A visual novel about a young girl suddenly finding herself on the train to the afterlife, which allows her to speak to the other passengers sharing their own passing and reflect on her own thoughts on that matter. Its a very touching topic, that manages to achieve most of its emotional depth through stories of other peoples regrets, while still allowing for some lighter uplifting beats. It is a good story with characters worth listening to. 3,5/5
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Rhythm game with a fantastic art style and original soundtrack. Its actually a bit unfair calling it a demo considering it already has 10 tracks and 4 difficulty levels each and already feels like a product worth paying for, but I do hope they can polish it a little more for a full release, as sometimes its a bit hard to see the symbols on screen due to the variable zoom and action on screen. Some of the songs didnt really grow on me yet, but its an incredibly fluid and entertaining system that I can easily see losing myself to. 4/5
Visual Novel with fantastic voice work about the story of a famous knight. The story progression is very pleasant to read, it has interesting characters and mystery to entice you to keep going with gorgeous art. The itch bundle version unfortunately only contains 2 chapters and the full game isnt finished yet, but this is among the most pleasant and endearing Visual Novels I've read in a while. I highly recommend staying and listening to this campfire tale. 4/5
Its a free form flight bird simulator that promises to add some interesting features for its flight simulation, like air currents and more. The worlds do not contain any goals or structure, it is literally focussed just on the sensation of flying, which this game absolutely nails. It has been rarely as satisfiyng to roar through the skies and through canyons. While the game offers a good amount of variety in its locales, the draw of its random generation wears a bit thin after a while, but this is definitely a game to keep an eye on in the future for more features.
Digital Escape room focussing on classic real life Escape room puzzles. Look through the room, find clues, make connections and solve the number locks around the apartment. I really enjoy when games emulate real Escape rooms, but would love to see more than just number locks/combinations in the sequel. And since I dont want to spoil anything, I was also impressed by the end and narrative bits that the developers used to give you actually interesting background to what happened to your unfortunately sick colleague. 3,5/5
Very customizable bullet hell shootemup with a huge amount of unlockable characters, weapons and modifiers. Considering its 70 levels, highscore grading and engaging achievement challenges, this game will likely keep you busy for a while. The art style and graphics are a bit hit or miss, but I really enjoyed how much finetuning it allows in adjusting its difficulty with harder or easier modifiers, which in turn affect your score. That allows everyone to find the right sweet spot to play it, while continuing through its hypnotizing levels that are guaranteed to push you into the "zone". 4/5
Puzzle platforming Metroidvania that packs quite the punch. The combat isnt really the focus most of the time and even if the jumping mechanics admittedly feel a bit off and it has some hit or miss humor, the game just works so well as its own thing, that its hard not to fall in love with it once you stumble over some puzzles and genuinely interesting rewards that give a proper spelunking mood. Add a pleasant soundtrack, rewarding exploration and secrets and some really nice pixel art on top, and this easily is among the games I most likely would want to buy and play on Switch outside of these impressions to really dig into its 20 hour campaign. Incredibly well designed. 4,5/5
Jump & Run with a metriodvania progression system. Exploring the castle will present you with platforming challenges that you can solve for new platforming abilities and story bits. Its biggest issue is sometimes missing a sense of direction, as you often solve platforming challenges without being able to progress in that direction, but other than that, it is a fascinating little game with a pleasant challenge level and sense of progression. Its a fun little game.
Ridiculously gorgeous top down exploration puzzle adventure. It doesnt offer much direction and is more focussed on instilling a sense of exploration and curiosity in the player, which is very well realized and also very rarely as on point as it is here. You will traverse the environment and try to understand its rules visual cues and by playing your continuously unlock more of that sense of wonder that will allow to be a part of this world. It is not a game that everyone will appreciate, as it doesnt offer much direction or clear goals, sometimes you might not even be aware you are standing right in the middle of a puzzle to figure out, but its truly a special game, that really is its own beast, making a thoroughly unique experience. If "artsy" games arent you thing, you might want to skip, but its certainly a great find for me and for everyone appreciating exploring an unknown world. 4,5/5
Hacknet is a hacking simulator that ticks all the right boxes for that genre. It nails the theme, giving you cool tools and procedures to work with, entertaining side stories and cool and well balanced ideas to simulate the hacking process. Naturally the game is mostly text, but that really just gets you invested in its theme and its hard to put down once you start digging through the code and files of the systems you access.Just an incredibly interesting and fun game, even if it isnt particularly flashy.
