SunnySide is an upcoming game published by Merge Games with a mix of farming and a dash of dating sim. The graphics are reminiscent of the Lake so it really has a relaxing vibe. SunnySide is inspired by the Japanese countryside and will have you fermenting your own soy sauce and slicing tofu, and gazing upon cherry blossom trees!
Much like My Time at Sandrock, SunnySide has more of a modernised take on farming by giving you access to solar panels, electric water pumps, and other such contemporary machines. You’ll be totally self-sufficient when it comes to growing and cooking your own food and generating your own power. There will be no shipping boxes or other tedious tasks!
With that extra free time, you can really get to know the locals. Moreover, form friendships or romantic relationships, join groups, attend events, and more! With the use of technology, like your in-game smartphone, you can keep in touch with new friends, access online shopping, and store your favourite farm fresh recipes.
Coming Soon to Switch and Steam
The developers behind this beautiful farming JRPG plan to release it on PC and Switch in 2023, with PlayStation and Xbox to follow soon after. For now, you can Wishlist SunnySide on Steam here.
Find Items, Explore an Island Filled with Frogs, Solve Puzzles, Farm, and Fish
Time on Frog Island has a new trailer via the Guerrilla Collective 3 announcing its release date this summer! This adorable adventure game starts like most of our beloved island sim games; a shipwreck. This particular and peculiar island is filled with frogs!
Seek out or trade for materials to fix your boat, solve puzzles, find hidden treasure, and go exploring! While running around, fishing, farming, concocting new brews, and talking to frogs, you’ll learn new abilities and new ways to help you traverse the island.
Town Building, Exploration, Combat, Looting, and Villagers to Befriend/Romance
Solo developer Vasilis at Kappa Bits and publisher Merge Games just announced their new game Pixelshire. This 2D farming and life-sim reminds us of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, especially with the newly added feature of terraforming.
When you settle into this town on the continent of Arcadia, you not only get to build your home, but also get to design the homes of your neighbours. However, like us, you’ll probably spend most of your time carving out rivers, creating hills, and making paths with the landscape.
Aside from forming and growing the population of the town, you can master skills and trades. For example, tending to livestock, growing crops, mining, woodcutting, fishing, cooking, and brewing. To sell these items you’ve made or collected, you can put them in your own shop!
While exploring through procedurally-generated islands with enchanted forests, mountain jungles, and more, you’ll fight enemies, find hidden treasure, and clear dungeons. On these adventures, you can even get the villagers you have befriended or romanced to join you!
Rokaplay, one of the publishers behind Stranded Sails: Explorers of the Cursed Islands, have just sent out their emails today (October 10th, 2019) with a link to directly download a free demo to your PC. All you have to do is sign up for their mailing list or join their Discord channel! As previously mentioned, this demo will be a stand-alone experience that takes place 1 in-game day before your big journey in the full game. Below is the entire gameplay footage and my experience playing the prologue which can be completed in under 2 hours.
Even though most of the trailers we have seen of Stranded Sails so far included a male protagonist, I was delightfully surprised that you could also choose to be female. You must start by going to sleep in your bed in order to rest for your sea voyage with your father’s crew. Meaning, for the purpose of this demo, the entirety of the story is that of a dream (a la Link’s Awakening). It’s also adorable that you will be guided by a talking parrot.
Controls are simple to use, and the guides where helpful.
Immediately I’m relieved with how simple the mouse controls are and rarely needing to use the keyboard. You can even have quicker access to everything, depending on how you like to play. All new things that you have learned will be recorded in the Handbook, controls will always be displayed until you have used them at least once, and the overall main quest tells you what you need to do! I find it so much more relaxing when everything is laid out for you like this.
Discover recipes, plant crops and make dishes for your journey!
This time, the parrot will give you your crafting station, cooking station, and bed. You’ll also have access to a barrel of apples that will never deplete which you can return to and replenish your stamina. Every action you take, even walking, will tire you out so you need to be prepared for long expeditions. Your main focus should be to find recipes outright or discover them by trying different combinations of food. I hope in the full version this will also not discard your items if you fail a recipe. The rest is straightforward as any farming simulation; dig with a shovel, plant your seeds, water your crops and harvest.
Explore and find materials to craft items.
You’ll start with only 3 slots to carry your dishes. However, you can unlock and expand with a larger backpack later. The first time you explore the island will be to catch some fish where indicated, which is also nice and simple. Then, when you get your axe, you can cut down the thorns that were in your way to access new locations. Once you’ve gathered wood, metal scraps and rope pieces, you can begin to craft kits and items to continue playing and reaching more areas.
Fight ghost pirates and find treasure!
Finally, inside a sinister cave, you’ll find your sword which can be used as a lever or a weapon to fight ghost pirates! When you touch totems inside the cave, a few enemies will surround you, all with their own unique abilities or fighting styles. It’s pretty handy that they are all color coordinated and it becomes easy to learn their moves in order to avoid getting hit. Also, don’t forget to look everywhere for treasure! Upon exiting the cave, you’ll find a rowboat on the beach. Take it for a ride and access new archipelagos with new items! When all is done, you’ll climb back aboard your shipwreck and wake up.
I had a lot of fun playing Stranded Sails: Prologue and highly recommend you try it out for yourselves before the full game releases on October 17th, 2019 for PC, PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch!
We here at myPotatoGames are happy to say that Stranded Sails: Explorers of the Cursed Islands has a release date of October 2019! Furthermore, it is releasing worldwide both digitally and physically. This open-world adventure and simulation game is developed by Lemonbomb Entertainment and published by rokapublish. Now they have also teamed up with Merge Games to bring the title to all current generation consoles! Stranded Sails will be released for PC, Nintendo Switch, as well as Xbox One and PlayStation 4 simultaneously on the same release date!
About Merge Games
Merge Games is well known for publishing great indie titles like Yonder, Moonlighter, Solo: Islands of the Heart, and Frost Punk, to name a few! They will also release a special collectible Signature Edition of Stranded Sails exclusively for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch! We have to stay tuned for now to see exactly what a special edition version will look like!
However, if it is anything like their other unique ‘Signature Edition’ line of boxed games, we’re in for quite a treat! They normally come complete with collector’s items like art books, soundtrack CD’s, enamel pins, or other such merchandise, and always signed by the creators of games! We’ll definitely keep you all posted when we know for sure!
New Announcement Trailer
You can check out our previous article on Stranded Sails here and get a sneak peak of what lies in-store for players that enter the dark caves on the archipelago that they have been shipwrecked on. Survive along with your crew by building shelters, farming, fishing, and more! Explore around other islands, uncover treasure, and discover other mysteries all so you can escape this place. See below for the newest and most exciting trailer of Stranded Sails!