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  • svgJun 11, 2022Indie Highlight

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    Make Friends, Mix potions, Cast Spells, Spend Time Witch Your Cat and Tend to Your Garden

    Kitori Academy has gone through many changes since we’ve last reported on it. During today’s Guerrilla Collective 3 and Future of Play Direct, the developers at Cubenary showcased a new trailer for their magical life simulator. Live the adventures of a wizard apprentice with your fluffy kitty spirit companion!

    In school you’ll attend your garden of vegetables, catch and collect spell-creatures, learn to brew powerful potions, and craft charms. Outside of the academy, you can discover secrets, catch bugs, fish, forage, and cook.

    Launching on Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in 2023

    You can Wishlist the game on Steam here. Schedule your school courses now, because we have a lot of spells to cast and potions to brew already with Witchbrook.

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  • svgJun 9, 2022Indie Highlight

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    New Ghost Bears and New Environments

    The first Cozy Grove is a game about camping on a haunted island with a real-time day/night cycle mechanic like Animal Crossing. As a Spirit Scout, you’ll wander the island’s forest each day, finding new hidden secrets and helping the local ghosts. Activities include: collecting spirit animals, crafting decorations, going fishing. The developers, Spry Fox, have just announced that they are currently working on Cozy Grove 2.

    With the sequel underway, that means there won’t be any more major updates for Cozy Grove. Although, you can read the rather extensive post-launch updates here, if you’re interested. So far, all we know is that the sequel will have “a bunch more new ghost bears, in new environments. And Flamey. And Scoutmaster Blake.”

    Cozy Grove 2 is in Early Development

    Cozy Grove 2 is still a ways away with an unofficial launch estimate of late 2023. For now, you can check out its predecessor on these platforms: PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Steam, and Epic Games.

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  • svgMay 19, 2022Indie Highlight

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    Collect Resources, Befriend the Wildlife, Craft, and Explore a Magical Deserted Island

    Ikonei Island: An Earthlock Adventure is a new game by creators Snowcastle Games. This title is inspired by Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley and will be set in the same universe as their previous Earlock RPGs!

    On a magical deserted island, you will come to discover ancient ruins, fight pirates, and explore several different biomes. For example, icy mountains, deserts, jungles, and swamps. By finding and rescuing the imprisoned magical creatures, you can bond with them and use their unique abilities to help you unlock new areas.

    When not out gathering resources and finding treasure, you can customize and decorate your own settlement. Build your home, create a field of crops, make workshops, and talk to the locals!

    Coming to Steam Early Access This Summer

    You can wishlist Ikonei Island: An Earthlock Adventure on Steam here. The developers plan to bring this exploration and action-adventure game to all consoles at a later date. *Updated: trailer with Open Beta June 17th, 2022 date*

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  • svgMay 6, 2022Indie Highlight

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    This month you can put on your witch’s hat, gather ingredients, and craft potions and spells!

    Little Witch in the Woods is an adorable pixel adventure RPG created by small indie studio SUNNY SIDE UP. We’ve been keeping a close eye on their progress, and now we finally have an official Steam Early Access launch date! Don’t worry if you don’t have a PC, last year Microsoft announced that Little Witch in the Woods will be coming to Xbox Game Pass as a “Day One” release!

    Play as an apprentice witch named Ellie and settle down in an enchanted forest! In Little Witch in the Woods, you can cast spells, craft potions, befriend creatures, fish, explore new areas, and find magical items! Seriously, anyone else super excited to look like Hermoine Granger and go catching some mandrakes?

    Steam Early Access Date is May 16th, 2022, and Xbox Game Pass in 2023

    The Steam Early Access Date is just around the corner so if you don’t want to miss it, you can Wishlist the game here. SUNNY SIDE UP have said that their intention is to have the full version of the game ready for release sometime in 2023. Presumably, that is when we’ll see the game on Xbox.

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  • svgApr 22, 2022Indie Highlight

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    Run a Forge, Farm, Trade with and Befriend Villagers, Discover the Spirit Realm

    In MeetLight, a 3D open-world simulation RPG, you play as Anna who has just suffered a personal tragedy. You go to Alaya’s Valley to heal both physically and spiritually, and become the town’s blacksmith in your uncle’s stead. When you’re not building or crafting, you can also farm, cook, and trade.

    There are many animals and villagers to befriend during the day, and even more locals to meet at night! At night, meet the inhabitants in the spirit world and discover the secrets of the universe. Moreover, undertake a spiritual journey that will have you reflecting on present-day out-of-body experiences.

    Coming to PC in 2023

    MeetLight and the Secrets of the Universe is created by two people, Kevin and Coralie. The game has a planned release date for the year 2023 with an upcoming Kickstarter Campaign. If you want to know when you can help support MeetLight, go here for notifications. To Wishlist the game on Steam, go here.

    For another relaxing game in a quiet landscape, check out SunnySide here.

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  • svgApr 19, 2022Indie Highlight

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    My Time at Portia’s Sequel Will Take You to a New Desert Community

    The developers have been hard at work since announcing My Time at Sandrock in 2020 with a new town, new characters, new construction options, new combat system, and even a multiplayer mode!

    Before launching into Early Access, many updates have been recently added such as new quests, new monsters, and new NPCs. The biggest one that caught my eye is the advanced workshop customization. Unlike its predecessor, when building your workshop in this game you can place doors and windows, and even the roof yourself! Furthermore, add lights and many other decorations to the interior and exterior.

