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  • svgJun 9, 2022Indie Highlight

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    Sort, Stack, and Organize Things Into Just the Right Spot

    Another wonderful indie game was showcased at Day of the Devs just now, and it will entice people who love cleanliness, organization, and having things in their home placed just right. Especially those of you that have played and enjoyed Unpacking. With A Little to the Left, you’ll be tidying up the things that you own for that sense of satisfaction.

    This game has over 75 unique logical puzzles. Your tasks will consist of: sorting and stacking receipts, placing books in alphabetical and sizing order, colour-coordinating notepads, etc. There will be the occasional pesky cat getting in your way and messing things up. However, cat lovers should be used to that kind of nonsense.

    Releasing in 2022 on PC

    A Little to the Left is developed by Max Inferno and published by Secret Mode. It will launch sometime in 2022 on Steam and itch.io. Both sites now have a limited free demo that you can try out now!

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  • svgDec 3, 2019News

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    Toripon, created by Victoria Smith, is a low-poly and pixel bird photography game releasing on itch.io here in only 2 days! On December 5th, 2019 you’ll be able to discover several types of birds around your fancy apartment and capture adorable moments of birds just being silly birds. Catch some birds partying to some tunes, playing around with household items, or getting into trouble, and share it with the world.

    About Toripon

    Take photos of cute birds doing cute things, and make people happy on the internet! Explore a surprisingly spacious inner-city apartment filled with far too many pet birds doing their own silly things. Take photos and share them with your internet friends to spread the love around. The more bird pictures you post, the more your follower count will go up! Just like real life! Unlock new birds by taking the right pictures and try to find them all…

    Key Features

    • Over 40 types of birds to discover
    • Relaxing, no-pressure gameplay
    • A colourful, delightful apartment to explore
    • Learn some mildly interesting bird facts
    • Cutting edge pixel graphics for maximum cuteness
    • Share all your photos on a completely unrealistic social media simulation
    • Share your best photos on Twitter directly from the game
    • Optional pixellation toggle for easier viewing

    Once you’ve taken millions of photographs of the cutest birbs, may I suggest looking forward to also taking pictures of doggos and puppers in Pupperazzi? There could never be enough games where you take pictures of little precious sweet baby animals.

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  • svgNov 30, 2019News

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    Black Friday sales are still on until this Monday (December 3rd, 2019) and I haven’t forgotten about these other digital distribution platforms for PC gamers! Most of these wholesome games overlap into the other storefronts and are also on sale but I decided to go with the top featured indies from each site. Of course, they have also all been approved by this stud. I mean spud. All sales range from 20% off to 70% off so if you were keeping an eye on any of these, now’s the perfect time to go for it!

    GOG Sales

    Trüberbrook

    Trüberbrook, a mystery adventure game, is set in rural Germany in the late 1960s. Play as an American physicist, Hans Tannhauser, and discover why your dissertation on quantum physics notes have been stolen! You can get it here at 25% off.

    GRIS

    GRIS is a serene and evocative experience, free of danger, frustration or death. Players will explore a meticulously designed world brought to life with delicate art, detailed animation, and an elegant original score. Through the game light puzzles, platforming sequences, and optional skill-based challenges will reveal themselves as more of Gris’s world becomes accessible. You can get it here at 49% off.

    GRIS

    Foundation

    Foundation is a grid-less, sprawling medieval city building simulation with a heavy focus on organic development and monument creation. Players must create a prosperous settlement as the newly appointed lord of a region untouched by man. You can get it here at 20% off.

    The Humble Store

    Graveyard Keeper

    Graveyard Keeper takes the player back to medieval time, where you will have to take on all the responsibilities of a cemetery manager. The simulation game allows you gather resources to create your very own environment by building and managing your own graveyard, finding ways to cut costs and make sure that all the dead find rest and peace. You can get it here at 60% off.

    Autonauts

    In Autonauts, travel the universe colonizing uninhabited planets with the sole goal of setting worlds in motion through the power of automation. Fresh from your spaceship you must harvest stick and stone and begin your colonization efforts. Create rudimentary crafting items from blueprints and slowly build a number of workerbots to aid in your efforts. You can get it here at 20% off.

