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  • svgDec 15, 2019Indie Highlight

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    Folkloria is a cute adventure indie game steeped in lore, currently in the works.

    For all you mythology buffs out there, there is a new RPG game in the works that is full of creatures of myth. Folkloria is an indie game with charmingly colorful graphics and a rich story to guide you. You will play as and meet many different whimsical anthropomorphic animals and beasts.

    Folkloria

    In Folkloria, you play as a young and brave Griffon named Weaver. You are from the floating lands in the sky that are inhabited by mythological creatures. You are on a mission to save the land from Dr. Zeralidius, a business man from the civilized world with plans to modernize your world.

    You will meet many a friend and foe on your journey. The light combat is experienced through turn based battles, which will help you earn experience to progress through the game. The developer mentioned being influenced by the simplistic yet immersive styles of old school RPG’s like Paper Mario.

    Folkloria

    For more information on Folkloria, you can follow the developer on Twitter! For more games like Folkloria, you can check out my coverage of Scrap Story!

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  • svgDec 7, 2019Indie Highlight

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    As the last mama fox on Earth, you must find a safe place from the humans to protect your cubs in Endling.

    Endling

    In a world that has been ravaged by environmental disaster due to human irresponsibility, it is up to you to find a safe place to protect yourself and your cubs. You are the last surviving mama fox in the world, and you must stop at nothing to ensure the survival of your race. Endling is an emotional and heartfelt journey that tackles the issue of humanities negative effects on the natural world.

    A bit about Endling..

    Your job as mother is to protect your cubs to the best of your abilities while ensuring your own survival on this perilous journey. Be sure to stay fed, and to feed your little ones when needed. Use the cover of night to progress through the dilapidated and dangerous environments, in effort to finally find a safe place from the humans, ensuring the survival of your race. Endling is an eco-conscious 3D side-scrolling game currently in development.

    Endling

    Makers on a mission..

    It is a wonderful thing when game developers use their powers to effect true change in the world. Even if it something as simple as helping some of our other four legged friends find homes, like in To The Rescue. Promoting awareness about a certain issue is always a great step in the right direction. And if there is one thing that we have learned about the gaming community over the years, it’s that we are strong and have the power to make the great changes necessary to help point this world in the right direction, if we so choose.

    Endling wishes to do just that with its intense message experienced through the eyes of such amazing and majestic creatures. Developers Herobeat Studios intend to release on all platforms to ensure that their powerful message is felt by as many as possible. The release window is still a ways out, and is currently set for 2021. As usual, this is to ensure that as much love and care goes into the game as necessary.

    Find out more..

    If you wish to learn more about this most-wholesome of games, then be sure to check out Herobeat Studios website. Also, you can always get up-to-date information on the game by following the developers on Twitter.

    Endling Official Teaser Trailer

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  • svgDec 5, 2019Indie Highlight

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    Spirit of the North is a 3D adventure game about discovery and companionship. The developers, Infuse Studio, mention how they were inspired by the landscapes of Iceland, and Nordic folklore. Solve various puzzles and examine the ruins of an ancient civilization. You can buy it here on PSN for $24.99 and enjoy running freely on snow-covered mountaintops this holiday season!

    About Spirit of the North

    Play as an ordinary red fox whose story becomes entwined with the guardian of the Northern Lights, a female spirit fox. As you journey over the mountains and under red-stained skies you’ll discover more about your companion and a land left in ruin.

    You can follow the developers on their Twitter page here for more information. For a similar breathtaking experience and story-rich game, check out my review here: Lost Ember: A Beautifully Heartbreaking Exploration of Forgiveness.

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  • svgDec 4, 2019Feature

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    The independent game community is quite a strong one, and has produced many games available for Switch!

    Maybe the best thing about an indie game is that you know whoever made it really cared about what they were making. A true passion for one’s work tends to show in the final product. This much cannot always be said for some of the bigger games out there, that take many people to create. Many times, indies are even made by a single person with a drive to share a part of themselves with the world.

