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  • svgNov 2, 2022Indie Highlight

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    Repair and Clean the Post-Apocalyptic World

    If you’re a gamer who loves to kick back and relax with fun cleaning games like Powerwash Simulator or even enjoy the cleaning portions of No Place Like Home, then this game is for you. From Chicken Launcher, who are the developers of No Place Like Home, comes Fresh Start Cleaning Simulator.

    Set in a post-apocalyptic world that’s covered in trash and failing wildlife, it’s up to you to help. In this single-player FPS, you’ll run around the world with one tool at your disposal. It’s a curious combination of vacuum cleaner and water hose. As you travel around the world, wash away piles of mud and suck up mountains of trash. You can also water the dried up plants you find to help restore them to their former beauty. Water the sprouts, too, to see them bloom!

    In Fresh Start Cleaning Simulator, you’ll also discover a variety of characters whom you can help. Bring them comfort and happiness through completing requests they may have. Sometimes you’ll find it necessary to find missing parts to abandoned machines to get them running again. These items haven’t been used in ages, and may need cables to be reattached or missing items to be put back.

    This game looks like Chicken Launcher took No Place Like Home and removed almost everything but the cleaning aspect. Fresh Start Cleaning Simulator has the same cutesy, but pretty graphics and takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. This game would be perfect for those who like cleaning games without the farming aspect that No Place Like Home has!

    Early Access Available Now

    Fresh Start Cleaning Simulator is available for Early Access on Steam.

    If you haven’t seen it yet, Unpacking is another great, relaxing cleaning/organizational game.

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  • svgOct 28, 2022News

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    I don’t know about anyone else, but Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I especially love the cuter side of things. And what’s better to help get into that Halloween spirit than playing Halloween games? Below are some cute games I’ve discovered.

    Cat Saves Halloween

    It’s Halloween and the monsters are attacking the town. Luckily, there’s one person, or cat, standing between the monsters and innocent townspeople. You! Play as a magical cat who is tasked with saving the town from the monsters. Don’t worry, though, you aren’t a simple house cat. You’re a magical cat. So, use a variety of cat powers to go toe-to-toe with the monsters to save the day. Running, jumping, sleeping, hairballs, controlling people, and casting magic can all help you in some way.

    Explore a large, interactive open-world map. Complete quests and side quests you get from various NPCs. Gain new powers in your exploration and fight the monsters. Or, if you’re not keen on saving the day, go cause chaos while the townspeople are distracted!

    Available on Steam.

    Little Nightmares II

    Return to a world of charming horror in Little Nightmares 2. Again you’ll play as Mono, a little boy trapped in a world that’s been distorted by the humming transmission of a tower. With Six, a little girl wearing a yellow raincoat, Mono sets out to investigate the secrets of the Transmission Tower. It won’t be easy, though. Both Mono and Six will face some new challenges from the residents of this spooky world. 

    Available here for Steam, PS 4 and 5, Xbox One and X|S Series, and Nintendo Switch.

    Escape Simulator

    Next on the Halloween Games list is Escape Simulator! This is a first person puzzle game that you can play solo, or in online co-op. You explore different escape rooms that grow in difficulty and complexity. As you advance, there will be more furniture to move around, more pots to smash, and more locks to break! There are 23 rooms for you to explore and escape, with community-made rooms also available to play. 

    Why this makes the Halloween list, though, is because developers Pine Studio created a special, eerie escape room level to celebrate Halloween! Players can now explore a creepy graveyard, and of course, try to escape from it. With a special new soundtrack and the new ability to customize your outfit so you can dress-up in costume, it’s bound to be a spooky good time. 

    Available on Steam.

    Haunt the House: Terrortown

    In this brightly colored side-scrolling puzzle game, you play as a ghost who is going haunting the townspeople. Leave the dusty, abandoned clock tower behind to float through town and cause chaos. Possess objects to scare people away from the museum, the hospital, the theatre, and the cruise ship. The game features a plethora of townsfolk to haunt, and hundreds of different items to possess each with different powers to try. Also available are three free expansions. Scare everyone and try to reclaim what’s been lost all in one night!

    Available here for Steam, PC and Mac, Google Play, and the Apple App store.

    Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Stardew Valley

    Ok, so this is a two-for-one special, but they’re tried and true games that really embody the Halloween vibes many of us are looking for. While players can’t do a ton, Stardew Valley’s Spirit’s Eve sets an incredible Halloween mood with its cute and creepy, but simple hedge maze and chill atmosphere. You get to talk to the townsfolk and enjoy the mood without the pressure of completing any games for special prizes or solving quests.