    Available in Early Access May 26th, 2022

    My Time at Sandrock, developed by Pathea Games, will officially release on May 26th, 2022 in Early Access on Steam here and the Epic Games Store here at $24.99 US. If you’re a Kickstarter backer, you’ll have access to the closed Beta version very soon! There’s no news on the console versions as of yet but we’ll know more after the tests! If you want to try your hands at a demo, My Time at Sandrock will have a booth at the PAX East convention on April 21st-24th, 2022, so check that out here.

    Fan of both relaxing farming and engaging combat? If you’re interest in My Time at Sandrock, you should definitely check out Rune Factory 5 now!

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  • svgJan 21, 2020News

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    Mineko’s Night Market is an upcoming cat-themed crafting adventure game that celebrates Japanese culture and is essentially about friendship, choices, and of course, cats. The indie game is being developed by Meowza Games, and being published by Humble Bundle, who will also publish upcoming games Forager and Ikenfell. 

    The exact date for the games release is yet to be determined, though the creator mentioned that it may possibly be early this year.   I thought I’d provide everyone with a detailed article on everything we know about this cute cat-filled creation!

    What is the game about?

    Playing as Mineko, a girl who has moved to a superstitious fishing town inundated with cats, you will uncover secrets whilst assiting Mineko in becoming a successful young entrepreneur. This can be done by completing tasks, undertaking quests and gathering resources in preparation for the weekly night market.

    Players can craft a variety of odd items, toys, and trinkets, which can then be sold to townsfolk (who are now your customers) at Mineko’s night market stall. After you’ve finished selling your items, you can explore the Night Market yourself, where you can play mini-games, eat unusual foods, and purchase collectibles.

    The game allows you to explore distant lands by unlocking different types of transport (which include buses, bullet trains and cat carts). Each land offers new people to meet and unique things to do, dependent on the time of day and season.

    There are 16 uniquely themed markets every year which all feature a stage event that you can partake in. Examples of events include Taiko drumming, karaoke competitions, sumo suit wrestling, and more!

    The better you perform at the market, the bigger and better the market will become, which may well attract new townsfolk and even celebrity guests! 

    What sort of stuff can I do in the game?

    Some features of the game include:

    • Explore the village and surrounding areas to find rare resources and make new friends
    • Craft peculiar items with the resources you find around the world
    • Barter with townsfolk at the weekly Night Market to sell your creations
    • Explore the night Market to discover unusual culinary dlights and collectibles
    • Play and compete in a variety of Night Market games like cat racing, 
      pachinko, and whack-a-tako
    • Uncover the mysteries of the Sun-Cat Abe and Mount Fugu Island!

    How much will it cost?

    The price of the game is still TBA.

    What platforms will it be released on?

    • PC 
    • Mac
    • Nintendo Switch

    When will it be released?

    The Nintendo website claims that the game is ‘coming early 2019’ to the Switch console. As the PC and Mac versions were in the works first.  However it was delayed until 2020 with no concrete release date, however let’s hope we can all play the game this year!

    Is there any game merchandise available to buy?

    Yes! The following items can be purchased whilst you (im)patiently await the game’s release:

    I sat down with Brent, developer behind the game for an exclusive interview last year. For some more sneaky details on Mineko’s Night Market, make sure you check out the interview here

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  • svgDec 21, 2019News

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    For those of you that have been following along on Re:Legend’s progress, a cooperative JRPG simulation game by Magnus Games, this will probably be the most important news and update of all! I’ve been playing the game since its release on Steam Early Access in late August and have been enjoying the quests, but it was taking me a bit of time to get accustomed to the controls and to play around with everything the game has to offer from farming, crafting, fishing, taming Magnus, and more!

    In With the New, Out With the Old

    With update 16.0 available now, it brings much needed bug fixes and a large overhaul of the multiplayer feature. It also brings brand new and exciting content with a side of very bad news for early players. So let’s get that bad news out of the way right now; everyone’s save files have been wiped and we’re all starting from scratch. This is what the developers had to say on that matter: “We understand the frustration of the save wipe, but with the full rework of many systems in the game, the old save files were hard to recover.”

    The Everdust Desert

    With that said, new players will probably have a much better experience with more polish and rework to the game, and interactive tutorials. In this new major content update, we’ll be getting new items, new recipes, new armor, new quests, new NPCs, and much more! The largest focus is on the new biome; The Everdust Desert. This whole new Desert biome will have more than 30 maps and quests to explore, and 30 new tamable Magnus too.

    Season’s Greetings Magnus Tamers

    As for festivals and events, we got a limited time pop-up island for Halloween, now we’ll be getting one for this holiday season as well. What we know so far is that we’ll be able to explore a frozen landscape with new Magnus, and old ones with a new festive look, as well as some seasonal decorations. We can see in the trailer above that the new festival may coincide with this new island event because, in Japan, lighting up floating lanterns and placing them in the water is celebrated during the fall and sometimes also during New Year’s to guide the spirits of their ancestors and ward off evil. Perhaps I’ll take part and say goodbye to my previous avatar.

    I’d like to hear from you what you think about all of these changes for Re:Legend and if you’ll be playing during the holidays. The developers have mentioned that they have taken steps to safeguard save files for the future so it should be fine to fully dive into the game now! You can even get Re:Legend at 15% off here, as part of Steam’s Winter Sale.

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