• Veronica snooping in Overboard!

    Overboard! review

    Overboard! opens to Veronica Villensey and her husband, Malcolm, on a ship, looking out over the ocean. She exclaims there are dolphins in the distance and her husband eagerly looks for them and then, splash! She pushes him overboard. So, now that all remains is to ask, can you get away with murder? It’s time to find out! Gameplay Overboard! is an interactive fiction game released by Inkle. I previously played Pendragon, and the narrative style is similar, though Pendragon has a higher risk of death as you play through the grid-style game. In Overboard!, the biggest threat is time. You have eight hours until the ship lands and with…

  • 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…

  • Before We Leave island view

    Before We Leave review

    The Peeps have spent decades underground. It’s been so long that they forgot what it’s like to watch the sunset, hear the chirps of a bird and the rustle of leaves in the breeze. So they have decided it’s time to come back to the surface and build a civilisation once more. Before We Leave is a combat-free worldbuilder, but there are challenges with climate, technology and resources. Oh, and the space whales, of course! Start with an island, but strive for the stars and try to keep the environment in good shape. Gameplay Before We Leave is big, like giant big! Initially, it starts small. Your peeps are emerging…

  • Hundred Days winery

    Hundred Days – Winemaking Simulator review

    Ever dream of escaping life in a dead-end job and starting up your own winery? Hundred days allows us to travel to the gorgeous wine region of Alba, Italy, and get a crash course in winemaking. It turns out that winemaking is a cutthroat industry and our competitors aren’t happy that we’ve been given this land. Fortunately, we have some excellent mentors helping us, so we can (hopefully) make an excellent drop of wine and shake up the industry. Hundred Days is essentially the story of Yves Hohler, lead designer and co-founder of Broken Arms Games. As a child, his family moved to Italy to give winemaking a try. They…

  • April indie game release Hundred Days

    May 2021 indie game releases – part 1

    May is an excellent month for indie game releases. That means we’re splitting the releases into two again because that went pretty well in April. This month there is a nice spread of awesome games all through the month. Here are my picks to try for the first half of May: Hundred Days – Winemaking Simulator Website | Twitter Genre: Farming sim, simulation, management sim Platforms: PC (Steam) Release date: 13th May One hundred days. That’s the amount of time it takes for a vine leaf to complete its life cycle. Nurture it through the seasons, looking after your soil and prune to get the best drop of wine you can. Every…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • Excellent combat free games featuring Call of the Sea

    My favourite combat free games of 2020

    The year 2020 was a year like nothing most of us have experienced before, but indie devs persevered. There were heaps of excellent indie titles released in 2020, and many of them were combat free! It’s been fabulous to see the emergence of more and more combat free games. They’re usually also gorgeous to look at, with engaging stories and wonderful soundtracks. My list comprises my top 5 combat-free games for the year, but there are many more out there. So many that I didn’t get a chance even to try all the ones I wanted to. Interestingly, though, three of the five games I’ve chosen were released in December.…

  • Large airborne kingdom

    Airborne Kingdom review

    In times gone by, the airborne kingdom travelled to all the ground kingdoms bringing knowledge, culture and tradition. The airborne kingdom united all the kingdoms, and everyone lived in harmony, until one day it disappeared without a trace. Years went by, and slowly the kingdoms separated, and small settlements were nearly wiped out. Then one day the blueprints to the airborne kingdom were discovered in the tapestry with a prophecy to return to the skies! Airborne Kingdom is a gorgeous city builder where all the building happens in the air. The kingdom glides its way through the lands in hopes of reuniting the world once more. Gather resources, increase reputation…