• Portrait of Ben's Mum

    Before Your Eyes review

    Blink, and you’ll miss it may be the old idiom, but blink, and you’ll regret it might be more accurate in Before Your Eyes. Before Your Eyes tells the story of Ben, but we’re learning about it once he’s died and passing on. The Ferryman has picked us up out of the murky depths of the ocean, and he’s there to help us pass on. He needs to know our story, though, but we don’t control our limbs anymore. Fortunately, we can still blink, and that’s all we need to delve back into our memories and show the ferryman how we lived. Gameplay I’ve seen Before Your Eyes described as…

  • A cloud causing havoc in April indie game releases Rain on your Parade.

    April 2021 indie game releases – part 1

    I love the selection of April 2021 indie game releases! I decided to split the new releases post up into two because the months are just jam-packed with games! Recently, many games only announce their release dates a few weeks (or even days!) out from release, and they get missed on my monthly posts. So, I’m hoping to split the post into two will have more awesome games for you to check out. Before Your Eyes Website | Twitter Genre: Adventure, Story-rich, first-person Platforms: PC (Steam) Release date: 8th April 2021 Blink, or you’ll miss it, literally. Beginning after your death, Before Your Eyes tells the story of your life through memories.…

  • Hanging out with Elias in Signs of the Sojourner

    Signs of the Sojourner

    Are you feeling that desire to travel? 2020 left most of us desperate to see the world again, and Signs of the Sojourner might go part of the way of filling that need. After your mothers death you, and your friend Elias, decide to take over her shop and join the caravan she travelled with to keep it stocked. Along the way, you’ll learn more about her world and the secrets that went along with it. Signs of the Sojourner is a deck builder, but it focuses on building conversation and relationships rather than building defences. As in life, not all discussions will go the way you want, and sometimes…

  • March indie game release Fate of Kai

    March 2021 indie game releases

    Indie new releases for 2021 are ramping up with some awesome selections in March! I’ve played the demo for quite a few of these games, and they’ve all been fantastic. Here’s hoping the full releases are just as fun. There is always a good variety among the games, so hopefully, you’ll find something to enjoy. Dorfromantik Twitter Platforms: PC (Steam & Itch.io) Genres: Strategy, puzzle, relaxing, casual, simulation Release date: 25th March (Early access) Dorfromantik, or village romance in English, is a lovely village builder game that uses hex tiles to expand the village. With a limited number of tiles at your disposal, correct placement is of the utmost importance.…

  • Our survivors exploring this unknown planet

    Voyage review

    When you think of a voyage, do you think of excitement, adventure and the unknown? Well, 2 out of 3 isn’t so bad. In Voyage, play as two survivors of a terrible shipwreck lost on an alien planet and trying to work out how to get home. Help them find their way as you trek through this beautiful, unknown planet where, fortunately, nothing wants to harm them. With no dialogue (even in menus), Voyage relies on character gestures and the environment to tell the story. This is mostly done well, though I was confused on some occasions, and the story does leave some interpretation up to the player. It’s always…

  • The Girl's fish island in Tohu

    Tohu review

    In Tohu, a mysterious stranger has come to our fish planet and is causing chaos. They’re destroying everything sacred, so it’s up to The Girl, and her alter ego Cubus to save their home from this menace. Fortunately, for us, all of this occurs in a beautiful, bizarre world filled with quirky characters and excellent music. Gameplay Tohu is a point and click game. They regularly make me a bit scared, but Tohu is excellent for us novice point and click players. That may mean the more experienced at the genre may find it too easy. If you do get stuck, though, there is a great hint system which makes…

  • Gorgeous profile art for the characters

    Beacon Pines – February Kickstarter spotlight

    I came across Beacon Pines at the Steam Game Festival, and I was captivated from the first moment. When I saw they had an active Kickstarter campaign, I knew I had to back it. Beacon Pines starts with a mysterious book where the ending is unknown, because we are writing, and re-writing it as we play the game. Some charms can change the story’s direction, past and present, and something creepy is going on out in the forest. So much intrigue! I had to know more. In the demo, we find out about Luka, and that his Dad died six years ago, and his Mum has gone missing. Things are…

  • Beacon Pines - one of the games featured in the Steam Game Festival

    Super Steam Game Festival 2021 Demos

    The Steam Game Festival is here for 2021, and there are more than 500 demos included! Unfortunately, I don’t have enough clones (or any) to get through anywhere near that many demos, and I imagine you don’t either. I have been able to play quite a few, though, and there’s still time to play even more! Here are my choices of where to start the festival. Beacon Pines Website | Twitter | Wishlist/demo Genre: Adventure, choices matter Platforms: PC (Steam & itch.io) and Nintendo Switch Release date: Sept 2021 Beacon Pines starts in the pages of a book, but this is no ordinary book for no one knows the ending yet, not even the…

  • Tina and SAM-53 rest in Encodya

    Encodya review

    Set in 2062, Encodya introduces us to Tina and Sam, a homeless child and her nanny robot, SAM-53. All children are assigned a nanny bot at birth with the year as their model. SAM must protect Tina at all costs. This is lucky for Tina, as Neo Berlin’s world is rough and not a good place for a child alone. The game opens to Tina and SAM needing to find some basic supplies like food and shelter, but then they discover that SAM has a hidden piece of code and some people are eager to get their hands on it. Together, along with the helpful (and not so helpful) people…

  • February 2021 indie games - Henry Mosse and the Wormhole Conspiracy

    February indie game releases 2021

    Hello 2021, it’s time for some indie game releases! Yes, I skipped January because there weren’t many new releases when I checked at the end of December, and then boom! So many games released in the second half of January. February 2021 is set to be a pretty good month of gaming and who knows what last-minute release dates we’ll be gifted with throughout the month! NUTS Website | Twitter Platforms: PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch and Apple Arcade Genres: Adventure, first-person Release date: 4th February 2021 Get your research, GPS and map ready, it’s time to go out to Melmouth Forest to investigate some sneaky little squirrels. As a rookie researcher, it’s…