Hey itch.io devoted! It’s a busy time at itch.io HQ with GDC arising (did you see the announcement that we’re serving to Github with their get together?) however I nonetheless discovered the time to take a look at some new video games so that you can play. That’s how necessary you might be to me.
What video games did I play this week? Which ones must you try? We have this week’s suggestions ready for you under!
I by no means knew spinning random objects could possibly be this enjoyable. Vignettes is the debut recreation from indie supergroup Skeleton Business, and it’s one way or the other each a enjoyable puzzle recreation and one thing extra. Mechanically, you’re going to be spinning objects floating in an summary area and, while you line them up in a sure approach, get them to remodel into an entirely new object. An instance of that is the early transition of the again facet of an old-fashioned dome-shaped telephone to the literal dome of an overturned bowl.
The different half of the sport is the half that I feel is extra spectacular and compelling: Vignettes is a superbly stress-free piece. The attractive and otherworldly soundtrack does a variety of the work right here, however the recreation can be offered in lovely and flat tones that make every vignette really feel acquainted and alien on the identical time.When I went to check the sport I used to be ready to play it for a half hour and write up some ideas, however I ended up sinking a superb chunk of time (and my productiveness) into peacefully spinning bins, toasters, and wheels. I’m impressed with Vignettes’ simultaneous magnificence and ease and am comfortable to suggest it. Oh, and to sweeten the deal, if you buy Vignettes on itch.io you’ll get unique content material. How rad is that?
In an identical vein to Vignettes, Ethereal is a merely offered puzzle recreation however as an alternative of supplying you with limitless management over an area, Ethereal asks you to navigate a tightly woven stage. At its core, Ethereal is a recreation the place you’re guiding a small blip of sunshine by means of 2D phases made up of obstacles. What makes Ethereal distinctive is which you could transfer infinitely left and proper till you hit a wall, however you’ll be able to solely transfer up and down when you can sprint by means of those self same obstacles. It’s a bizarre maze construction that I actually loved as soon as I bought the cling of it.
Also like, Vignettes, Ethereal’s soundtrack is wonderful. Your puzzling might be guided by celestial tones that feels such as you’ve chanced on one thing historic. It’s a alternative that helps put the summary visuals into context and one which I actually admire.
I’m a sucker for a superb detective recreation. Good, unhealthy, doesn’t matter. I’m in for all of them. This implies that I take a selected curiosity after I see a brand new recreation about investigations on the positioning. This week I spent a while with the demo of How Do you Know Mr. Blue, a promising prototype about interrogating a colourful forged of characters.
The core mechanics of this construct are centered round navigating conversations and discovering inconsistencies between the statements you collect from completely different staff of C-corp. It’s not an entirely distinctive idea, but it surely’s executed effectively and provides the character writing an opportunity to shine. In precept you’re meant to be searching down the lacking Mr. Blue by speaking to his shut coworkers, however I spent most of my time reveling within the distinctive dialogue choices out there.
As is the case with any of those demos, there are some janky components however there are sufficient fascinating components that I’ll undoubtedly come again to the challenge because it develops. If you want detective video games, you need to try How Do You Know Mr Blue and depart some suggestions on the sport’s web page.