    Animal Crossing: New Horizons, on the other hand, is perfect for those of us who enjoy creating our own designs and settings. From spooky cute to scary and creepy, the towns users have designed have been incredible. Players can use skins and eye colors for their players, a variety of costumes are available to wear, plus Halloween themed items can be used to create your Halloween wonderland. It’s hard not to get excited for the season when you can decorate and wear costumes to your heart’s content!

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  • svgOct 26, 2022News

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    The humans hide, the monsters seek!

    A perfect game to get into the Halloween spirit, Obakeidoro! is playable by up to four players and has online or offline capabilities. So, grab your friends and play a spooky game of cat and mouse, and keep away from the monster.

    The humans have three minutes to organize themselves, work together to escape the monsters, and run! Get captured, and you’re put into a locked cage. Your fellow humans must then push two buttons to release you. But be careful! If all humans are captured, they lose! However, the humans aren’t only limited to running. Each one carries a lantern that can be used to shine a bright light on a monster as it closes in. The light temporarily stuns the monsters, giving the humans more time to run and hide.

    Obakeidoro! Isn’t limited to playing as humans, though. One player can also play as the monster! As the monster, use your skills to capture the humans and throw them in the locked cage. Remember, if you capture all humans, you win! Float through obstacles like walls and trees to get at the humans easier. Or even use the Track skill to find them. 

    As you progress through the different levels of the game, players can unlock different lanterns they can then buy and use. Some even have special skills to help the humans avoid the monsters. You can also unlock different monsters to face off against, who also have different and new skills to use against the humans. 

    Free to Play for a limited time through Trials for Nintendo Switch Online members 

    Obakeidoro! Was originally released August 29, 2019, but right now it’s free to play for Nintendo Switch Online members through the Trials program. From Today, October 26th, 2022 to November 1st, the game is free to play. And there’s a handy little timer countdown on the game icon to keep up with how long it has left! Otherwise, you can buy the game on the Nintendo Switch shop

    For other cute games good for Halloween, check out our list here, Love, Ghostie for a ghostly good time, or even Beacon Pines for more of the creepy, mysterious vibe.

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  • svgOct 25, 2022Indie Highlight

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    Create Your Own Adventure

    In Kokopa’s Atlas, play as clumsy little Kokopa, who fancies himself a galactic hero. He has crash landed on a mysterious new undocumented planet. Now, he’s stuck on this new planet and must create a new life for himself. Join Kokopa on his journey to explore this brand new planet and build himself a home and life.

    The good news is Kokopa isn’t alone! As you explore, you’ll come across settlements with different NPCs to interact with. Plus, there are different kinds of creatures in the wilderness who interact with each other. Just be careful as some are aggressive! Also keep an eye out for other intergalactic troubles like space pirates. Can you keep your new home safe from all the threats this new planet has?

    Spend your days in Kokopa’s Atlas however you want. Explore the wilds of the new planet and discover its secrets. Run quests for the various NPCs you may encounter. Craft yourself some new tools to use in your garden or adventures. Or even spend the day planning, plotting your homestead, and tending your garden. How you complete each game day is entirely up to you. 

    You’ll also have a biodroid assistant named Pollimero. The droid’s most useful and most powerful tool is the Scan-o-tron. When Kokopa activates it, a shortwave radar emits and picks up on terrain, resources, and even enemies. Little Pollimero will be one of Kokopa’s greatest assets when exploring this uncharted new world! 

    Coming Soon!

    Unfortunately, adorable Kokopa’s Atlas has no release date yet. It’s merely listed as “coming soon”, though you can add it to your Steam wishlist! In the meantime, check out one of the WIP videos from creator Rafael Martín a.k.a. HyperMegaPixel.

    And of course, for more farming fun, check out Voltaire: The Vegan Vampire, Ooblets, or Monster Harvest.

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  • svgOct 19, 2022Indie Highlight

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    Complete Puzzles, Solve Mysteries, and Play Mini-Games

    Lost in Play is crafted to look similar to many of the popular cartoons of the last decade, like Gravity Falls, Hilda, and Over the Garden Wall. Go on a nostalgic trip and relive that childhood imagination. Explore old ruins, fly through the sky on a giant stork, and even lead a rebellion in a goblin village.

    Get lost in the child-like wonder and imaginations of Gal and Toto on an adventure. Explore fantastical dreamscapes and make friends with the magical creatures. Lost in their imagination, the brother and sister team must stick together to solve the various puzzles and mysteries they come across in their journey until they find their way back home.

    While you explore the dream-like world of Lost in Play wrapped up in a modern point-and-click adventure, you’ll encounter plenty of fantastical creatures and puzzles. Help a team of frogs pull a sword from a stone. Collect the pieces to build a flying machine. Even challenge a pirate seagull to a game of clicking crabs.

