Have you ever watched a post-apocalyptic movie or show and felt a spark of joy at nature slowly reclaiming vast cities? Well, Cloud Gardens might be perfect for you! It’s a chill game where you grow the plants that take over decaying urban dioramas. It’s a charming mix of sandbox toy, gardening sim, dystopian landscape builder, and puzzle game.
Cloud Gardens lets you engage in the freedom of sandbox mode with its lack of goals, or take on the multi-chapter campaign mode to complete tasks. Strike a balance between nature and manufactured by placing different items in the scene. The objects encourage plant growth, but each object needs to be covered in plant life before you can continue.
Once you’ve created beautiful landscapes, you can then download looping videos of them to commemorate your work and share it!
Lushfoil Photography Sim is a realistic photography game featuring true-to-life recreations of diverse locations around the world. You get to trek across the world and explore a variety of environments. Use your in-game camera to capture pictures of stunning vistas and lush landscapes. Complete objectives in each environment, as well as discover secrets.
Equipped with a professional DSLR camera, you’ll take the time to line up shots with the perfect angles and perspectives. Use a wide variety of settings such as auto/manual focus, flash, exposure, contrast, and more. While you explore Lushfoil Photography Sim, you’ll unlock other cameras and tools that will be useful for your adventure. Don’t be afraid to adventure off the beaten path, also. You never know what you’ll find!
Lushfoil Photography Sim is on Steam, but has no release date. However, you can add it to your Wishlist to keep an eye on it!
Alekon is another photography game, but with a magical whimsy to it. The Star Named EOS is also a photography game featuring an engaging first-person narrative.
REKA is the perfect addition to the witchy video game genre, but even more perfect because it has that dark, mysterious atmospheric feel to it. In it, you play as an apprentice witch to the legendary Baba Yaga. You’ll venture across a mystical landscape with your chicken-legged cottage companion to develop your magic, and help, or hinder, villagers you encounter
Start your new and enchanting journey by fully customizing your character with the REKA creator tools. Then, set out to explore a land of beautiful forests, moist swamps, and spread-out villages. Gather materials and other supplies for your potions and quests as you run around this beautiful procedurally generated world. Brew medicinal potions to help heal ailing villagers, or conjure up some nasty poisons to hinder them. You’ll also encounter different wild animals that you can tame and take home with you.
When you’re not being benevolent or causing chaos, take some time to practice your magical skills in the safety of your cottage, which follows you wherever you go. Make the cottage your personal sanctuary with furniture, decorations, and new crafting stations. REKA has complete placement freedom, making decorating your home easy and perfect for unleashing your creativity.
Coming Next Year
REKA comes out sometime in 2024, with no specific release date listed. However, it’ll be coming to Steam, where you can add it to your Wishlist to keep an eye on updates.
In Garden In, players will get to garden to their heart’s content. The objective of the game is to just grow a variety unique and beautiful plants. Pick from a variety of different pots, throw some soil in it, and plant a seed. Each plant will require different things in order to grow, like clay or rocky soil, but each one wants your time, love, and some care in order to grow and flourish.
You can also create hybrid plants. Take a larger hybridization pot, put in two compatible seeds, and see what you get! Try to discover all the different hybrid plants to fill out your herbarium. Plus, you’ll get to customize your plant rooms to fit your personal aesthetic and mood. You have control of the colors of the room, and the backgrounds can be changed, too. Arrange your plants, change the color palette, and set whatever mood you want for each room.
With no timelines and no quests or goals to complete, Garden In! is the perfect game for the casual gamer. It’s also a good game for the creatives looking to just relax.
Garden In! Will be available on Steam in about two weeks, on January 26th! You can add it to your wishlist to receive an email when it releases.
A Juggler’s Tale is an atmospheric 3D puzzle sidescroller set in a medieval puppet theater play. The game is currently in development by a team of indie developers made up of: Sven Bergmann, Steffen Oberle, Enzio Probst, Dominik Schön. The release date window is between late 2019 and early 2020 coming first to PC, and then PS4 and the Nintendo Switch.
This hauntingly beautiful and creepy art-style coupled with the story’s tragic tale reminds us of the movie Coraline. Alternatively, Coraline is turned into a ragdoll when stumbling upon the Other World. In A Juggler’s Tale, you’re trying to escape the life of a controlled puppet forced to perform! All the while you can hear the narrator explain Abby’s actions and the voice of the antagonist tempting you to return. Most of which is being recited in rhymes might we add. Although you must forge on and help Abby to navigate the dangers of the world, and free her from her strings (shackles)!
About A Juggler’s Tale
Play as the string puppet Abby as she flees from her captors into freedom and adventure: a world of beauty and wonder – but also danger! She finds herself in a war-torn, medieval fairytale, surrounded by ravaged, starving citizens and hunted by the relentless cut-throat, Tonda. Who can she trust? Can she avoid the traps and betrayal? Despite dangling from her threads, Abby learns that she can still influence her destiny – if only by winning over the audience. Help Abby navigate a traumatized, yet hauntingly beautiful world. Lead her forward through riddles and around traps, evade her pursuers and find – perhaps – freedom!
The Last Campfire is an upcoming indie adventure game that features an ember lost in a puzzling place. The game’s narrative follows the ember’s search for meaning whilst it attempts to get home.
The game, which is being developed and published by indie game studio Hello Games (creators of No Man’s Sky), will be available on Steam in 2019. An official release date and price for the game have not yet been announced.
About the game:
Discover a purpose
The Last Campfire is an adventure, a story of a lost ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home.
Go on a journey
Travel deeper into the lands beyond the dark forest and overcome the adversities before you.
Immerse yourself in an alluring environment
Discover beautiful wilderness filled with lost folk, strange creatures and mysterious ruins.
Light The Last Campfire
Find hope and carry it with you on your Journey to light The Last Campfire.
An awesome game from a small studio
A unique tale from Hello Games and the creative minds behind LostWinds.