    If you also happen to always be on the lookout for a good indie game that you can play on the Nintendo Switch, here is a list of the ones that I personally like and are available now. I like to keep track of the news on upcoming indies, like Calico and Mineko’s Night Market, as you know. But knowing about games coming soon is never as fun as finding out about some hidden treasures you may not know about that you can play immediately.

    Baba Is You

    Baba Is You is cute little puzzle game that uses word combinations to solve puzzles and proceed through the world. In the game, you will use your character to move different parts of sentences to change the world around you. You can sometimes even change the goal you have to achieve simply by moving the right words to the right place. The game has a very simple yet cute feel, and costs only $15.00 through the Nintendo eShop.

    Untitled Goose Game

    With the exploding popularity of this title, it might come as a surprise to some that Untitled Goose Game is actually an independently made game. Developed by House House and published by Panic, Goose Game hit huge with the gaming community for its whimsical and hilarious theme. Take on the role of goose that is determined to break the world to pieces with simple shenanigans. You can try out this indie hit for yourself now for just $19.99 through the Nintendo eShop.

    More info here!

    The Touryst

    You are just arriving at the Monument Islands. Want to go swimming? Or rather take a dive into the deep sea? Or do you want to visit the amusement arcade, do some shopping, dance at the beach party? Fancy some surfing? Or will you talk with the strange old tourist and listen what he has to say about these ancient mysterious monuments…This action/adventure arcade puzzler developed by Shin’en Multimedia is available now for only $19.99 in the Nintendo eShop.

    Kine

    Kine is a 3D narrative puzzle game about three daring machines that aspire to be musicians. Embark across a theatrical dreamscape by solving a wide variety of increasingly difficult 3D puzzles. Guide Euler, Quat, and Roo as they struggle to form a band and find their big break! Kine is developed by Gwen Frey, published by Chump Squad, and is available for only $19.99.

    Overcooked 2

    The Overcooked games are pretty well known at this point. Dash around the hectic kitchens to prepare all manner of insane and intricate dishes. Play solo or with friends in an attempt to not be overcome by demand, and “overcook” all of your dishes. Overcooked 2 is currently available on the Nintendo Switch and costs $24.99. A bit more pricey than the rest of the Indies, but rest assured that much TLC has gone into making this game as fun and whacky as possible.

    More info here!

    Stardew Valley

    Everyone who is anyone knows about Stardew Valley. The epic life-sim game took the world by storm and already has had some-likes spawn in its wake. Live the life you want and build the farm of your dreams in Stardew Valley. With so many wonderful updates to the game, and always more to come, Stardew is one that will be played through the ages. You can try this amazing title for yourself on the Switch for just $14.99.

    More info here!

    Cuphead

    Cuphead has been reputed as an adventure certainly worth your time and money, especially with a price tag of currently only $14.99. Cuphead is a hand-drawn run n’ gun game with heavy focus on boss battles. The game is designed in the old-school 1930’s rubber hose animation style, and even includes some classic jazz to keep the tempo matching the art. To get your hands on this whimsical title, simply visit the Nintendo store now.

    More info here!

    Golf Story

    Golf Story is an uber-cute and silly golfing simulator that combines the relaxation of golfing with the stress of crushing defeat looming in the shadows. Take pride in driving that little white ball all across the eight unique environments , cleverly designed to simultaneously inspire joy and rage! Enjoy going head-to-head with your friends in varied and select-able modes, difficulties and maps. Golf Story is available through the Nintendo eShop for $14.99.

    More info here!

    Night In The Woods

    Night in the Woods is an autumnal themed indie adventure game. Highly relatable to many, the game shows the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. After the protagonist, Mae Borowski, drops out of college and returns to her hometown, she finds things as gloomy and hopeless as ever. But this time there’s something more. Strange and eery occurrences are happening. And there’s something in the woods. This charming game with beautiful music can be purchased for only $13.99 on the Switch eShop.

