Here’s a narrative-driven adventure game “about love and loss” by some of the same talent responsible for Shadows of the Damned and Murasaki Baby, among others. You’ve probably seen screenshots of this very beautiful game floating about online, and you might have guessed that it’s a cutesy whimsical platformer. But it’s a far less action-driven affair, an adventure game with far more in common with the likes of Life is Strange than, say, a Double Fine adventure. Probably worth looking at if you’re in the mood for something slow burning.
A lush topdown action RPG which has been compared to early Zelda games, replete with the lush 16-bit aesthetic you’ve probably already assumed it has. The open world is procedurally generated, and each playthrough features nine sprawling dungeons. Best of all, it can be played in local cooperative, and there are leaderboards if you’re keen to track your speed and adeptness against other players online. I keep telling myself to stop buying rogue-influenced retro RPGs but… this one… looks… so… good.
Surprise! It’s a skating sim, and one which is being compared to EA’s much-missed Skate series. A mention of that game is probably enough to convince people to check this out, but for an Early Access game it already looks pretty feature rich: there’s a replay editor, an open world to grind through, and a neat ability to drop objects into the game world to spice things up a bit. Also, a skatepark builder and custom avatars are coming soon. For anyone waiting for the next serious skating game, this could very well be it.
Here’s a retro-futuristic arcade roguelike which you can download and play for free, though only while it’s in Early Access. It seems pretty straightforward, with the objective being to “trade, gamble, and fight your way through progressively challenging levels”. I probably wouldn’t include this game were it not for the beautiful neon-hued graphics, which look like a tragic marriage between Tron and the first Elite.
As the name implies this is a Dungeons & Dragons game – a digital version of the Lords of Waterdeep package. If you’ve played and enjoyed the ye olde board game version of LoW, you probably already own this. As for everyone else? It’s a “turn-based strategy game played in 8 rounds” which “can be played against AI or with up to 5 human players”. This will appeal to a certain niche, and you probably know whether you belong to it already, but most D&D fans will want to have a look.
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