Literally everything I've enjoyed on itch.io
A bit too difficult of a puzzle game for my tastes, but the block-pulling mechanic is interesting albeit cruel, and it introduces some really interesting wrinkles that really make me wish I had the patience to see this thing through.
Really cute little game where you act as a go-between for two executable files from neighboring folders who are in love.
Real good first part of a novel about paranormals, queerness, and self-discovery.
Super funny and cute, basically a Paper Mario game sans combat. Brought me close to tears several times, the friendship with Miriam is fantastic, the self-doubt and stuff with the Hero/Audrey is great, the music is great, I love everything about this game
Features essays on the design of Gotham City in the Arkham games and various films, the post-apocalyptic world of NieR:Automata, and the myriad test chambers and dilapidated facilities of the Portal games.
Has some interesting thoughts about Life is Strange, Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy, Hollow Knight, and Crazy Taxi
The essays on the architecture of Kentucky Route Zero and the ecohorror of Night in the Woods' environments are great.
Has a really interesting piece about video game bathrooms, including well-deserved praise for the toilet at the beginning of SOMA
Contains some really evocative black and white photos of Metroid Prime, and an interesting article by Robert Yang about the use of chairs in games.
Cute story with a protagonist happily transformed into a wolf-girl by a "curse", that also deals with her village's reactions to her new form and identity.
Friendly, improvisational-feeling little game where the narrator guides you through a couple puzzles: developer and player cooperating with each other to reach the goal
Really good visual novel about queer folks in meaty mechs killing fascists. Strikes a good balance between the goofy stuff, sincere feels, and its darker themes.
Parallel programming: the video game! I'm really glad Tomorrow Corporation made a follow-up to Human Resource Machine; I love Zachtronics' games, but it's nice to have something in that vein that's a bit less intimidating, and that I can actually finish. Watching all those little workers scurry around and perfectly execute your programs at 12x speed is incredibly satisfying.
Really sweet and extremely gay holiday story. The grumpy elves and pretentious snowman are hilarious, the Little Matchstick Girl retelling is really sad, BEL/S and Pyre are adorable together (that "Let it Snow" rendition!) and there's some good gender feels.