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HomeIndie Recommends: Romance, Relaxation, and Strange Game Hybrids Recommends: Romance, Relaxation, and Strange Game Hybrids

I swear, the indie neighborhood doesn’t take a break. In the time it has taken me to recover from my New Years’ hangover there have already been dozens of incredible video games launched. In an effort to spotlight some subset of all of this expertise, let’s discuss a few of the video games that I’m completely satisfied to advocate you take a look at this week.


Nathalie Lawhead has executed it once more. Fans of the weblog may acknowledge Nathalie’s title from the her interview, or the truth that we adored her earlier sport Everything is Going to be OK, however her work deserves to be beloved by everybody. This time Nathalie is constant to play with the construction of what video games could be with A_DESKTOP_LOVE_STORY.

Thematically, Desktop Love Story is a few handful of characters speaking and falling in love. Lawhead’s writing is as poignant and heartfelt because it has ever been, however what takes this sport from an attention-grabbing meditation on relationships to can’t-miss gaming is the truth that the sport is performed by shifting information in a listing in your laptop. As the sport’s title implies, every character on this story is a person file that it’s important to assist by way of producing, shifting, and altering information in between their respective folders. It’s a novel management scheme that made me really feel as if I used to be really ferrying objects and objects backwards and forwards between characters as I minimize and pasted information everywhere in the sport. The impact is bizarre, however I started to genuinely look after these goofy information/ creatures as my time with the sport ran on.

Marshmellow Day Spa

Here’s a sport that’s all about stress-free. Marshmellow Day Spa is a sport that does precisely what it says within the title. You play because the proprietor of a day spa that caters to marshmallows and their scorching cocoa-based needs. Developed as part of a sport jam, the mechanics on this sport are comparatively easy, and there’s an excellent little bit of jank concerned however the core loop is enjoyable for a brief journey to the spa.

Each marshmallow has a particular guidelines for the way they like their cocoa and it’s as much as you to get issues prepared for them. There are easy duties like altering the water temperature, however the sport shines by way of the extra advanced requests like traversing a 3D platforming world to search out specialty components like gingerbread.

There’s not loads of depth to Marshmellow Day Spa, however for a stupendous 20 minutes I used to be taken away by the sport’s stress-free environment and that’s price lots.

Double Cross

I by no means anticipated to play a fusion of Phoenix Wright and Mega Man X. Something a few sluggish burn detective point-and-click sport and a lightning fast platformer coming collectively to make one thing coherent appeared not possible. This week I come to you a humbled man as Double Cross has someway managed to take these two influences and construct one thing genuinely distinctive out of them.

When I stated this sport was a fusion of Phoenix Wright and Mega Man X I wasn’t kidding. Double Cross performs in two chunks, platforming and presenting proof. The two halves of the sport put on every of their influences on their sleeves. As you platform round in MMX type, you progress by way of bits of story and fight enemies to get proof which you utilize to speak to and confront characters within the different half of the sport. It’s a novel pairing that retains both half from changing into repetitive. If you’re in any respect excited about odd pairings that someway work then it’s important to take a look at Double Cross.



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