    Perhaps one of the best parts of this game is that it’s entirely family friendly. So, if you’re looking for a game to get the kids in on, this is a good one to give a chance. There’s also no dialogue. Everything is communicated visually, making it easier to play with your young ones too!

    Out Now!

    Lost in Play is out now for Steam, Nintendo Switch, and Gog.com.

    For another casual and relaxing game, check out A Little to the Left.

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  • svgOct 19, 2022Indie Highlight

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    Go Rescue Your Parents to Prove You’re a Capable Adventurer

    In Frogun, play as Renata, a young girl whose parents are world-famous explorers, archaeologists, and inventors! Usually her parents take her on their adventures to uncover the secrets of the past, but not this time. Instead, poor Renata is left at base camp while her parents enter the Beelzebub Ruins. The ruins are just too dangerous for young Renata. 

    However, Renata is left alone, bored and upset, for three days before she realizes perhaps her parents are in trouble. She makes up her mind to go search for them, and grabs their last invention, the Frogun. Not only will she rescue them, but she’ll show them she’s just as capable an adventurer as them!

    Frogun has quite a bit of features to look forward to, also. You’ll explore different colorful levels, from ruins, to snow and lava. Use the trusty Frogun to solve environmental puzzles to explore the area. Pull levers, press buttons, outwit traps, and fight cute enemies. You’ll even be able to race Renata’s rival and fight bosses. Discover secret areas and shortcuts through the levels with your grappling skills.

    Meanwhile, collect various emblems by meeting certain level requirements, discover the stories of other adventurers through found diary pages, and turn in the coins you collect to the Mad Hatter in exchange for fun hats, bestiary pages, game art, and other stuff. You’ll even find a photo mode to take cute pictures in, and you can even unlock 2-player duel arenas to challenge friends in!

    Out Now on Several Platforms

    Find Frogun on the Epic Games store, Gog.com, Playstation 4 & 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Series X, and Steam.

    For a really cute platformer, checkout Tamarin.

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  • svgOct 18, 2022Indie Highlight

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    A Story-rich Mystery Adventure

    With Halloween fast approaching, I felt it appropriate to share Beacon Pines with all of you. It’s a cute and creepy adventure game set inside a mysterious book. As Hiding Spot Games puts it, “it’s Winnie-the-Pooh meets Twin Peaks”.

    You’ll play as both the reader and Luka, the main character of the story. There is something weird happening at the local warehouse, but no one except Luka and his friends seems to take notice. Sneak out of the house late at night, meet new friends, and explore town to solve the mysteries of Beacon Pines.

    While you adventure and investigate the mysteries of Beacon Pines, you’ll encounter special golden charms. Each charm has a single word engraved on it, and you’ll use these words to fill in the blanks of parts of the story. You may even drastically change the events of the story, depending on which words you use. 

    As the reader of the book, you’ll use the Chronicle to navigate the turning points of the story where words are missing. The Chronicle is an interactive story tree that grows as you progress in the story. Experiencing one piece of the story will unlock new charms for other parts of the story. So, you’ll spend your time bouncing around from story part to story part to get the whole picture of Beacon Pines.

    Out Now!

    Beacon Pines is out now on Nintendo Switch, Steam, Itch.io, and Xbox.

    Check out our previous article on other Halloween games you could play to get in the spooky (but cute!) mood.

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  • svgOct 18, 2022Indie Highlight

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    With Halloween quickly approaching, I think this is another lovely game to get into the Halloween spirit. Featuring beautiful art with a vibrant, but dim ambience, Strange Horticulture is another gorgeous game with a slightly spooky feel to it.

    Run a Plant Store and Solve Puzzles

    Welcome to Strange Horticulture, your very own plant store where you are the owner! You’re a horticulturist living in the peculiar town of Undermere surrounded by mountains and forests full of hags. As you meet the distinctive and varied cast of local customers, you’re quickly thrown into the weird and occult mysteries of Undermere.

    Spend your days exploring the lands surrounding your mysterious little town, but be sure to take care of where you journey. Not everywhere is safe! Discover clues and determine which places are safe and which places you ought to avoid. And who knows, you may gain powers you’d never dreamed of, or lose your mind. Tread carefully.

    While you search for plants to sell in Strange Horticulture, you’ll learn more and more about their uses. You’ll be able to consult your trusty encyclopedia and any clues you discover while exploring to learn about the plants you encounter. Identifying each plant opens up the possibility of using it and its special effects to influence the story. Make hallucinogens or even poisons to use to advance the story and see what mysteries you can solve. 

    Out Now!

    Strange Horticulture is available now on Steam, Epic Games, Gog.com, and Nintendo Switch.

    For another slightly spooky option, take a look at Critter Crops.

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