• Guided meditation - angel looks over you

    Waking review

    Waking aims to bring together traditional gameplay and meditation with a story about trying to awake from a coma. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite reach the mark and is more likely to turn more players away than if it focused on one or the other. When I first heard about Waking, I was quite intrigued by this concept and eager to jump in. However, the repetitive combat and level design made it a tedious game to play. Waking endeavours to make the game about you, the player, by asking about desires, fears and memories. It attempts to evoke emotion by asking about childhood pets and your home town, but I wondered…

  • Steam Game Festival - Tohu demo

    6 Super Steam Game Festival recommendations

    The Steam Game Festival has an impressive line up of demos (more than 900!) which can be a little overwhelming. While I haven’t played all 900, the website, unfortunately, makes it a little challenging to find them all, I have seen quite a few to love. If you haven’t had a chance to get into the demos or want some more games to enjoy before the festival ends, then check out my list of recommendations below.

  • Clunky Hero - June 2020 Kickstarter

    Three kick-arse Kickstarters for June 2020

    Each month I usually write about one awesome indie Kickstarter campaign that I think could be an excellent game. It’s great to be able to support and promote indie devs. This month I found a game I wanted to spotlight, then another and then a third. I didn’t know which to decide on because I want them all to succeed and be great games in the future! So, I decided that I would promote all three.

  • June indie game releases - Waking

    June 2020 top indie game releases

    June is upon us, and it comes with some great looking indie game releases. I’ve picked my top titles for the month, and I love the variety June has in store. Who would have thought we’d see guided meditation, the limbo of purgatory and the adventures of a farming sim all in one month?

  • Neversong - Granny is sad because she can't breathe

    Neversong review

    Dark, sepia tones set the scene in Neversong and let us know we’re in for a grim adventure. Initially, Neversong started its life as a 15-minute flash game from 2010 and, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, was re-imagined into what it is today; a macabre tale of kidnap and lost parents in a nightmare world. My first thought when I started Neversong was how similar it looks to Pinstripe, which is no surprise given they are both Thomas Brush games. Neversong and Pinstripe share many similarities, especially in the art style, but also in their dark and creepy environments. If you enjoyed Pinstripe, you would probably enjoy Neversong too. Neversong…

  • Weaving Tides Kickstarter - Gameplay

    Weaving Tides – May Kickstarter Spotlight

    Weaving Tides introduces us to a vibrant world of marvellous moths and wonderful weaving. Tass is a lone human in a world of moths and her foster father Kilim, a weaver dragon. A dark force has descended on their village, and Tass and Kilim set out on an adventure to save it. Together they will weave their way through puzzles and wrap up their enemies in an interesting spin on combat. I used to be an avid cross-stitcher and love the weaving component of the game. The Weaving Tides Kickstarter launched today, and they have already reached 30% of their goal, so fingers crossed that they make it all the…

  • Unbound: Worlds Apart Prologue - Soli opens a portal

    Unbound: Worlds Apart Prologue – First Look

    The Unbound: Worlds Apart prologue is an exciting introduction to the world of Unbound, a 2D Metroidvania platformer coming out later this year. Unbound: Worlds Apart had a successful Kickstarter last year, and over the previous few months the game has evolved and improved and taken on a new life! The prologue gives us a chance to experience the changes and see what the game is about. Unbound: Worlds Apart uses portals to solve puzzles, and the prologue finds us thrown into chaos with Soli’s (our main character) world torn apart by unknown creatures. It is up to Soli to find out what happened and save as many villagers as…

  • Five February Indie game releases - Draugen screenshot

    Five February 2020 indie game releases

    February is the time we all go back to reality, so why not enjoy it with some fantastic games? Today we’re highlighting five indie game releases for February 2020. Some of these are new releases for the game entirely, where others are new releases to a particular platform. Luna – The Shadow Dust Website | Twitter | Steam Platforms: PC Release Date: 13th February 2020 Genres: Puzzle, point and click, adventure Come journey to the far edges of the world where the ancient tower stands. We must jump in headfirst with courage and determination to get through this adventure. Luna – The Shadow Dust is an amazing looking game, with…

  • Review – Arise: A Simple Story

    Arise: A Simple Story is a beautiful and moving game that starts at the end. The game opens to the lighting of a funeral pyre as our character’s journey moves from this life to the next. Momentarily, you wonder what will happen next and then you awake in a snow-filled world with a light beckoning from a distance. Arise is a level based game, where each level represents a time and memory in our character’s life. Bright and beautiful during times of happiness and curiosity, dark and cold during sadness and desperation. These scenes, along with an incredible soundtrack make for an impactful game. In Arise, we journey with our…

  • The beautiful world of GRIS - a combat free, storytelling game

    My favourite combat free games of 2019

    I love when a game’s story, graphics and soundtrack are so atmospheric and engaging that combat isn’t required to make it exciting. Games that I can play and not have to consider why I’m beating up everything that moves. 2019 was an excellent year for non-combat indie games, with some garnering huge audiences (hello Untitled Goose Game) and a bunch of awards. It awesome see these types of games gaining more popularity, so I thought I’d share my five favourites for the year. The Stillness of the Wind Website | Twitter | Steam Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch & iOS, Genres: Adventure, atmospheric, story-rich The Stillness of the Wind is a…