, slowly unravelling the mysteries revealed from exploring five islands. Uncover clues, decipher foreign languages, and immerse yourself in lore. The puzzles, described as cunning, are woven in throughout the narrative.

Developed and published by Cyan Worlds, Riven will be released for Mac via the App Store, PC via Steam/GOG, and VR via Quest 3/2 on June 25.

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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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