    Birthdays the Beginning Digital Limited Edition

    From the legendary creator, Mr. Yasuhiro Wada (TOYBOX Inc.), comes Birthdays the Beginning: a new sandbox game in which players create cube-shaped worlds that give rise to diverse and unique lifeforms. With careful experimentation, players can shape the geography and alter the temperature of each world to create the conditions for life and witness the birth of an entire ecosystem! You can get it here at 70% off.

    Itch.io

    Village Monsters

    Village Monsters is an open-ended village life set in the world of a long-forgotten video game. You play as a human living in a community of (mostly) friendly monsters. You can get it here at 10% off.

    Village Monsters

    A Short Hike

    Hike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak Provincial Park. Follow the marked trails or explore the back-country as you make your way to the summit. Along the way, meet other hikers, discover hidden treasures, and take in the world around you. A Short Hike is a little peaceful exploration game about hiking up a mountain. You can get it here at 10% off.

    Cosmic Express

    This cute puzzle game has found a wonderful balance to keep you entertained for hours at a time – that is if your brain will not smoke up before. Cosmic Express challenges you with puzzles in which you will have to transport the space colony from point A to point B successfully. In order to do so you will have to build the train tracks in a fashion that allows the transport to go smoothly. You can get it here at 70% off.

    Cosmic Express Review

    If you’re interested in Steam’s Black Friday/Autumn Sale, I’ve got you covered here with some wholesome games.

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  • svgOct 23, 2019News

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    Letters, developed by 5am Games, a team of 3 members based in Zurich, Switzerland, is a puzzle-adventure game about friendship and using your words to make a difference. Solve riddles by literally moving around words through your character’s pen pal letters all while enjoying the cute graphics, the short but sweet gameplay, and an uplifting soundtrack! The game is currently in mid-production with the goal of releasing Letters in the first half of 2021. For now, Letters will be releasing on PC and Mac, with a later possibility of mobile and Nintendo Switch versions.

    As of today, October 23rd, 2019, the developers have launched their Kickstarter campaign which you can find here. Their rewards not only include a digital copy of the game but also, digital wallpapers, the digital soundtrack, physical sticker sheets, postcards, enamel pins and t-shirts, and more!

    About Letters

    Follow the life of Sarah by moving through pen pal letters and chat messages she sends to her friends. In a world made from paper and computers, words matter. So use their power to change drawings that block your way and interact with images of Sarah’s friends and family. Pick up words from the text and throw it at a drawing or image to change it.

    Like in real life, finding the right words is hard. That’s why in Letters you can create new words by breaking apart the existing ones. Think out of the box and play with words in a new and fun way.

    Follow Sarah’s life from childhood until she’s a young woman and make decisions for her along the way. Choose your words wisely cause you never know how they will affect Sarah’s life.

    Key Features

    • innovative word-based riddle mechanic, you’ve never seen before
    • relatable coming of age story, inspired by real-life
    • branching storyline where you can discover new possibilities with every playthrough
    • beautifully hand-drawn visuals & pixel art evolving with Sarah’s age
    • comfy, playful & casual game that focuses on narration and having fun with words
    • good for practicing English skills in a fun way

    Letters is inspired by the branching storyline of Life is Strange, the personal feel of A Normal Lost Phone, the nostalgia of Emily is Away Too and the creators’ own experiences growing up. Furthermore, the game also has elements from traditional word-games like Scrabble. If that piques you’re interest, try out the free demo either on Steam or itch.io now! You can also view my demo playthrough below.

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  • svgOct 2, 2019News

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    When you think about the fall season, you may picture spooky pumpkins, ghosts, and scarecrows. As we’ve seen with Potion Paws, not everything to do with Halloween is scary, but can be rather adorable! That’s the case with 2D platformer and patch-work style graphics, Haymakers, where you play as little Lottie the scarecrow! This game is still in development with no release date but you can try out a 15-20 minutes demo right here on itch.io (PC, Mac, Linux). See below for more information on Haymakers and follow the indie developers on Twitter here.

    About Haymakers

    Haymakers is a 2D platformer. You play as Lottie the scarecrow who, with the help of her trusty ‘Hitchfork’, can hitch onto objects and enemies. When she’s hitched onto something, she can let go and launch herself at incredible speeds! She can use this ability to zoom through levels, break blocks, and fly through the air! Lottie will also meet a few friends along the way, including another scarecrow she can help by breaking him out of traps.