Sidescrolling Metroidvania with some roguelite progression mechanics. The fluid animations and feeling of the combat is rather addicting, even if it isnt super deep. However, exploring, walljumping and navigating the levels to unlock new level areas while unlocking more skill boosts is just a darn addicting little gameplay loop that is hard to put down. Even if it doesnt quite reach the heights of the best in the Metroidvania genre, it just adds a fantastic art style and an intriguing background story with multiple endings on top of its 15 hour package, and you got a very, very enjoyable game. 4,5/5
This is a top down action adventure in which you set out to kill gigantic norse gods. The atmosphere and variety of environemts to explore is fantastic and even if the combat mechanics feel a bit slow, the game is thoroughly enjoyable to explore and overcome. The boss fights especially feel like proper highlights that might require you to retry them a few times. Due to the constant new ideas in the levels, the game stays fresh throughout its runtime, despite having a relatively slow pace. Utterly fantastic to thoroughly sink into a different world if you are willing to let the games atmosphere sink its teeth into you. 4/5
A narrative adventure that asks you to look into the live of several suspects, deciding if they are harmless citizens or terrorists. By deciding which data to upload into the system, you are shaping how that person is viewed by investigators. Its a very clear criticism of the increasingly critical methods a police state is using to surveil and seemingly arbitrary choices how citizens are being judged. It would be neat if the decisions would have more branching possibilities, but it is still a powerful statement and an engaging story. 4,5/5
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Fjords is a puzzle exploration adventure and one of my favourite Indie experiences ever. Its a glitch space world where you need to learn the rules before you can go about solving its secrets and it sends you on an engaging journey through the unknown that only a few very rare games ever managed to evoke in my as much as Fjords does. Every aspect you unravel on your own will hold a special place in your heart. Despite its simple looking nature, the journey into Fjords is one of a kind. Take your time with this one. 5/5
Its a classic gravity switching platformer that I first played over 10 years ago and i was wondering how it might hold up compared to all the Indie Games that have come since then and I am very, very happy to see that the game is still as fun as it ever was. Generous checkpoints allow you to explore these challenging depths at a relatively comfortable level, while a fantastic soundtrack pushes you forward. Other games have done the gravity switching mechanic since then, but VVVVVV still stands out among the best of its kind due to its engaging package.4/5
Excellent puzzle game with an even better sound design. Its one of those games where sights and sounds are integrated in a way to easily transport you into a flow of meditation and relaxation. Has 5 modes, 5 songs and is entirely customizable, meaning you can download more sound/song/graphics packs from other people creating them. You might need to poke around a bit for some more songs you enjoy, but this is an utterly fantastic game and deserves to be named among the best in its genre. 4,5/5
Pretty darn amazing Arcade action game. Technically made for VR, but the non-VR version is super fun already. I think what really makes this game work as it does is its mix of different mechanics that really come well to keep you on your toes. You'll balance shooting straight ahead, while picking up enemies out of the sky combined with avoiding incoming bullets in a bullet hell style extra top down mode. Add several hidden routes, highscore replayability and unlocking credits to survive the onslaught of enemies, you hae all the tools to motivate you to bite through this and enjoy the wild ride. Great stuff. 4,5/5
These games are unique little gems. Its basically a story book puzzle game in which you need to reorder panels to tell the story you want do tell, which usually includes getting away from the people hunting you and they have some seriously clever ideas for its design. Its not terribly challenging as you can try around a lot, but its such a joy to play and just effortlessly makes you grin with its amazing fluid animations, unfortunate outcomes and smart level ideas, that its not not to recommend everyone to play it. 5/5
A short miniadventure in which you stumble upon an item shop. The game does incredibly well to evoke a warm and comfortable feeling, inviting you to stroll through the aisles and take in a decidedly french attitude to life. I wont spoil the end and feel like there is a bit more that could have been done with the concept, but its slightly surprising nature and delving into an otherworldly almost spiritual mystical atmosphere really did well to pull people in. 3,5/5
Alright, I admit I didnt expect a simple slot machine game quite so intriguing, but ... it is. You need to gamble to pay your rent of the game is over. During your sessions playing the roulette machine, you gradually unlock more items that will allow you to gain higher payouts and by combining the right items at the right time, you can turn your game time into a veritable money machine. Its fun, addicting, quick to play and offers enough depth to optimize your runs that every decision feels genuinely interesting and worth pondering. Deceiving looks, great game. 4/5
Stanley Parable style 4th wall breaking game about you pushing a button. The game is funny, has some intriguing ideas and a good bit to say about the world we live in and our bouts of entitlement and predefined opinions. I really liked that its not just a "fun" game, but everyone playing it will likely find the thoughts engagingly enough presented to actually think about the underlying topics, which is rather powerful for a game to accomplish. Definitely curious what the dev will come up with in the future. 4/5More Itch Bundle impressions: https://tomalexi.itch.io/
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Visual Novel with utterly amazing Ascii animations and a good bit of humor that I very enjoyed. Offbeat humor game that I definitely recommend checking out for a quick and entertaining romp. Would have looooved this to be a longer story and seeing more scenes. Really hope the dev returns to this style at some point.