    More info here!

    Moonlighter

    During an archeological excavation – a set of Gates were discovered. People quickly realized that these ancient passages lead to different realms and dimensions. Rynoka, a small commercial village, was found near the excavation site – providing brave and reckless adventurers with treasures beyond measure. Moonlighter is an Action RPG with rogue-lite elements that demonstrates two sides of the coin – revealing everyday routines of Will, an adventurous shopkeeper that secretly dreams of becoming a hero. Try out Moonlighter now for the Switch for just $12.49!!

    More info here!

    Ittle Dew

    tItle Dew takes the player through a vibrant journey of discovery and engaging puzzles. You will play as Ittle Dew and her adorable sidekick Tipssie who end up on a remote island filled with loot and an endless amount of mysterious adventures. Ittle Dew is an adorable and action packed indie game that you can try now for just $9.99, a great deal on such a wonderful “ittle” game.

    More info here!

    These are currently my favorite indie titles available for the Switch, but I’m always keeping my eye out for new ones releasing on this super-awesome console.

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  • svgNov 13, 2019Indie Highlight

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    The kooky 2D adventure/sim-life game Village Monsters is now available to be downloaded on Steam.

    As you know, I have been keeping an eye on Village Monsters for some time now. It is a relaxing and whimsical adventure game developed by sole creator, Josh Bossie. Take on the role of the last man living in a world inhabited by monsters. With everything that you’d expect from a good life-sim game, with a monstrous twist, Village Monsters is one adventure that you won’t want to miss out on.

    Village Monsters

    Features List

    • Befriend dozens of whimsical monsters, each with their own quirky personalities, interests, and problems to solve.
    • Pursue many interesting hobbies that let you hunt for treasure, collect and train creatures, cultivate mushroom gardens, and catch legendary fish.
    • Buy a fixer-upper and sink your entire life savings into it to make it your very own comfy-cozy homestead.
    • Engage in a variety of daily tasks and activities like earning money with a part time job, joining in village events and holidays, going on adventures – or just hanging out with your monster pals and watching some TV.
    • Unravel unique personal stories as you build friendships and learn the history (and secrets) of the village and its inhabitants.
    • Explore vast and strange areas outside the village ranging from vibrant forests, arctic deserts, fog-choked valleys, and the ruins of a best-forgotten empire.
    • Immerse yourself in a truly simulated world that boasts shifting weather patterns, sweeping seasonal changes, and interesting system interactions.
    • Harness the glitches of a run-down game and use them to empower your skills and fix this neglected world.

    Village Monsters Trailer

    For more information about Village Monsters, as well as the chance to purchase the game, check it out on Steam. Tune in on Twitter and Discord if you’d like updates on the games progress, as it is currently in early access.

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  • svgNov 11, 2019Indie Highlight

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    Wild Child is a cute and relaxing 3D RPG game currently in the works by the team at Mijugames.

    Wild Child

    The games starts with some very relaxing music, and an environment that inspires the desire to explore. Upon taking your first steps, you can already tell that you are set on a curious and whimsical adventure, with much to see and do. You play as a curious, young red-headed girl who is beset on befriending all the local wildlife. This happy heroine with an abundance of pheomelanin is ready to become on with nature, and it is up to us to help her do it.

    To make friends on this expansive island, one must simply gather the materials required to make each animal happy. It is a very simple process that is as relaxing as it is rewarding. The little heart that pops up lets you know that you’ve made an adorable new friend, and may go about the process of wooing others.

    Wild Child

    The gameplay is lacking a little bit of fluidity in movement, which is to be expected from an early build. This did not prevent me from enjoying my time looking around the island for things to interact with. The developers mention adding new features and other things to make the game funnier and more immersive. I definitely see a lot of potential here for a great zen exploration game.

