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And Now, a List of Games I Like

a collection by DancingEngie · last updated 2019-06-08 15:14:11

Games/maybe-games that I liked/thought were interesting/inspired me.

*In no particular order.

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A detective game where the main interactions are done in the REAL game directory.
Puzzle

A point-and-click thriller piece where you solve puzzles by way of the actual explorer menu, outside of the game. This being a short pilot, the riddles are pretty simple and the demo ends too soon, but it's a fascinating mechanic with a lot of potential depth.

a realtime claustrophobic anti-thriller
Simulation
Play in browser

A mysterious deal, a blocked number, ten minutes to burn. There's a surprising amount of interactivity for such a small space, and the Nokia brick is recreated very faithfully. Quite dreadful, in a good way. A bit too long (ironically), but still a very interesting interactive thriller experiment.

​A small little RPGmaker game about a lonely girl with a connection to another world that she sees in her dreams.
Role Playing

Short and sweet interactive narrative about loneliness, and it's a very impressive first gamedev attempt at that. Writing's a bit cliche but still genuine, and as expected the art - and especially the cutscene art - is impressive and plays wonderfully to RPG Maker's limitations.

Alternate reality internet simulator set in 1999!

A nostalgia trip and also detective story through the essence of late-90's-early-00's internet, for all its good, bad, and (especially) ugly. Puzzles are interesting and engaging, the writing is wonderful, all the little websites feel genuine and the music has some wonderful tunes.

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Just make sure you don't miss.
Adventure

A short and sweet story-based game about the price of being a legend in the old West. Beautifully written and with smooth, stunning pixel art. Also helps that it has a surprisingly immersive shooting mechanic. And no, it doesn't actually cost 5,000 bucks.

Are you clever enough to find me?
Puzzle

A first person Myst'em'up in which a fox challenges you to reunite with it. The puzzles are sometimes cliche, but otherwise they're well telegraphed, the music is wonderful and the art style is beautifully minimalist.

​Interactive audiovisual experience about how the company you keep can make you feel at home (or not). GGJ19
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A small, interactive toy about how different people can make us calm or uneasy. Great visual and audio design wrap a message told through simple mechanics.

I'll be honest, I don't really like virtual museums. Or real ones, at that. But MotSI is a bit easier to recommend as it's more akin to a personal documentary piece about friendship, depression and memes. If you're into that, give this museum a try.

A Billionaire Simulator
Role Playing
Play in browser

A funny thought experiment about spending billions of dollars on things that are actually worthwhile. It does get cringey with its political commentary at points, but it's so crazy and over-the-top that it's not overbearing and quite insightful.

Learn to type with acclaimed American avant garde filmmaker David Lynch!

Just what it says on the tin

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Murder mystery courtroom drama set on an interplanetary spacecraft.
Adventure

An experimental detective game... set in space! Has a cool minimalist art style and lots of sarcastic humor. It's a bit confusing, but on the whole it's a very satisfying experience. The classical soundtrack fits perfectly.

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EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK is a nihilistic horror comedy zine-game about life

A collection of darkly comedic mini-games about living with depression after the loss of a loved one. I admit that I didn't quite "get" everything and it is quite blunt, but I respect it for presenting a personal story to the world.

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Will you write the way into her heart?
Visual Novel

What starts out as a normal dating sim for filthy weebs turns into so much more. Definitely more style than substance, but it's just the right length. The trigger warnings are not jokes by the way.

1 Ship. 2 Girls. 15 Cows.
Visual Novel

A space outlaw simulator. It's silly, it's cute, it's short, and the titular pair bounce off each other wonderfully.

スーパードンキーコング D R E A M A K E
Platformer

...is this memes? Is this art? Is this satire? This game asks the important questions. Fair warning, it is pretty trippy and epileptic.

Enjoy Bundle Kitt; love Bundle Kitt.
Visual Novel
Play in browser

I never knew I wanted a cruedly drawn sitcom walking simulator until now

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Cyberpunk Bartender Action
Visual Novel

This game came from the heart. It has a multitude of personal stories, engaging dialogue and extremely likable characters. It's my game of 2016.

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A soft-boiled cyberpunk adventure
Adventure

A 30-minute parody of adventure games, cyberpunk, millennials and internet culture. Intentionally cringe-inducing and annoying, but surprisingly well voice-acted and animated.

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The law! Watch your back, Train Bandit.
Action

It's One Finger Death Punch. On a moving train. Take my money.

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A short, humorous and experimental murder mystery game with a focus on deduction and theatrics.
Puzzle

A first person whodunit simulator. Drunk-solve a murder on a train full of exaggerated characters. While it is a bit glitchy, it's a great little funny experiment.

a game about news cycles, vicious cycles, infinite cycles
Play in browser

A 10-minute game about constant news cycles, the media, and how it affects people. Like COSim2014, from the same dev, it's simple but powerful.

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a half-true story about half-truths
Play in browser

A powerful game about what it feels like to come out as bi to strict parents. Simultaneously tongue-in-cheek but deeply emotional and personal.

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Sign In again.

Teen drama told through late-90s-early-00s AIM nostalgia. Writing could be polished a bit and your choices don't mean much, but the novelty of its chat client make it worth it.

A 15 minute experimental heist game

A 15 minute heist game about heists and also video games

A short, linear, pseudo-rpg game where the Hunted becomes the Huntress.
Role Playing

A violent coming-of-age story based on Little Riding Hood. While it's on the easy side (and intentionally so), the plot is contained and interesting, and the art style is beautifully minimalist.