Sometimes it just feels like the right time to stick a bucket under the waterfall that is itch.io, trying to collect something that catches your attention, makes you think, or just makes you pleased that someone out there is taking a particular direction. Without further ado…
Browsing category: Roundups
As we all continue to decompress from GDC, be it attending or simply existing in the halo of its surrounding energy, join us as we look back on the week.
As GDC comes to its close and everyone begins the long journey home, we hope that the last week has been a positive experience for you, whether at GDC or not.
In case you missed it, we’ve been busy this week. So, if you need something to read on the way home, or to just decompress with as you take in recent events, we’ve got you covered:
Would you look at that? It’s already time for GDC, meaning as the main writer for the site I will be stepping away for the next week and a half to give myself some breathing room to focus on the event.
But the show must go on, so while I step out of the limelight you’ll all have the opportunity to see Mx Medea and Yestin‘s writing shine. For those of you who will be seeing me at GDC, wave hello and come see me for a chat about the future of Indie Press!
In the meantime, why don’t you take a look at some staff favorites from the start of the site you may have missed:
Nobody likes Mondays, so posits orange cat theory. I however am personally very fond of Wednesdays, the perfect mid-week point to take a brief moment of respite and engage in some healthy distractions. Without further ado, here’s some lovely distractions looking at while we cook up more delightful interviews:
Due to some technical issues with our backend today, we’ll be featuring a round-up of some of our past articles you may have missed along with a few things that caught our eye throughout the week:
- Modus Interactive has been working hard on a delightfully experimental abstract hellscape, keen to see the world he has in store.
- Our editor, Medea put together a delightful retrospective on Knytt, a classic indie platformer. It’s a fantastic look at thoughtful exploration based platformer design.
- Avant Garde extraordinaire Sos Sosowski finally released his Mosh Pit Simulator. A delightfully absurd satire riffing on the infamous joke genre.
- GropeTheElephant wrote a lovely BOOK (!!) on Nova Prospekt’s fascinating level design. The perfect weekend read, take a look!
- Oi, Bird Of Passage just came out and you really, REALLY owe it to yourself to give it a go.
- Memories Retold got released not too long ago, a fascinating gorgeous game about the end of WW1.
That’s it for this week!
- Resident Evil 2 Remake came out this week. While I’m not personally much of a Resident Evil fan, I do know a little bit of lore. Hunk has always been an attractive fan favorite as an unstoppable mystery man on a mission, and this gameplay demonstrates his personality perfectly. There’s something compelling about gameplay footage recorded by someone playing the game with an approach that mirrors the character’s personality. Like an actor in an appropriate role, something about this footage just works. It’s refreshing to see such a well done PC release of a classic console game that manages to do justice to the original.
- Eldritch R’thym game After The Waves Crash by Filip Ghisi Stefan is definitely worth a few minutes of your time. Especially if you’re busy like me and struggle to find the time for Sunless Skies.
- Genderfluid Tiefling by Luna is a fun little meditation on LGBT narratives that go OK. no tragedies here, just a nice and pleasant day with friends.
- I’m not sure what the moral of Brativism by Marina Kittaka is, but it reminded me a lot of Naked Lunch. If you’re into that sort of thing, take a look for a unique little experience.
- It’s the 20th anniversary of Silent Hill, which means: Insert Coins? It’s time for you to bring back the Silent Hill merch.
With some larger pieces in the schedule for next week, we wanted to take some time and showcase a few smaller indies we haven’t had a chance to look at previously.
TAKANARIA is genuinely worth finding a break in your day for. It’s a little free project released on Steam by solo Japanese Indie developer Crownbird. It focuses on its simple premise of a botanist visiting a deserted island for research. Despite having no larger deeper plot TAKANARIA exudes such an earnest sincerity with a wonderful characterization of both its inhabitants and the environment. A rich soundtrack and seaside soundscape facilitates a relaxing stride across the island with a day/night cycle and echoes of festivals past.
There is a familiarity evocative of early 2000s JRPGs present here that helps fuel the sense of nostalgia and rediscovering old memories. I found myself smiling at all the care and effort put into the delicate details for such a small game.
Part Urban-Exploration, part romantic field trip on a forgotten Mediterranean-style island, TAKANARIA is a lovely experience that will brighten up anyone’s day. If you’re hungry for more details, Crownbird has an interview over at GameSpark.
- SeattleIndies interviewed Ty Taylor of The Bridge fame as part of a new video series where they spotlight local indies. It’s worth a watch on this lovely lazy Sunday.
- Masahiro Ito (known for his work on Silent Hill) has created an incredibly delightful macabre wasteland setting, called Acid Buffer Zone, realized in models and paint, absolutely deserves a presence in video games.
- If that isn’t enough artistic inspiration for you this weekend, take a look at the works of painters Boris Groh, and Keith Thompson
- The Global Game Jam for 2019 is happening next week, find a local event in your area and participate!
- At a glance, Noir mystery stealth title Dollhouse gives the impression of having overlap with The Ship but with a procedurally generated single-player twist. Multiplayer seems to revolve around the player being assigned targets with an interesting perspective-switching mechanic involved. Certainly worth a look closer to launch to see how the unique gameplay unfolds.
- Retro-esque Rogue-Like Haque is on sale and seems like a fun time if you enjoy ASCII-Flavored tactics games.
We hope you’re having a lovely weekend.