• Two Junes - Blue June and June: Tales from Cyberspace

    July 2021 Kickstarter spotlight – A month of two Junes

    Every month I pick a fantastic game with an active Kickstarter campaign to spotlight. This month I decided to spotlight two, mostly because I liked the coincidence of two games named June being active at the same time. So, this is a month of two Junes. Blue June Kickstarter | Twitter | Website | Wishlist | demo Kickstarter ends: 26th July 2021 Platforms: PC Genres: 2.5D, puzzle, story-rich Expected release date: June 2022 June is a student at the prestigious Rose Hill Academy, which seems like a dream, but she becomes withdrawn after a terrible accident occurs, and she starts to have frequent nightmares. Over time her dreams begin to consume her and leak out into the real…

  • Indie Game release July 2021 - Lona

    July 2021 indie game releases – part 1

    The chaos of June has calmed, and July is a quieter month for indie game releases. Currently, there are only a handful of games I want to mention in new releases, but I am still splitting them up into two, just in case we get some sneak releases throughout the month. Fortunately, a quieter month means we get more time to experience these beautiful games. Lona: Realm of Colors Website | Twitter Genre: Adventure, point & click Platforms: PC (Steam) Release date: 9th July Lona is trying to deal with the struggles of life and using art as her outlet, but as she becomes consumed by her paintings, she loses touch with…

  • Minute of Islands - Mo and Miri together

    Minute of Islands review

    Life as Mo knew it changed when the blight came. Deadly fungus spores taking over the islands where she lives and poisoning her friends and family. The four giants that roam the islands take on the enormous responsibility of keeping the islands safe, and they go deep underground to power the transmitters to keep the spores at bay. Theirs is a thankless, endless task, but what other choice do they have? Mo is scared of the surface, so she goes underground with them, and the giants deem her worthy of being the holder of the powerful Omni Switch. Mo’s life is filled with the comforting churning of the brother’s work…

  • Next Fest - Leaving Terra Nil

    Nine excellent Steam Next Fest demos

    The Steam Games Festival is here again, but it has been renamed Steam Next Fest to celebrate awesome upcoming indie games. As has been the case with previous Festivals, there are a vast amount of demos and events to enjoy. With over 100 demos, it can be challenging to know where to start, so I created a list of my favourites for the festival. Terra Nil Website | Twitter | Wishlist/demo Genre: Simulation, city builder, puzzle Platforms: PC (Steam) Release date: 2022 Reclaim the wasteland in this reverse city builder. After touching down on barren, bare land, it’s time to get to work and restore the wasteland back to life as a thriving ecosystem.…

  • Valley of No Roads - June indie game release

    June 2021 indie game releases – part 1

    June is a mega month for indie game releases! There are so many digital conventions and shows happening, not to mention so many games being released! It’s going to be a great month to get stuck into some fantastic games. I am particularly looking forward to Chicory since I backed it on Kickstarter. Here’s hoping that we can bring colour back to the world! My picks for the first half of June are below, be sure to check back for part two for the end of the month. Chicory Website | Twitter Genre: Adventure, RPG Platforms: PC (Steam), Playstation Release date: 10th June Chicory, the wielder of The Brush, has disappeared, and…

  • The Grove and its inhabitants in The Wild at Heart

    The Wild at Heart review

    Take an adventure into a magical world with The Wild at Heart. Wake is running away from home with his best friend, Kirby. His Dad has never been the same since his Mum died, and he can’t deal with it anymore. So, he and Kirby are going to hide out in the woods behind his house. Unfortunately, he gets lost and ends up in a magical world of spritelings, wizards, and terrifying beings lurking in the dark. The Never were trapped by the Green Witch, but since she’s gone, they’ve been leaking back into the world and causing chaos. Fortunately, they can only appear at night, so be sure to…

  • Kickstarter Spotlight - LightBreak

    May 2021 Kickstarter spotlight

    Every month (usually), I do a Kickstarter spotlight of a fantastic game that just launched a campaign. Sometimes, there are many good games with a live Kickstarter, and this is one of those months. I couldn’t decide on which to pick, so I went with four! As is usually the case with my selections, nearly all of them are also combat-free! LightBreak Kickstarter | Twitter | Website | Wishlist | demo Kickstarter ends: 3rd June 2021 Platforms: PC, Android & iOS Genres: Rhythm, story-rich, puzzle, adventure Expected release date: Unknown Ava is out on an adventure when she finds Saaz, a magical artifact that plays through the soul of the person who carries it.…

  • May 2021 indie game release Wild at Heart

    May 2021 indie game releases – part 2

    We’re halfway through May, and it’s time to check out some more indie game releases. I have a shorter list than usual for the end of the month, but that just means more time to play some excellent games. I’m looking forward to giving all these games a try over the coming weeks. The Wild at Heart Website | Twitter Genre: Action-adventure, story-rich, puzzle Platforms: PC (Steam & Humble), Xbox (inc. Gamepass) Release date: 20th May Twelve-year-old master inventor Wake has run away from home and gotten lost in the forest. He’s sad and scared, and then a tiny creature appears to show him the way. Wake follows the Spriteling further into…

  • April new releases part two - Neocense

    April 2021 indie game releases – part 2

    A few days after posting my previous new releases post, I wondered whether I had made a mistake in splitting the indie game releases into two. The answer is a definite no! As predicted, more games announced their release for the end of the month that would have been missed if I had only done one post. So, let’s get to it! Here are the indie releases that snuck a release date into the second half of the month. Hitchhiker – A Mystery Game Website | Twitter Genre: Adventure, mystery, story-rich Platforms: PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, Playstation, Xbox, Apple Arcade Release date: 16th April A hitchhiker with no memory or destination. This…

  • 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…