    The game is currently available to play in its early stages, and you can check it out for yourself on itch.io. For up to date information on changes and additions to Wild Child, be sure to follow the developers on Twitter. For more games that feature a mutation of the MC1R gene, check out my coverage of Ayo The Clown!

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  • svgNov 9, 2019Indie Highlight

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    Neon Noodles is a simulation and management game created by Vivid Helix. Much like Automachef, you’ll need to put together an efficient food factory, with a cyberpunk atmosphere, so that your robot chefs can get to work! Neon Noodles will be available on Steam Early Access here on November 29th, 2019. Furthermore, you can try out the free demo/open beta on Steam (Windows only) and expect regular updates to the game!

    About Neon Noodles

    Set in a dark and mysterious cyberpunk world, you are put in charge of the futuristic food factory known as Neon Noodles. Inspired by the open-ended machine-building puzzle games of Zachtronics such as Opus Magnum and Infinifactory, you design and build your own fully automated kitchen to prepare meals using robot chefs. Guacamole, bibimbap, ramen, spaetzle, paella and many more recipes are waiting for you to be optimized.

    Key Features

    • Automate your robot chefs through an intuitive replay and record system where you control the robot that creates the program, then edit it later if needed.
    • Customize your cooking loops to be as simple, elaborate or streamlined as you want and compare your wits with other players around the world on the global leaderboards
    • Solve endlessly replayable open-ended puzzles with over 100 recipes from around the world consisting of 200 unique ingredients.
    • Travel the world and master the art of cooking through technological advancement in a cyberpunk setting filled with mysteries.

    It seems that the developers are planning to bring Neon Noodles to consoles, release TBD. You can check out those details, and more, on their official website here.

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  • svgNov 9, 2019Indie Highlight

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    Little Big Workshop is an adorable simulation and strategy game developed by Mirage Game Studios and Published by HandyGames (THQ Nordic division). The game released on October 17th, 2019 on Steam which you can purchase here, for PC or Mac, for only $19.99! Manage your workers, stations, machines, and create awesome toys and items to expand your factory. Moreover, it’s almost as if you get to manage little workshop elves, Santa’s helpers, which makes this the perfect game to play this holiday season!

    About Little Big Workshop

    Imagine a magical factory, appearing right in your living room. A carefully planned masterpiece, where diligent workers throw together anything customers want. Rubber ducks and dressers, drones and electric guitars, scooters and other wonderful goods can be created from many different materials and sold for hard cash – cash you invest right back into your factory to get more machines, more workers and grow your business. In Little Big Workshop you become a factory tycoon!

    Real Factories – Made FUN

    You are the Big Boss and it’s time to take charge of your very own tabletop factory. Organize the factory floor, manage your workers, purchase machinery, and design efficient production lines – all within the time-limit and to your client’s satisfaction!

    An Open-Ended Sandbox-Experience

    Take it easy, it’s a sandbox-experience where you think, ponder and poke at things until you get it to work the way you’d like. Supply products to clients and an ever-changing market, as you produce over 50 unique product types, built from multiple parts and pieces – all of which can be created with different materials and production methods. No two factories should ever look the same.

    Tiny Hands, Big Dreams

    Start out with just a small workshop and expand to a desk-filling factory. Unlock ever fancier machines, add even more production methods, and most of all, more room. Soon enough you’ll be running multiple production lines, producing hundreds of advanced products each day, and watching with joy as your cute workers do the actual work.

    Key Features

    • Four unique industries fully simulated
    • Focus on practical problems, not on values, economics, or logistics
    • Organize all steps of the production on a blueprint
    • Factories grow as you unlock more desk space
    • Day/Night-cycle with simulated working time
    • Take care of your workers! Work them too hard and they may turn on you
    • Cute model-town art-style

    In the mood for more holiday shopping? Check out my article here: Nintendo Switch Perfect Gift Guide.

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