    The game takes place in a land where scarecrows live. Most scarecrows like to farm, but some, like Lottie, seek adventure! One day after resting during one of her travels, she meets a young scarecrow named Bobby. The demo covers a series of mishaps with Bobby and some other scarecrows, but Lottie’s true adventure has yet to begin…

    Key Features

    • Super fast and cool movement!
    • Scarecrow friends to talk to!
    • Secret pumpkins!
    • A lovely quilt and fabric-like art style!
    • A bucket!

    If you’re in the festive mood now and can’t wait to play some wholesome games this Halloween, check out our following articles: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp Halloween Costumes Are Here, Mildly Spooky Games You Should Play This Halloween, and Latest Ghost Parade Trailer Sets Spooky Mood For Halloween.

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  • svgSep 12, 2019Quick Bits

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    Snacko is an adorable farming simulation and adventure game we here at myPotatoGames have been keeping tabs on bluecurse’s updates. The indie studio is comprised of husband and wife Jordan and Erisa. In Snacko, you play as a cat named Momo who is determined to revive a once-populated island with many great resources and places to explore. The characters Momo and Mikan are even based off of the developers’ real-life cats!

    Unfortunately, an error occurred during the live-stream on Twitch during Bitsummit 2019 and the Snacko trailer was nowhere to be found. Luckily, the developers have recently published the cat-tastic trailer which includes Momo farming, fishing, decorating (with ease might we add), spending time with friends, and enjoying seasonal festivities!

    Snacko will be releasing sometime in 2021 on the Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam and itch.io). For more Tokyo Game Show 2019 related news, which also includes a pair of cat ears, check out our article here: Giraffe and Annika a Manga-Inspired RPG at Bitsummit 2019.

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  • svgSep 6, 2019News

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    A Short Hike is a little peaceful exploration game about hiking up a mountain. As of July 30th, 2019, sole indie developer adamgryu (adam robinson-yu) released his adorable relaxing adventure game for PC, Mac, and Linux on Steam here and Itch.io here. The game is only $7.99 US and is already receiving a large amount of very positive reviews.

    About A Short Hike

    Hike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak Provincial Park. Follow the marked trails or explore the back-country as you make your way to the summit. Along the way, meet other hikers, discover hidden treasures, and take in the world around you. (Description from Steam bio)

    Key Features

    • Explore the island any way you like. Choose your own path to follow and see where it leads you. You never know what you might stumble into!
    • Hike at your own pace — there’s no need to rush to the summit! Take your time fishing along the river banks or swimming by the lakeshore.
    • Collect hidden treasures to reach new heights. Try taking a dive off the mountain peaks to soar above the forests.
    • Chat with the other hikers you meet along your route. You might be able to help each other out!
    • Listen to a lush original soundtrack by Mark Sparling that progresses dynamically as you explore the wilderness.

    For more information about A Short Hike, you can go to the official website here. Furthermore, if you enjoy playing short and calming games, check out our review here: Solo Islands of the Heart Review – An Introspective Journey About Love.

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  • svgAug 30, 2019News

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    Shipping Out! is a brand new indie game about friendship and adventure.  What’s more, you can go download it right now, for the fabulous price of…whatever you want to pay!  (What price could be better than ‘name your own’?)  It is not a long game, so it won’t eat up too much of your time. Take a look at the Shipping Out! trailer.

    In Shipping Out!, you will first create your character.  There’s lots of customization available, so make your avatar in your own style!  And in a very unusual feature, it seems that you can even customize the appearance of your own parents.

    Once you’re satisfied with your style, go experience your first day at a new school.  Make friends, and be mystified by the strange goings-on happening around your new town, McGuire.  Things are going missing.  Are they being STOLEN?  We hope this screenshot doesn’t indicate that even the pets aren’t safe!

    With friends at your side, you will find the reasons behind the rash of disappearances (or thefts?) happening in McGuire.  You can download Shipping Out here.  And if you like their game and want to support these indie devs, don’t forget to follow DPandaHeart on Twitter.  Boost their signal by hitting ‘like’ and ‘retweet’, folks!  If this game does well, who knows what other awesome games we may see from them in the future?

    If you like indie games about friendship and adventure, take a look at Sayri Adventure, due out for consoles and PC this year!

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