Its a visual novel, where the content and tone of your answers depend on what type of symbols you match for a angry, sad, joyous etc. response. The core mechanic of this is frankly pretty darn smart. It really feels like giving you more agency on which choice you'll choose as you also need to contemplate how to balance the board for which reactions. The story isnt particularly great and as you can see its not optimized for PC, but I enjoyed playing through the game for its main mechanic alone and I can easily see a more involved Visual Novel using this mechanic. Really, really, really cool.
Interactive Fiction with a content warning for menstruation related topics. I really like how this particular genre can set up stories and that certainly was an interesting one. It is relatively simple and short, but the writing is on point and the inspiration for the story is intriguing as menstruation is still considered as a bit of a taboo topic in many places. I do recommend playing through both options (10 minutes) if you dont mind the topic at hand.
Fun top down plane combat highscore game. If this game had any progression, unlocks or a few more interesting items/modifiers, this could be a small gem. As it stands, the dev still absolutely nailed navigation, combat and pleasant aesthetics and animations. I really enjoyed playing it. My highscore if you want a small challenge: 77100. Good game.
Adorable visual novels about two girls getting lost in the woods and using that opportunity to talk about what realy matters to them. There arent any alternate endings or a lot of content, but its cute, well written and just a pleasant litte story.
Relatively challenging platformer that is currently still in Beta and not content complete. However, even in that state, it already shows great promise and the developer wisely included some extra challenging collectibles you can try to get if you want to stay just a bit longer in this world. Controls could use a bit more polish, but overall good level design and seriously fun boss fight. 3,5/5
Math game about swapping cards to get the result 21. Despite it being only a few cards, some of the levels were actually a bit tricky if you werent intending to brute force the solution. Simple, works, even if it could use some more bells and whistles and more ideas for a bit of a more unique game concept.
Another short story, about the origin myth of the viatnamese people, in which a mythical bird and a water dragon king fell in love, made 100 children and split them up to the mountain and the seas as the would never be able to live together, explaining the seafolk and mountainfolk of vietnam. Cute, on point, worth playing. Liked this one as well. 3/5
Another lovely short story that I really enjoyed, giving a very personal insight into the relationship of the author and what it means for them to look forward to the days following the pandemic. Liked it, even if these micro experiences certainly wont be everyones cup of tea.
Very short narrative adventure about noticing and exploring the world around you and what that might mean to you. Its simple, but I liked it. Gives me a bit the same vibes as looking at an art work or reading a small poem.
Visual Novel and puzzle game in which you as the White Rabbit of Alice in Wonderland fame and need to organize a yearly summit of the kingdoms of hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades. Depending on who you pair with whom, you get to learn about secrets, character relationships and dislikes. As any of these pairings affect what the people of the kingdoms will work for on a variety of topics such a war and open borders, your seating choice will be the important factor to determine the outcome of the game and the future of all kingdoms. Pleasant art style, interesting mechanics and the game has the perfect amount of information and challenge to make this a cool puzzle to figure out. 3,5/5
A blackjack game where you and your opponents can get skills to change the rules of the game. I really enjoyed playing this one, but as it is still a game of luck, it can feel a bit tedious if you lose a lot in succession and the game doesnt offer any continuous progressions in between runs, which might make a long drawn out match feel a bit more tedious than it should be. If you enjoy blackjack and unlocking some skills along the way, this is good fun, though.
Same developer as Strainge and another adventure game, I really adore the art style and animations. Again not a mechanically deep game and more of a short story, but their stories are so short, bite sized and on point that I'll definitely play more of their releases down the line.
The game is an important insight at the atrocities of war, directly retelling some aspects that people in that area needed to go through in 2014. As such, it has some emotional elements that can be rather impactful and I am glad more people get to play it now. However, as a game, it is admittedly a bit lacking with relatively simple mechanics and quite a few bugs I encountered with missing music, exponentially overlying sound effects and progression bugs. However it is short and I believe playing and seeing what the game wants to say is important so go check it out.